During my flight to obtain water samples for our radon measurements, I was struck by the white streaks in the bank water (Fig. 9). I asked the pilot what it was. He replied, “It’s a whiting”. When I asked what he meant, he said that it was made up of tiny calcium carbonate crystals which had spontaneously precipitated from the bank water. When we got back to New York, I asked around and found that there were two schools of thought regarding the origin of whitings. One school agreed with the pilot that they were spontaneous precipitates and...

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