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Lake sediment evidence for long-range air pollution on the Tibetan Plateau

This project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, used 210Pb dated lake sediment cores to assess the historical records of atmospherically deposited pollutants in lakes taken along a transect across the Tibetan Plateau. We collaborated closely with the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) and provided background data for ITP monitoring activities as well as a base-line for the assessment of future impacts as a result of increasing industrial development.

Project web page:  http://www.ecrc.ucl.ac.uk/index.php/content/view/307/146/

Yang, H., Battarbee, R.W., Turner, S.D., Rose, N.L., Derwent, R.G., Wu, G and Yang R. (2010). Historical reconstruction of mercury pollution across the Tibetan Plateau using lake sediments. Environmental Science & Technology 44: 2918-2924.

Wang, X., Yang, H., Gong, P., Zhao, X., Wu, G., Turner, S., Yao, T. (2010) One century sedimentary records of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, mercury and trace elements in the Qinghai Lake, Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Pollution. 158: 3065-3070.

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