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Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 117, Issue 1–4, pp 15–25 | Cite as

Oxygen and Sulphur Isotope Dynamics in the SO42- of an Urban Precipitation

  • Mariusz Orion Jådrysek
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Abstract

Two years monitoring of acid rain sulphate (25 samples) in downtown Wrocław (SW Poland) was carried out. A significant increase in δ34S (SO42-) corresponded to a negligible increase in δ18O (SO42-) and decrease in concentration of sulphate, respectively. Two periods, before and after June 1994, corresponding respectively to low and high δ34S (SO42-) values have been observed. These patterns may result dominantly from a significant reduction in the emission of34 S-depleted SO2 due to: (i) new installations in the neighbouring heating plant and/or in the Głogów sulphide-based copper smelting works, as well as (ii) the fact that a brown-coal power plant has been phased out in Eastern Germany. The results obtained together with possible subsequent observations (several years) could be an important basis to calibrate a new toll for reconstruction of anthropogenic impact.

acid rain isotopes oxygen pollution sulphate sulphur 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariusz Orion Jådrysek
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Isotope Geology and BiogeochemistryUniversity of WrocławWrocławPoland

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