Determination of PAH in atmospheric particulates in the area of the Italian base in Antarctica: Report on monitoring activities during the last three scientific expeditions

A.M. Caricchia, S. Chiavarini, C. Cremisini, R. Morabito, A. Perini, M. Pezza

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Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in atmospheric particulates have been determined in the frame of the control activities for environmental protection during the VI (1990-1991), VII (1991-1992) and VIII (1992-1993) Italian expeditions in Antarctica. Samples were collected at the four cardinal points at about 200 m from the central area of the Italian scientific base. Data show low levels of the individual PAH (95% in the range 1-50 pg m-3) confirming the absence, up to now, of significant contamination from the base. These results could be used as a reference for the assessment of the air pollution due to combustion sources present in the base. Any possible variation in the base's activities in the future should be analysed and evaluated with respect to these findings. © 1994.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345 - 356
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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