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, 175 (4017), 54-5

Atmospheric Oxygen: Isotopic Composition and Solubility Fractionation

Atmospheric Oxygen: Isotopic Composition and Solubility Fractionation

P Kroopnick et al. Science.

Abstract

Atmospheric oxygen has been found to be enriched in oxygen-18 by 23.5 +/- 0.3 per mil relative to average ocean water (SMOW). Oxygen dissolved in seawater is further enriched in oxygen-18 by 0.85 per mil at 0 degrees C. The temperature dependence of the solubility enrichment is given by epsilon (per mil) = 0.85- 0.010 t ( degrees C). This result is in good agreement with earlier measurements of the solubility effect in distilled water.

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