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Published March 13, 1970 | public
Journal Article

Structure of Water

Kamb, Barclay


Narten and Levy (1) argue that multi-"phase" models of- water structure have not been adequately enough specified to allow a valid test against diffraction data, whereas they represent the one-"phase" model of Narten, Danford, and Levy (2) as an adequately specified model. I wish-to point out that in fact the Narten-Danford-Levy model is just as inadequately specified as are existing multi-"phase" models. The Narten-Danford-Levy model describes the average structure around any water molecule on the basis of an arrangement of neighbors such as that in ice I, modified by the possible presence of molecular vacancies and interstitial molecules.

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© 1970 American Association for the Advancement of Science. 8 September 1969; Revised 29 December 1969. Division of Geological Sciences, Contribution No. 1722. I thank D. Eisenberg and L. Pauling for helpful discussions, and A. H. Narten and H. A. Levy for kindly sending me in advance their reply to this commentary.

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