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Particulate carbonate matter in snow from selected sites in south-central Rocky Mountains

Posted date: May 28, 2015
Publication Year: 
1994
Authors: Clow, David W.; Ingersoll, George P.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Atmospheric Environment. 28(4): 575-584.

Abstract

Trends in snow acidity reflect the balance between strong acid inputs and reactions with neutralizing materials. Carbonate dust can be an important contributor of buffering capacity to snow; however, its concentration in snow is difficult to quantify because it dissolves rapidly in snowmelt. In snow with neutral or acidic pH, most calcite would dissolve during sample melting if snow samples were processed using standard techniques. Here a method is described for separating particulate carbonate matter from snow. Snow samples were melted in solutions close to saturation with calcite, decreasing the dissolution rate by a factor of 100-200 compared with natural melting of snow. Particulate matter larger than 0.45 tLm in diameter was then filtered from solution and analysed for carbonate content. Particulate carbonate matter concentrations are reported for 25 sites in the south-central Rocky Mountains. Results are compared with Ca 2+ and H + concentrations and regional trends are evaluated.

Citation

Clow, David W.; Ingersoll, George P. 1994. Particulate carbonate matter in snow from selected sites in south-central Rocky Mountains. Atmospheric Environment. 28(4): 575-584.