Chemical Characteristics of Settled Particles during a Dust-Storm
Firat Aydin1, Isil Aydin1, Sait Erdogan1, Osman Akba1, Birgul Isik2, Candan Hamamci1
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1Chemistry Department, Science Faculty, Dicle University 21280 Diyarbakir,Turkey
2Biochemistry Department, Medicine Faculty, Dicle University 21280 Diyarbakir, Turkey
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2012;21(3):533–537
Major synoptic systems bring desert dust from Arabia and the Sahara to Anatolia, Turkey. A study of particulate matter (PM) associated metal content such as As, Al, Cr, Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, and Zn, etc., has been carried out for Diyarbakir, SE Anatolia, Turkey. Results show that the PM10 levels during a dust storm were much higher than in a non-dust-storm period and that four metals (Fe, Al, Cr, Mn) were dominant in settled particles. This research does not only provide background data for air quality management, but also provides valuable information about the chemical composition of the particles.