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 OJAP  Vol.3 No.1 , March 2014
Wet Deposition Fluxes and Related Atmospheric Chemistry at Three Sites in Mexico
Abstract: Wet deposition was collected in Mexico City (MC), Metropolitan Area of Monterrey (MAM) and El Chico National Park (ECNP), during 2009 and 2010. pH, conductivity, Cl-, , Na+, K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ were determined. In MC, sulphate levels were greater than nitrate levels, and NH4 had mixed sources (vehicular emissions and agriculture activities). MAM had markedly alkaline atmospheric deposition, Na+ and Cl-levels were unexpectedly high, especially during hurricane “Alex”. Low pH values were found in ECNP and nitrate concentrations were high, suggesting the influence of a local source (forest fires). Deposition fluxes (Kg.ha-1yr-1) for N-NO3, N-NH4 and S-SO4 were 1.36, 2.74 and 4.84 for MAM; 7.27, 0.57 and 4.32 for ECNP; and 5.97, 4.96 and 6.78 for MC, respectively. Nitrogen deposition fluxes in ECNP were high considering that this site is a natural reserve.
Cite this paper: Bretón, R. , Bretón, J. , Ucán, C. , Lara, E. , Álvarez, J. , Romero, C. and Pat, C. (2014) Wet Deposition Fluxes and Related Atmospheric Chemistry at Three Sites in Mexico. Open Journal of Air Pollution, 3, 1-9. doi: 10.4236/ojap.2014.31001.
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