Gravitational Effects on Concentrations and Partial Pressures in Solutions: A Thermodynamic Analysis

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Science  15 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4066, pp. 1199-1201
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4066.1199


Thermodynamic analysis establishes the equilibrium relationships between the concentrations and partial pressures of the components of liquid and gaseous solutions in the presence of a gravitational field. The conditions of equilibrium between a column of gas and gas-saturated water and the conditions of equilibrium governing a model of the distribution of radioactive heat sources in surface rocks are deduced from the theory.