Inorganic Chemical Composition of Atmospheric Particulate Matter around Industrial Sites in Northern Lebanon

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Atmospheric Total Suspended Particles (TSP) were sampled from 16 different points in a coastal industrial region in North Lebanon, between April and October 2008. The samples were analyzed for water soluble ions and metals concentrations using Ion Chromatography (I.C.) and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results showed possible natural contribution to aerosols through sea salt emissions (Na/Cl-/Mg), and crustal sources (K/Fe/Ti). However, ions such as NH4+, NO3-, and SO42- were attributed to secondary aerosols. Finally, the result of the enrichment factor analysis showed that vehicles’ emissions (Zn/Cu/Pb/Ni/V/Cr), quarries (Ca), and phosphate rocks impurities (Zn/Cd/Cu/Pb) were the most important anthropogenic contributions to the metal’s load in the aerosols.

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Maher Soueidan, Mohamad Roumié and Pierre Masri

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477-480

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.324.477

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A. Kfoury et al., "Inorganic Chemical Composition of Atmospheric Particulate Matter around Industrial Sites in Northern Lebanon", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 324, pp. 477-480, 2011

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August 2011

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