hypersaline

noun hy·per·sa·line \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsā-ˌlēn , -ˌlīn \
variants: or less commonly hyper-saline
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hypersaline

: highly saline
  • … they dwell in one of the world's harshest habitats—shallow hypersaline lakes. Few creatures can tolerate the unusual environments of these saline deserts.
  • —Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sugar production is blamed for diverting freshwater flow through the Everglades and dumping excess nutrients. As a result, water flowing from the Everglades into Florida Bay and ultimately into the Keys, is hypersaline and prone to algal blooms.
  • Rodale's Scuba Diving

hypersalinity

play \ˌhī-pər-sā-ˈli-nə-tē, -sə-\ or less commonly hyper-salinity noun
    • Fresh water flowing into the sea is trapped; with no outflow, the only way out is up. High evaporation rates in this hot, arid zone result in extreme hypersalinity.
    • —Batsheva Sobelman

First Known Use of hypersaline

1937


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hypersaline? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!