First data on the composition of atmospheric dust responsible for yellow snow in Northern European Russia in March 2008.

Shevchenko, V. P., Korobov, V. B., Lisitzin, A. P., Aleshinskaya, A. S., Bogdanova, O. Yu., Goryunova, N. V., Grishchenko, I. V., Dara, O. M., Zavernina, N. N., Kurteeva, E. I., Novichkova, E. A., Pokrovsky, O. S. and Sapozhnikov, F. V. (2010) First data on the composition of atmospheric dust responsible for yellow snow in Northern European Russia in March 2008. Doklady Earth Sciences, 431 (2). pp. 497-501. DOI 10.1134/S1028334X10040185.

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Abstract

The descent of a large quantity of dust responsible for bright colors of atmospheric precipitation in the temperate, subpolar, and polar zones of the northern hemisphere is rarely observed [1–5]. In the twentieth century and in the beginning of the twenty-first century in the northern part of European Russia, such events had not been registered right up to March 25–26, 2008. At that time in some parts of the Arkhangelsk region, Komi Republic, and Nenets Autonomous Area, atmospheric precipitation as moist snow and rain responsible for sand and saffron colors of ice crust formation on the snow surface was observed. Thus, due to detailed mineralogical, geochemical, pollen, diatom, and meteorological investigations, it was established that the main source of the yellow dust is the semidesert and steppe regions of the Northwest Kazakhstan, and the Volgograd and Astrakhan regions, Kalmykia.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Data; composition; atmospheric dust; yellow snow; Russia; 2008
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1134/S1028334X10040185
ISSN: 1028-334X
Projects: Otto Schmidt Laboratory
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 13:16
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/29032

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