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Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

N2O is the second most abundant N species in the atmosphere. Its partial pressure is

3x10-7 atm. It is relatively unreactive in the troposphere. The main sink for N2O is photochemical reactions in the stratosphere (see atmosphere). It is produced by denitrification. N2O is fairly soluble in water. Its Henry's law coefficient is 2.6x10-2 mol/atm.

Suggested Reading:

Cotton, F. A., Wilkinson, G. 1972. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed. New York:Wiley.

Greenwood, N. N., Earnshaw, A. 1984. Chemistry of the Elements. Oxford:Pergamon.

Morel, F. M. M., Hering, J. G. 1993. Principles and Applications of Aquatic Chemistry. New York:Wiley.

Wark, K., Warner, C. F. 1981. Air Pollution: Its Origin and Control. New York:Harper and Row.