Environmental Geology

, Volume 56, Issue 8, pp 1551–1561 | Cite as

Atmospheric inorganic aerosol of a non-industrial city in the centre of an industrial region of the North of Spain, and its possible influence on the climate on a regional scale

  • Irene Rodríguez
  • Salvador Galí
  • Celia Marcos
Original Article


Mineral particles could have influenced on the climate of Oviedo, a non-industrial city situated in the centre of an industrial zone of the North of Spain, increasing the temperature and the precipitations, in spite of the fact that “greenhouse gases” concentrations have diminished in this city in recent years. The directive (1999/30/EC) of the European Commission began to be applied in Oviedo in the year 2003. In agreement with this norm, our first aim was the identification of the inorganic particulate matter of the PM10 and PM2.5 fractions sampled in this city. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy coupled with X-ray dispersive energy spectrometry were used. The percentages of the different mineral phases of the PM were obtained by a Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction data. The compositions of the PM10 and PM2.5 fractions of this city are similar. Sulphates are the most abundant particles in the both fractions. Most sulphates, nitrates and sal-ammoniac would have formed by reaction between solid, liquid and/or gas particles and they could be associated with the power stations near to the city and traffic. Wüstite and haematites come from the iron and steel industries of Gijón and Avilés. The main natural sources of halite and carbonates and silicates are sea spray and soil resuspension by the wind, respectively.


Inorganic particulate matter Rietveld refinement Scanning electron microscopy Oviedo X-ray powder diffraction 



We thank to Spanish Ministry of the Environment for the use of the unit mobile equipped with a high volume sampler and to Technical Department of the National Institute of Silicosis, Central Hospital of Oviedo, for the use of the Philips PW 3040/60 “X’pert” equipment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Salvador Galí
    • 2
  • Celia Marcos
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. Geología and Inst. de Química Organometálica “Enrique Moles”Universidad de OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2.Dpto. Cristal·lografia, Mineralogia i Dipòsits MineralsUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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