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Issue Date: December 14, 2007

Atmospheric Chlorine Source Identified

Nitryl chloride detected in polluted marine areas
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

For the first time, scientists have detected in polluted marine atmospheres a molecule thought to be a potentially important source of ozone-damaging atmospheric chlorine. Nitryl chloride, or ClNO2, has been difficult to detect in the atmosphere, though its presence has long been predicted from lab studies.

Now, sensitive instruments aboard the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's research ship Ronald H. Brown have detected the molecule in surprisingly large quantities off the southern . . .

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