What is the primary difference between distillation and evaporation?

Distillation intends to refine water, while evaporation changes its composition.


Distillation and evaporation differ primarily in purpose: Distillation is intended to purify or refine, while evaporation simply changes the composition of liquid. Both may be intentional, and both require the use of tools―even if that tool is as simple as a pot. The two processes are not the same.

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