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The chemistry of sea salt aerosol and its measurement


The chemistry of precipitation (rain and snow) has been extensively monitored since the 1950s, with the analysis performed for nine ions in solution. It has been suggested that this monitoring should be extended to include the analysis for heavy metals. The examination of results which we report here indicate that routine measurement of one of the most common ions, sodium, has been of too low a quality to prove the most significant current theory about its behaviour in the atmosphere.

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