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Research article
12 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 12 Feb 2016

Soluble trace metals in aerosols over the tropical south-east Pacific offshore of Peru

A. R. Baker, M. Thomas, H. W. Bange, and E. Plasencia Sánchez


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Short summary
Concentrations of major ions and trace metals were measured in aerosols off the coast of Peru in December 2012. A few trace metals (iron, copper, nickel, and cobalt) had anomalously high concentrations, which may be associated with industrial metal smelting activities in the region. The atmosphere appears to supply an excess of iron (relative to atmospheric nitrogen supply) to the phytoplankton community of the Peruvian upwelling system.
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