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Fate of chiral and achiral organochlorine pesticides in the North Atlantic Bloom experiment
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. (Arcum)
2012 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 46, no 15, 8106-8114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were measured in the surface seawater and lower atmosphere during the North Atlantic Bloom Experiment in the spring 2008 from samples collected on the R/V Knorr. The gaseous concentration profiles resulted from both long-range transport (LRT) from the Arctic by polar easterlies and local biogeochemical processes. Relatively constant alpha/gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) ratios and enantiomer fractions of alpha-HCH indicated that a single water mass was sampled throughout the cruise. Changes in dissolved phase concentrations were dominated by bloom processes (air-water exchange, partitioning to organic particles, and subsequent sinking) rather than LRT. alpha-HCH and dissolved phase trans-chlordanes showed depletion of (+) enantiomer, whereas depletion of the (-) enantiomer was observed for heptachlor exoepoxide (HEPX) and cis-chlordanes. Fugacity ratio calculations suggest that hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and gamma-HCH were depositing from air to water whereas heavier OCPs (chlordanes, HEPX) were evaporating. Dissolved phase concentrations did not decrease with time during the three-week bloom period; neither were lipophilic OCPs drawn down from air to water as previous studies hypothesized. Comparison with Arctic measurements suggested that the Arctic returned higher concentrations of alpha-HCH and HCB through both the atmospheric (polar easterlies) as well as oceanic transport (East Greenland Current) to the lower latitudes.

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2012. Vol. 46, no 15, 8106-8114 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59527DOI: 10.1021/es3009248ISI: 000307199800027OAI: diva2:552929
Available from: 2012-09-17 Created: 2012-09-17 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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