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Brine is water saturated or nearly saturated with salt. It is used (now less often than previously) to preserve vegetables, fish, and meat. Sea water, particularly that of the Dead Sea, is often regarded as brine.

Brine lakes develop as a result of high evaporation, the salt being derived either from the underlying rock or from airborne sea salt. Some of the most extensive occur in continental interiors, the Great Salt Lake in Utah being an example.

Brine lakes are a significant source of commercial table salt, which is obtained by evaporating the water.

see also brining

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