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Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Evaporation of Water


As meteorologists probe more deeply into the physical processes involved in the growth of cloud droplets, they are rapidly led to a conclusion which physical chemists have appreciated for quite some time: the varied and unique properties of ordinary water suggest a highly complex structure much of which still remains obscure. On this point there is little disagreement. There is considerably less agreement, however, on the best way in which to re-examine some of the classical concepts on which our facile and inadequate models of liquids are based. Evidence mounts that a fresh start must be made before we can obtain a realistic and fruitful working model. In this connexion, we have chosen to scrutinize the classical concept of evaporation.

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SECHRIST, F. Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Evaporation of Water. Nature 199, 899–900 (1963).

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