Today’s Video of the Day comes from the American Chemical Society’s Reactions series and answers the age-old question: is it OK to pee in the ocean?
For starters, urine is 95% water and contains 1 to 2 grams per liter of sodium and chloride ions, and similarly, ocean water is 96% water and contains an even higher concentration of sodium and chloride. Additionally, urine and seawater both contain high levels of potassium.
If you’re worried that dumping our primary urine waste product, urea, into the ocean feels like pollution – don’t! There’s simply too much water for the urea to accumulate to noticeable levels.
Source: American Chemical Society