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Explain what would happen to the animals and plants in a saltwater ecosystem if it were flooded by fresh water?

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    since the plants and animals are flooded by the saltwater, the presence of so much salt would put them in a "hypertonic" environment, meaning that there is more solute present (in this case salt) than water. Plants and animals have to have a certain balance of salt and water in order to maintain life. Therefore the overwhelming amount of salt could kill them. Hope this helps!

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    I don't believe this answer is proper for it doesn't address the question. The question pertains to salt water animals and plants flooded with fresh water. The answer by Jaime addresses animals and plants in a fresh water system flooded with salt water.

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    WHAT WOULD BE THE PROPER ANSWER DrBob222? Please help

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    Look at the definitions for hypertonic and hypotonic solution. A hypotonic solution would be the freshwater and hypertonic solution would be saltwater.

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