The pK1* for the dissociation of H2S in various ionic media

J. Peter Hershey, Tinka Plese, Frank J. Millero

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The stoichiometric pK1* for the dissociation of H2S has been determined from emf measurements in NaCl from 0.1 m to saturation at 5, 25 and 45°C and in KCl solutions at 5 and 25°C. The values of pK1* were also measured in NaCl with small amounts of added MgCl2 and CaCl2 to I = 6.0 m at 25 °C. The results were used to determine Pitzer coefficients for the interactions of HS- ions with Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+. Values of the pK1*, estimated using these coefficients, were found to be in excellent agreement with the measured values. Estimates of pK1* in seawater and Dead Sea water calculated from the Pitzer coefficients were in excellent agreement with measured values from 5 to 25°C. Thus, it is possible to characterize the thermodynamics of the first dissociation of H2S in most natural waters from 0 to 50°C and I = 0 to 6 m.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2047-2051
Number of pages5
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1988

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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