Friday, February 29, 2008

Milky-White Rain

Lots of concern about the milky-white rain that fell in southwestern New Mexico on January 7th.

Pure water in equilibrium with CO2 should have a pH about 5.6. Most rain in remote areas, containing organic acids, would be a bit more acid - pH ~ 5. This stuff apparently had a pH of 7.9: very alkaline!

So far, speculation on a cause centers on white dust kicked up from Willcox Playa in southeastern Arizona, and that seems quite likely as an explanation to me.

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