Atmospheric deposition fluxes and seasonal variations of elements in Northeast of Sichuan, central China

Xiao Ning Tong, Hou Yun Zhou, Chen Feng You, Jing Tang, Hou Chun Liu, Ying Huang, Hai Bo He

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Abstract

Monthly atmospheric deposition was collected in Northeast of Sichuan Province from August 2011 to July 2012. Contents of Na, Mg, Ca, K, Si, Sr, Ba and Zn in weak-acid leachable fraction (with pH values of ca. 2) of the deposition were determined using ICP-MS. The results indicated that the deposition fluxes of all these elements exhibited notable seasonal variations. For example, the deposition flux of Na increased with precipitation, suggesting a dominant derivation from wet deposition; whereas the fluxes of Ca, Ba, Si, Sr and Mg displayed higher values during winter or spring season, suggesting that these elements may be closely associated with atmospheric dust activity. The annual fluxes of these elements were remarkably different in value. Na had the highest flux of 30497 μg·(102 cm2·a)-1, more than three orders of magnitude higher than the lowest flux of Ba of 27.4 μg·(102 cm2·a)-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalHuanjing Kexue/Environmental Science
Volume35
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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