The chemical analysis of shallow firn cores sampled in coastal and plateau areas in Northern Victoria Land and along a transect from Talos Dome to Dome C (East Antarctica, Pacific Ocean sector) allowed a global view of spatial and temporal changes in chemical composition of snow depositions over the last 100 years. Variations in concentration of primary (sea spray) and secondary (biogenic emission, atmospheric inputs) source markers were observed and discussed as a function of distance from the sea and altitude. In the stations characterized by relatively high snow accumulation rates, the sub-sampling resolution was sufficient to obtain a stratigraphic dating by using the periodical variations of seasonal markers. In these stations, a subdivision in "summer" and "winter" samples was carried out in order to study the seasonal changes of the contributions of the measured compounds to the snow composition as elevation and distance from the sea increase. Some evidence of post-depositional effects which are able to change the original deposition of chloride and nitrate, was observed at stations with low accumulation rates. The reliability of the depth/concentration profile of these substances for reconstructing past deposition was also discussed.

Spatial and temporal distribution of environmental markers from coastal to plateau areas in Antarctica by firn core analysis / R. Traversi; S. Becagli; E. Castellano; O. Largiuni; A. Migliori; M. Severi; M. Frezzotti; R. Udisti. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0306-7319. - STAMPA. - 84 (6-7):(2004), pp. 523-536. [10.1080/03067310310001640393]

Spatial and temporal distribution of environmental markers from coastal to plateau areas in Antarctica by firn core analysis.

TRAVERSI, RITA;BECAGLI, SILVIA;CASTELLANO, EMILIANO;SEVERI, MIRKO;UDISTI, ROBERTO
2004

Abstract

The chemical analysis of shallow firn cores sampled in coastal and plateau areas in Northern Victoria Land and along a transect from Talos Dome to Dome C (East Antarctica, Pacific Ocean sector) allowed a global view of spatial and temporal changes in chemical composition of snow depositions over the last 100 years. Variations in concentration of primary (sea spray) and secondary (biogenic emission, atmospheric inputs) source markers were observed and discussed as a function of distance from the sea and altitude. In the stations characterized by relatively high snow accumulation rates, the sub-sampling resolution was sufficient to obtain a stratigraphic dating by using the periodical variations of seasonal markers. In these stations, a subdivision in "summer" and "winter" samples was carried out in order to study the seasonal changes of the contributions of the measured compounds to the snow composition as elevation and distance from the sea increase. Some evidence of post-depositional effects which are able to change the original deposition of chloride and nitrate, was observed at stations with low accumulation rates. The reliability of the depth/concentration profile of these substances for reconstructing past deposition was also discussed.
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