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What are the properties of table salt?

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Table salt, also known as sodium chloride, is a white or colorless crystal that sometimes appears to be a powder. This solid compound is also odorless and soluble in water. Its molecular formula is NaCl.

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One of the processes used to produce table salt is called solution mining. In solution mining, water is pumped underground into a salt bed or dome to create a salt solution. The solution is then pumped through a plant for purification. Table salt is also used in the preservation of food due to its ability to draw water out of food. This process is called osmosis.

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