It is found that water becomes highly ionized when it is compressed by intense shock waves. A number of measurements at shock pressures between 33,000 atm and 127,000 atm have shown that the specific conductance rises steadily, reaching about 1 ﾎｩ-1 cm-1 at the highest pressure. It is concluded that most of the change is due to an increase in the ionic product of water, possibly by a factor as great as 1012 at 127,000 atm. The experimental method is described in some detail.
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