What Has Caused the Secular Increase in Solar Nitrogen-15?

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Science  04 Aug 1989:
Vol. 245, Issue 4917, pp. 480-486
DOI: 10.1126/science.245.4917.480


Well-documented variations in the 15N/14N ratio in lunar surface samples apparently result from a secular increase in that ratio in the solar wind during the past few billion years. The cause of this change seems to lie in the solar convective zone but is inexplicable within our present understanding of solar processes. This problem therefore ranks with the solar neutrino deficiency as a major challenge to our solar paradigm.

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