Articles | Volume 21, issue 16
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 12783–12807, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-12783-2021

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 12783–12807, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-12783-2021

Research article 30 Aug 2021

Research article | 30 Aug 2021

Impact of Athabasca oil sands operations on mercury levels in air and deposition

Ashu Dastoor et al.

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An assessment of mercury levels in air and deposition in the Athabasca oil sands region (AOSR) in Northern Alberta, Canada, was conducted to investigate the contribution of Hg emitted from oil sands activities to the surrounding landscape using a 3D process-based Hg model in 2012–2015. Oil sands Hg emissions are found to be important sources of Hg contamination to the local landscape in proximity to the processing activities, particularly in wintertime.
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