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Seasonal and interannual change in mercury sequestration at Dome Fuji, Antarctica

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Title
Seasonal and interannual change in mercury sequestration at Dome Fuji, Antarctica
Other Titles
Seasonal and interannual change in mercury sequestration at Dome Fuji, Antarctica
Authors
Huh, Youngsook
Han, Yeongcheol
Hur, Soon Do
HIDEAKI MOTOYAMA
Hong, Sungmin
Keywords
Antarctica; Dome Fuji; Seasonal change; interannual change; mercury
Issue Date
2012
Citation
Huh, Youngsook, et al. 2012. Seasonal and interannual change in mercury sequestration at Dome Fuji, Antarctica. Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt. 2012.06.24~.
Abstract
The total mercury concentration (HgT) was determined with high precision in snow pit samples collected every 2.5 cm down to 2 m, covering ~27 years (1983-2010), at Dome Fuji in East Antarctica. This high-resolution data provide new information on seasonal and interannual change in mercury sequestration rate and factors affecting it. The HgT ranged between 0.20 (±0.02, 2σ) and 5.20 (±0.05) pg g-1 with variations at seasonal and interannual time scales. The mean mercury sequestration rate was estimated to be 3.1 ± 0.1 pg cm-2 yr-1, slightly higher than the previous estimate at Dome Fuji [1]. By comparison with sulfate concentration, δ18O-δD and deuterium excess profiles, the seasonality was characterized by summertime maxima in HgT, even though the peaks were not always exactly in phase. The enhanced mercury sequestration may be related to the active photochemical dynamics of mercury in summer [2]. We ascribe the interannual change to the variation in the atmospheric circulation over Antarctica that regulates the meridional transport of aerosols containing oxidant precursors, continental dust, moisture and heat, each of which is thought to play a role in the mercury dynamics on the Antarctic Plateau [3].
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http://repository.kopri.re.kr/handle/201206/8378
Conference Name
Goldschmidt
Conference Place
Goldschmidt
Conference Date
2012.06.24~
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