Talk:Salt gland

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Removal of important info and replacement of good explanation with tech-speak[edit]

Compare the article from the time when I edited it, to the condition it is in now. IMHO it became a tech-speak article, instead of clearly indicating that this gland is of interest, how it works, and why it is needed. Also well sourced information has been removed and replaced with un-sourced information. The article has been left in almost a Wikipedia:Stub form. I have a draft where I was going to elaborate and fill in information, including original drawings and well sourced material. This cannot happen now, since the article has been cut. The salt gland is:

  • Of interest because it is similar in some ways to tears and sweat glands. In fact is exists as tear glands in many of the animals with salt glands.
  • Of interest because it has two counter-current mechanisms (exchange and multiplier) allowing it to work.
  • Of interest because of the importance of sea-water and salty fossil water desalination and the widespread search for bio-mimicry.
  • It works because of two sets of counter-current mechanisms: a counter-current exchange mechanism and a counter-current multiplier.
  • It is needed because of the lack of salt removing skin, because of too small a kidney in many animals with salt glands.
  • It is needed because of the salty environment of desert or sea animals - away from any freshwater source. פשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 23:57, 23 December 2013 (UTC)