Sulfate and Nitrate Concentrations from a South Greenland Ice Core

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Science  23 May 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4753, pp. 975-977
DOI: 10.1126/science.232.4753.975


An ice core in south Greenland covering the period 1869 to 1984 was analyzed for oxygen isotopes and chloride, nitrate, and sulfate concentrations. The data show that the "excess" (nonsea-salt) sulfate concentration has tripled since approximately 1900 to 1910 and the nitrate concentration has doubled since approximately 1955. The increases may be attributable to the deposition of these chemical specis from air masses carrying North American and Eurasian anthropogenic emissions.