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Help with a question about Osmosis!

  1. Oct 2, 2005 #1
    I'm having a difficult time with a question in my homework and I was just wondering if anyone would help me out.
    The question is:
    Road salt that has been accidentally spilled on grass often kills grass. Explain why this happens?

    I think it is because the salt deprives the grass of getting water, so it shrivels up and dies. Does anyone know if I am on the right track? I would love to hear another imput.
     
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  3. Oct 2, 2005 #2

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    You are on the right track but there might be more to it. So, if you gave us a more details explanation of your thought process we might be able to help you more.
     
  4. Oct 2, 2005 #3
    Okay, if the grass' soil contains salt, it would be hypertonic, so the cells will kill the grass and the water around it has a higher concentration of salt, so the water will leave the cell?
     
  5. Oct 2, 2005 #4

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  6. Oct 2, 2005 #5
    Thanks for your help:)
     
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