Aerosol selenium at Bermuda and Barbados
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At Bermuda, the major source for Se was anthropogenic emissions from North America. Daily Se concentrations were highly correlated with antimony (Sb) which originated from a pollution source. However, approximately 6% of the Sb was associated with mineral dust from northern Africa that reached Bermuda during the summer months. The Bermuda aerosol data showed a weak correlation between Se and methane sulfonate (MSA), but the intercept of the Se versus Sb regression indicated that a marine biogenic source of Se accounted for ~45% of the mean concentration at Bermuda. At Barbados the variability of Se concentrations could not be explained solely by pollution sources. Correlations between Se and Sb, nitrate (NO3-) non-sea-salt sulfate (nssSO4-), and MSA were significant. The correlations of Se with Sb, NO3-, and nssSO4- suggested continental sources. The correlation with MSA indicated there was a significant marine biogenic source. Our results indicated that a marine biogenic source of Se accounted for 60-80% of the Se at Barbados. -from Authors
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Journal of Geophysical Research
Ellis, W. G., R. Arimoto, D. L. Savoie, J. T. Merrill, R. A. Duce, and J. M. Prospero. "Aerosol selenium at Bermuda and Barbados." Journal of Geophysical Research 98, D7 (1993). doi: 10.1029/93jd00951.