Chemistry Question #4079

Monse, a 13 year old female from Las Vegas asks on January 13, 2008,

What type of salt melts ice the quickest?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on January 24, 2008

They pretty much all melt ice the same. It makes no difference. It can even be sugar or alcohol. Anything mixed with the ice/water will make it melt. The only thing that changes the rate is temperature. See my answer why in Question #4060 on science.ca.

Here's another really good explanation by Fred Senese that includes an interactive animated illustration.

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