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Brief communication: organochlorine pesticides in an archived firn core from Law Dome, East Antarctica


Bigot, M and Curran, MAJ and Moy, AD and Muir, DCG and Hawker, DW and Cropp, R and Teixeira, CF and Bengtson Nash, SM, Brief communication: organochlorine pesticides in an archived firn core from Law Dome, East Antarctica, Cryosphere, 10 pp. 2533-2539. ISSN 1994-0416 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5194/tc-10-2533-2016


Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were, for the first time, quantified in archived firn cores from East Antarctica representative of 19451957 and 19581967 (current era, C.E.). The core sections were melted under high-purity nitrogen atmosphere, and the meltwater was analysed. Methods allowed quantification of hexachlorocyclohexanes, heptachlor, trans-chlordane, dieldrin and endrin. While the core presented evidence of nominal contamination by modern-use chemicals, indicating handling and/or storage contamination, legacy OCP concentrations and deposition rates reported are orders of magnitude lower than those from Arctic regions, lending support for their validity. The study further provides a description of equipment used and suggests methods to overcome logistical challenges associated with trace organic contaminant detection in polar regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:organochlorine pesticides, OCPs, ice cores, Law Dome, trace organic contaminants
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Curran, MAJ (Dr Mark Curran)
UTAS Author:Moy, AD (Dr Andrew Moy)
ID Code:112484
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2016-11-14
Last Modified:2017-10-30
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