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5.2: Distribution and solubility of gases in seawater

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The solubility of gases in seawater is a temperature dependent relationship, solubility is highest in cold water, and lowest in warm water. Henry's Law explains the relationship between the partial pressure of a gas and the solubility of the gas in water in this equation: 

[C] = k Pgas 


[C] is the solubility of the gas 

k is Henry's Law Constant

Pgas is the partial pressure of the gas