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Comparison of the line profile of water with those of other chemically or physically related molecules for the low-mass protostar NGC 1333 IRAS 4A. SiO and CO 10–9 trace shock and outflow; NH3 and CH3OH are both ice mantle products, similar to H2O. The fact that their profiles are narrower suggests that H2O is not just sputtered from ices but also produced by high temperature chemistry in the gas. The anticorrelation of the HCO+ abundance with that of water is illustrated by its lack of broad line profiles.

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