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Airborne Lead and Other Elements Derived from Local Fires in the Himalayas

Science  18 Dec 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4527, pp. 1344-1346
DOI: 10.1126/science.214.4527.1344

Abstract

The combustion of wood and yak dung for heating and cooking in a populated Nepal Himalayan valley contributes significantly to the ambient airborne concentrations of lead, copper, aluminum, magnesium, and elemental and organic carbon. A comparison of the concentrations of these elements in fresh snow with corresponding values in air suggests that the pollution aerosol is confined to the valley, with pristine air aloft.

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