Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Atmospheric Fluorine Compounds as Indicators of Air Movements


GASEOUS fluorine compounds are supposed not to occur naturally in the atmosphere. Volatile fluorine compounds would not be expected to result from chemical equilibria between fluorine compounds on the surface of the Earth, and it is improbable that biological systems contribute significant quantities of organic fluorine compounds.


  1. Lovelock, J. E., in Gas Chromatography 1968 (edit. by Harbourn, C. L. A.) (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1969).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Flowers, E. C., McCormick, R. A., and Kurfis, K. R., J. App. Meteorol., 8, 955 (1969).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

LOVELOCK, J. Atmospheric Fluorine Compounds as Indicators of Air Movements. Nature 230, 379 (1971).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing