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Atmospheric and Oceanic Carbon Dioxide

Nature volume 71, pages 283284 (19 January 1905) | Download Citation



THE carbonic acid of sea-water is usually supposed to be present in combination with certain bases, which constitute the alkalinity of the water, partly in the form of normal carbonate and partly in the form of bicarbonate, the total amount present being insufficient to convert the whole of the base into the bicarbonate. Thus the water of the North Atlantic has been found to contain 49 c.c. of carbonic acid gas per litre, whilst 54 c.c. would be required to convert the base completely into bicarbonate. That this view is not quite correct has been shown by Dr. A. Krogh, of Copenhagen, in a series of investigations on the carbon dioxide of the air and ocean.1


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    "Meddelelser om Gronland," vol. xxvi. pp. 333, 409.

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