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Chlorine, ''[[Elements on Mars|periodic table]] Cl'', is a gas with 17 protons.  It's most common isotope is CL35 with an occurrence of 76% and with CL37 making up the other 24%.
Chlorine, ''[[Elements on Mars|periodic table]] Cl'', is a gas with 17 protons.  It's most common isotope is CL35 with an occurrence of 76% and with CL37 making up the other 24%.


Chlorine is abundant on the Martian surface,  
Chlorine is abundant on the Martian surface where is is combined in many minerals, notably sodium chloride, or table salt.  Chlorine is a precursor required for the production of [[Polyvinyl Chloride|polyvinyl chloride]] plastics, or [[Polyvinyl Chloride|PVC]].
 
==[[In-situ resource utilization|In situ Production]]==
Chlorine is not available as a gas from the Martian atmosphere.  However, it could be produced in situ from Sodium chloride as a co-product in the preparation of caustic soda (NaOH).  Chlorine is also a constituting element of the [[Perchlorate]] family of chemicals.  These perchlorates may provide a significant hazard in the establishment of a Martian settlement.  So treating Martian soils could provide a source of chlorine for the chemical industry.


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Chlorine

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Chlorine, periodic table Cl, is a gas with 17 protons. It's most common isotope is CL35 with an occurrence of 76% and with CL37 making up the other 24%.

Chlorine is abundant on the Martian surface where is is combined in many minerals, notably sodium chloride, or table salt. Chlorine is a precursor required for the production of polyvinyl chloride plastics, or PVC.

In situ Production

Chlorine is not available as a gas from the Martian atmosphere. However, it could be produced in situ from Sodium chloride as a co-product in the preparation of caustic soda (NaOH). Chlorine is also a constituting element of the Perchlorate family of chemicals. These perchlorates may provide a significant hazard in the establishment of a Martian settlement. So treating Martian soils could provide a source of chlorine for the chemical industry.

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