That gases can dissolve solids has been known since the work of Hannay in 1879-1881. The historical and theoretical aspects of this phenomenon are discussed, and the literature of the subject is summarized and reviewed. Some previously unpublished results from the Geophysical Laboratory on the solubility of UO 2 , Al 2 O 3 , NiO, Nb 2 O 5 , Ta 2 O 5 , BeO and GeO 2 at 500 degrees C, 1,000 bars steam pressure, are included.

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