Petroleum and Alpha Radiation


IN NATURE of Feb. 28 (127, p. 317) reference was made to my recent address before the American Association for the Advancement of Science,1 as reported by Science Service. Lest the ‘novelty’ of the possible role of alpha radiation in the interaction of hydrocarbons in the earth's crust obscure its true relative importance, I should like to make a further communication and to suggest a new way of accounting for the absence of free hydrogen in natural gases.

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LIND, S. Petroleum and Alpha Radiation. Nature 127, 813–814 (1931).

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