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How does Oxygen get into Water?

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We’ve talked a lot here about our super-charged oxygen water and about how oxygen works in and for our bodies.  Today I’m going to explore something more basic… How does oxygen get into water in the first place?

We know how does Oxygen get into Water

We all know that water is H2O.  This means it is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.  Oxygen gets into water in 3 ways. “It is by these means that most lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans receive the oxygen necessary to support aquatic life.”:

  1. Diffusion from surrounding air.
  2. Aeration of water.
  3. Waste products of plants.

I remember when I was young and we had a gold fish.  Every few days we had to change the water in the bowl.  So we ran tap water and set it out in an open container for the clorine to evaporate.  Then it was my job to take glasses of the water and pour it back in from a foot or more height because this “aeration” added more oxygen to the water that the goldfish needed to live.

Oxygen enters the water through two natural processes: (1) diffusion from the atmosphere and (2) photosynthesis by aquatic plants. The mixing of surface waters by wind and waves increases the rate at which oxygen from the air can be dissolved or absorbed into the water.  read more

There are also other factors that effect the amount of oxygen that water can contain.  Specifically, they are temperature of the water and altitude of the water.

Temperature.  The lower the temperature, the higher the amount of dissolved oxygen in a body of water;  the opposite is also true, in other words, the higher the water temperature the lower the amount of dissolved oxygen.  The amount of DO is highly dependent on the temperature.

Altitude.  As altitude increases, the atmospheric (barometric) pressure decreases.  Thus, the amount of oxygen diffused into the water decreases. Look at the graph below. It charts the dissolved oxygen capacity based on altitude and temperature.  Altitude is represented in meters; the scale is from -500 meters (i.e. below sea level) to 2000 meters.  Temperature is represented in degrees Celsius ; the scale is from 1 to 30 degrees Celsius.  read more

What I find most interesting is that, even though water is chemically made up of oxygen, aquatic life needs additional oxygen in the water in order to survive.  Thus increasing the oxygen our bodies have available to use gives us a fighting chance against health problems and disease.

Other articles:  Yahoo! Answers

Originally posted 2015-04-01 23:12:53.

November 17th, 2017

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