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On a weight per volume basis, the SI unit of concentration, abbreviated mg/L, usually applied to dissolved material in a solution. This unit is used in water analyses and in mud and mud-filtrate analyses. Increasingly, mg/L and ppm are used interchangeably in mud analyses. Actually, mg/L and ppm can only be interchanged when the sample has the exact density of water, which is only approximated by very dilute solutions.