For all you science lovers like me, you probably go through your day asking a lot of questions about, well, everything. “How long can spiders live for?” and “What would happen if put cotton candy in the microwave?” are two of the bizarre thoughts that have crossed my mind today. We, amateur scientists, are curious by things that are all around us and there are millions of questions to be asked!

One question that recently came to my mind was inspired by a relaxing beach day. All it took was one dip in the salty ocean water to get my mind racing about the composition of the water and what it would look like frozen or, even cooler, heated up.

Luckily, the King of Random must have had the same thought! When visiting the Pacific shore in Oregon, the YouTuber and his wife couldn’t help but wonder: what would happen if we boiled ocean water on the stove?

Will it evaporate quickly? Will the salt separately? How quickly will the water boil with all the salt in it?

King of Random

As it turns out, the ocean is only comprised of 3.5% salt – that means if you were to take one cubic mile of salt water and let all the water evaporate away, you would still have 120 million tons of sea salt

Like me, the King of Random was wondering if he would really get a mound of sea salt after boiling down some water straight from the ocean. So, he and his wife collected a big jug of water from the Pacific Ocean to find out.

The two got 8-10 lbs. of ocean water, which would have about 130 g. of salt in it. Next, they would let it sit for a few days to let all the impurities (mainly sand) settle to the bottom of the jug before transferring the water to another jug, barring the sand. Then the jug was left for ten months on a shelf, although you don’t need to leave it for so long if you want to try this yourself!

After boiling the water for about an hour and a half, the water was entirely gone, leaving the pot bone-dry. Left in its place was a white, powdery residue – you guessed it, sea salt! To see how he efficiently removes the salt from the pot, make sure to watch the video below.

It would be extremely cool to harvest and bottle this “homemade” salt to sell in your neighborhood! Watch the full video below to see how it’s done step-by-step and try this fun experiment the next time you’re at the beach.