The Ocean: A Natural Source of Carbon Monoxide

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Science  13 Feb 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3920, pp. 984-986
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3920.984


The surface waters of the western Atlantic are supersaturated with respect to the partial pressure of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Under these conditions, the net transport of carbon monoxide across the air-sea interface must be from the sea into the atmosphere. Thus, the ocean appears to act as a source of carbon monoxide. The ocean may be the largest known natural source of this gas, contributing possibly as much as 5 percent of the amount generated by burning of fuels by man.

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