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Volume 1 (2001), Pages 609-611
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2001.320
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Trapping of Organochlorine Compounds in High Mountain Lakes

Department of Environmental Chemistry, I.C.E.R-C.S.I.C, Catalonia, Spain

Academic Editor: Davide Calamari

Copyright © 2001 Joan O. Grimalt et al.

Abstract

High mountain areas have recently been observed to be polluted by organochlorine compounds (OC) despite their isolation. These persistent pollutants arrive at these remote regions through atmospheric transport. However, the mechanisms involving the accumulation of these compounds from the atmospheric pool to the lacustrine systems still need to be elucidated. These mechanisms must be related to the processes involving the transfer of these pollutant from low to high latitudes[1] as described in the global distillation effect[2].