Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8249–8264, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8249-2016

Special issue: Global Mercury Observation System – Atmosphere...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8249–8264, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8249-2016

Research article 08 Jul 2016

Research article | 08 Jul 2016

New insights into the atmospheric mercury cycling in central Antarctica and implications on a continental scale

Hélène Angot et al.

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While the Arctic has been extensively monitored, there is still much to be learned from the Antarctic continent regarding the processes that govern the budget of atmospheric mercury species. We report here the first year-round measurements of gaseous elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in the atmosphere and in snowpack interstitial air on the East Antarctic ice sheet. The striking reactivity observed on the Antarctic plateau most likely influences the cycle of atmospheric mercury on a continental scale.
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