Bacteriogenic Sulfur in Air Pollution

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Science  22 Sep 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4054, pp. 1099-1100
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4054.1099


On a yearly basis, the major source of atmospheric sulfur compounds in and near Salt Lake City, Utah, is industrial. Isotopic studies suggest that the next most important source is bacteriogenic sulfur released by anaerobes from muds. On a seasonal basis, the bacteriogenic source of sulfur compounds may rival the industrial source in importance.