Organic Micropollutants in Seasonal Snowcover and Firn

  • D. J. Gregor
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 28)


Large areas of many temperate countries receive significant proportions of their total annual precipitation as snowfall and it makes up the primary source of precipitation in polar areas. Importantly, spring snow-melt is commonly the largest annual hydrologic event in temperate and polar areas and as such may be responsible for transporting pollutants rapidly over long distances. Lake sediments have been used to provide a crude temporal record of organic contaminant accumulation in the environment from the atmosphere and elsewhere. However, the chronicle of micropollutant contamination frozen in polar and alpine glaciers has, to date, received only limited attention. This has been the case despite the much improved temporal resolution possible in glaciers over that of most lake sediments, especially in the polar extremes where lake sedimentation rates tend to be very low.


Great Lake Organochlorine Pesticide Atmos Environ Snow Sample Snow Layer 
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  • D. J. Gregor
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  1. 1.Lakes Research BranchNational Water Research Institute Environment CanadaBurlingtonCanada

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