H2O balance and budget

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by sculptor, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    From my readings:
    It seems that we are continually losing H to space when water molecules break open which translates to losing light water while keeping heavy water so, slowly shifting our water balance to heavier water.(assuming that deuterium would be les likely to escape into space)
    and then
    It seems that we are continuously gaining water from comets and asteroids. Certainly nothing to compare to the LHB, but none the less, ongoing.

    then
    Are we at equilibrium?
    Are we neither gaining nor losing net earthbound water?
    Or, are we losing more than we are gaining, or the other way round?
    Is our percentage of heavy water slowly increasing?

    Your thoughts?
     
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  3. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Anyone?
     
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  5. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    This article suggest the Earth incurring a net loss of mass: http://scitechdaily.com/earth-loses-50000-tonnes-of-mass-every-year/

    Also it does not suggest there is any gain of water from comets, only dust from space.

    This would suggest the ratio of D to H may be increasing - infinitessimally. However I am not sure it is true to say that no D is lost to space. Acc Wiki, the Earth loses 3kg/sec of H2 and 50g/sec of He. The molecular weight of D2 is the same as that of He.
     
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