What is Osmosis and Reverse Osmosis ?

by Maria Fiore Pilon Water The Source Of Life

What is Osmosis ?

Google dictionary defines it:

"A process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane". From: Google Dictionary

From Wikictionary defines it:

1. "The net movement of solvent molecules from a region of high solvent potential to a region of lower solvent potential through a partially permeable membrane

2. (slang) Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge.

I was reading about chickens, and I guess I learned about hawks through osmosis."

[quotations ▲] * 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pages 36-37 (2001 Perennial paperback edition)

At age fourteen, by a process of osmosis, of dirty jokes, whispered secrets and filthy ballads, Tristram learned of sex.

From defines it: "Osmosis is the diffusion of a solvent (frequently water) through a semi-permeable membrane, from a solution of low solute concentration (high water potential) to a solution with high solute concentration (low water potential), up a solute concentration gradient."

What is reverse Osmosis ?

From defines it from

"With pollution and shortage of water becoming a global concern, scientists and engineers strive for new ways to reuse water and create clean water sources. Reverse osmosis is a process that is widespread in many homes and industries around the globe.

Reverse osmosis has a number of applications, not just for water alone, and you might be surprised in how many ways you are be acquainted with reverse osmosis.

Reverse osmosis is the process of removing, or separating, all particles and solids down to the smallest invisible salt particle from liquids."

Read more: What Is the Definition of Reverse Osmosis?

; defines Reverse Osmosis:

"Reverse osmosis is a filtration process with the help of which dissolved salts and metallic ions are removed from water. Here is more information about this process and its uses."

What effect can it do for the environment, for our drinking water and our utility usage ?


How it Works

"Reverse osmosis uses intense pressure to force liquids through a membrane or filter with holes so small that no particles can get through at all, and only the pure liquid remains."

Drinking Water

" In many places around the world where there is limited potable water, reverse osmosis is used for desalination, or the removal of salt, from seawater, to provide drinkable water. Many homes in the United States also have personal reverse osmosis water filters on drinking faucets that operate on the same principle, to filter tap water through pressure and provide drinking water.

Read more: What Is the Definition of Reverse Osmosis?


Uses of Reverse Osomosis are:

  1. " Drinking water purification
  2. Waste and Water Purification
  3. Dialysis
  4. Food Industry
  5. Car Washing
  6. Maple Syrup Production
  7. Hydrogen Production
  8. Reef Aquarium Keeping"

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About Maria Fiore Pilon Senior     Water The Source Of Life

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Ian Begg Committed   Marketer, Engineer
Unusual Post :-)
Apr 30th 2011 19:17   
Maria Fiore Pilon Senior   Water The Source Of Life
Thank you very much for your comment. Maria
Apr 30th 2011 22:56   
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