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Ultra-violet Absorption of Sea Water

Nature volume 192, pages 858859 (02 December 1961) | Download Citation

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IT has been shown that at wave-lengths less than 230 mµ., the absorbency of sea water is about double that of a solution containing the same concentration of inorganic salts1,2. We ascribe the difference to the presence of organic matter which may be the same as the blue-absorbent substances named “Gelbstoff” by Kalle3. We have found regional differences in the east Atlantic and English Channel, high ultra-violet absorbencies usually being characteristic of coastal water2. This property may be used in hydrographic surveys, and for this purpose we have measured the absorbencies of filtered samples at 220 mµ, using a 10-cm. cuvette in a Unicam S.P.500 spectrophotometer.

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    • G. T. BOALCH

    International Paints Research Fellow.

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  1. Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill, Plymouth.

    • F. A. J. ARMSTRONG
    •  & G. T. BOALCH

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