Abstract

In his article on “Concentrations of Hydrocarbons in the Earth, Geophysics, July 1939, Mr. E. McDermott says “it is known that ethylene in the presence of chlorine, and especially aluminum chloride, will polymerize even at a faster rate.” On page 198, the statements are made “based on the assumption that the wax is formed from ethylene in the presence of chloride and sunlight, this is not surprising” and, also, “That ethylene in the presence of chlorine will polymerize was demonstrated in the laboratory by bubbling the gas through a concentrated salt solution for two days.”

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