Hot Brines on Los Roques, Venezuela

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Science  02 Aug 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4149, pp. 440-442
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4149.440


Solar heating of dense natural brines to 47°C has been observed in a small lagoon in the Venezuelan Antilles and in an artificial brine reservoir in New York State. Calculations indicate that approximately 90 percent of the solar energy can be trapped in the brine by a combination of refraction and absorption. Brine ponds should be considered as solar energy collectors.