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    Also the type of sand in Aruba....primarily from ground up coral. Different filtration properties. Different water temperature and salinity. Consider the clarity of the water and lack of particulate matter. All are in addition to the causes mentioned earlier.

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    Learned a lot from my questions, thanks everyone! One of those things that make Aruba different than a lot of places we are used to, how clean it is and how you don't burn your feet walking on hot sand is another nice difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    Also the type of sand in Aruba....primarily from ground up coral. Different filtration properties. Different water temperature and salinity. Consider the clarity of the water and lack of particulate matter. All are in addition to the causes mentioned earlier.
    I agree.....good points.

    Question on salinity, however,.....not certain it is measurably different except for where we have estuaries. Is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob o View Post
    I agree.....good points.

    Question on salinity, however,.....not certain it is measurably different except for where we have estuaries. Is it?

    Well...consider this. With a lot smaller population there are less people peeing in the ocean as well

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    hahahaha! what about all of the tourists? and does fish pee count?
    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    Well...consider this. With a lot smaller population there are less people peeing in the ocean as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    hahahaha! what about all of the tourists? and does fish pee count?

    What?????? I'm shocked!!! Do you really think we good tourists would pee in the Ocean??? Shame on you Andrea

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    Well...consider this. With a lot smaller population there are less people peeing in the ocean as well
    Awwww Geeeze..!

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    I think it's what you are used to. Being in landlocked Colorado we have no salt air/water around so I definitely can smell it when I go to Aruba. That's the best thing - the first big breath of ocean air when you step out of the airport.

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    I've never thought about it, but I live on the east coast and I hardly notice the "ocean" smell at all. Sometimes on a real low tide in the backwater, but most of the time nothing (my office is literally 100 yards from the ocean). Been here a long time, maybe I'm just used to it here so Aruba doesn't have that strong of a smell to me anyway?

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    I think the smell is from Marsh Gas (Methane, Sulphur etc.) primarily due to stagnant water and vegetation. Aruba's winds and waves are less conducive to such conditions. My other favorite beach is the Cape Cod Coast Guard beach.

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