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Total Potential Source Contribution Function Analysis of Trace Elements Determined in Aerosol Samples Collected near Lake Huron

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posted on 15.08.2004, 00:00 authored by S. R. Biegalski, P. K. Hopke
Aerosol samples were collected at the rural Burnt Island Ontario Integrated Air Deposition Network air sampling station on the northern shore of Lake Huron from 1992 through 1994. The samples were analyzed for trace elements by neutron activation analysis, and the air concentrations of over 30 elements were determined. Total potential source contribution function analysis (TPSCF) was used to determine the most probable geographical location of these aerosols' origin. The TPSCF results for As, In, Sb, Se, Sn, and Zn are highlighted in this paper. Source regions for these elements ranged from Alma, Quebec, Canada to Carrollton, GA. Because of large seasonal variations in the concentrations of the atmospheric concentrations of these elements, TPSCF values were calculated for the summer and winter halves of the year as well as the entire year.