Russian Journal of General Chemistry

, Volume 87, Issue 13, pp 3173–3182 | Cite as

Air Pollution and Self-Purification by Precipitation in the Russian Arctic

  • P. F. Svistov
  • A. S. Talash
  • E. S. Semenets


Unusual precipitation fell out in the Russian Arctic. There were globally background concentrations of the main components (distilled water) with a ion sum of 1.1–3.6 mg/L, increased amount of chlorides (despite continuous ice cover), and high concentration of trace elements (the sum of heavy metals was 140 μg/L, i.e., 13% of the minimum ion sum, whereas the total mineral content was the lowest). Increased concentration of heavy metals in the Central Arctic was also observed at a higher ion sum (77 mg/L). The highest acidity was estimated at pH 4.7.


natural conditins precipitation chemical composition acidity environment wet deposition regional background 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Svistov
    • 1
  • A. S. Talash
    • 2
  • E. S. Semenets
    • 1
  1. 1.Voeikov Main Geophysical ObservatorySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.National Crisis Management CenterMinistry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural DisastersMoscowRussia

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