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Pure Appl. Chem., 2010, Vol. 82, No. 10, pp. 1855-1867

Published online 2010-06-30

Recent water myths

Alan K. Soper

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS Facility, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK

Abstract: Recently, there have been a number of claims about the nature of water as a liquid that seem to contradict traditional views. The present paper takes a close look at two of these claims—namely, that water is not the tetrahedral network that it is traditionally regarded as but a chain-like liquid, and that water is intrinsically heterogeneous by nature—and attempts to make sense of them.