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Chemical signature of Saharan dust on dry and wet atmospheric deposition in the south-western Mediterranean region

April 3, 2013

We studied if the presence of Saharan dust intrusions and the rains modify the chemical signature of the wet and dry deposition in the southern Iberian Peninsula. We have sorted the 109 sampling weeks by the presence (rainy weeks) or absence (dry weeks) of rain and by the occurrence or not of Saharan dust intrusions. Dry deposition dominated the delivery of particulate material (PM), total phosphorus (TP), soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), Ca2+, Mg2+ and K+, whereas wet deposition dominated the delivery of Na+, total nitrogen, and . In the dry weeks, the presence of Saharan dust intrusions lead to higher inputs of PM, TP, SRP, Ca2+, Mg2+ and K+ in the dry deposition. Conversely, in the rainy weeks, there were no differences in mean values of dry deposition irrespective of the occurrence of Saharan dust intrusions. Nevertheless, in the presence of Saharan intrusions and some rain, the weekly collection of PM, TP and Ca2+ in dry deposition were significantly higher and increased as rainfall was lower. By contrast, the ions Cl and Na+ in wet deposition were higher in absence of Saharan dust intrusion and increased as rainfall increased.

Morales-Baquero R, Pulido-Villena E, Reche I, 2013, Chemical signature of Saharan dust on dry and wet atmospheric deposition in the south-western Mediterranean region, Tellus, 65. Article.

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