Seasonal variation in the input of atmospheric selenium to northwestern Greenland snow
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- Seasonal variation in the input of atmospheric selenium to northwestern Greenland snow
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- 그린란드 북서부 주상 눈시료에서 복원한 대기 중 셀레늄의 계절 변화
- Lee, Khanghyun
Hur, Soon Do
Chung, Ji Woong
- Selenium; Short term variation; snow pit
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- Lee, Khanghyun, et al. 2015. "Seasonal variation in the input of atmospheric selenium to northwestern Greenland snow". SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 526: 49-57.
- Oxygen isotope ratio (δ18O) and concentrations of Al,Na+, methanesulfonic acid(MSA), SO4 2？, andselenium(Se) in a continuous series of 70 snow samples from a 3.2-m snow pit at a site in northwestern Greenland were determined using ultraclean procedures. Well-defined depth profiles of δ18O, Al, and sea-salt-Na+ allowed the determination of chronology of the snow pit that spanned approximately 6 years from spring 2003 to summer 2009. Se concentrations were at a low pg/g level, ranging from 7.2 to 45 pg/g, and exhibited high variability with generally higher values duringwinter and spring and lower values during summer and fall. Very high crustal enrichment factors (EFc) of Se averaging approximately 26,600 for the entire timeperiod indicate a small contribution fromcrust dust. High Se/MSA ratios are generally observed in thewinter and spring snowlayers, in which the Se concentrationswere relatively high (N20 pg/g). This suggests that a significant component of the Se present in the snow layers is of anthropogenic origin. During the summer season, however, high EFc values are accompanied with low Se/MSA, indicating an increased contribution of marine biogenic sources. Significant correlations between Se, Al, and non-sea-salt SO4 2？ highlight that significant inputs of Se to the snow are likely controlled by the seasonality in the transport efficiency of anthropogenic Se fromthe source regions to the site. Based on the seasonal changes in Se concentrations, Se/MSA, and Se/S ratios observed in the samples, the input of anthropogenic Se to the site appears to be governed by the long-range transportation of Se emitted fromcoal combustion in East Asian countries, especially in China.
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