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  1. One of many tests that measures, either directly or indirectly, the concentration of salt in a sample of water.
  2. A term describing water solutions containing dissolved mineral solids. The U.S. Geo logical Survey has assigned terms for degrees of salinity for waters with the following dissolved solids concentration ranges
  • Slightly saline - 1,000 to 3,000 mg/L
  • Moderately saline - 3,000 to 10,000 mg/L
  • Very saline - 0,000 to 35,000 mg/L
  • Briny - over 35,000 mg/L