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Storm trajectories in eastern US D/H isotopic composition of precipitation

Nature volume 296, pages 638640 (15 April 1982) | Download Citation

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The isotopic content of precipitation falling at a point provides information of potential importance concerning atmospheric circulation and climate change1–6. The isotopic content of precipitation, however, is controlled by the particular meteorological processes acting at a given time and place and is subject to considerable variation. We have measured the deuterium-to-hydrogen ratios (D/H) of precipitation at Mohonk Lake, New York, from individual storms over a 2-yr period, July 1977–June 1979. These ratios varied systematically with the locus of the paths followed by the storms: the more seawards (and southerly) the paths and the colder the temperatures at Mohonk, the lower were the D/H ratios.

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  1. Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Palisades, New York 10964, USA

    • James R. Lawrence
    • , Stanley D. Gedzelman
    • , James W. C. White
    •  & Paula Lazov
  2. City College of New York, New York, New York 11031, USA

    • Stanley D. Gedzelman
  3. Mohonk Lake, New Paltz, New York 12561, USA

    • Daniel Smiley

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