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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL
Volume 1, Pages 238-244
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2001.391
Research Article

Deposition of Atmospheric Nitrogen Compounds in Humid Tropical Cuba

Atmospheric Environment Research Center, Meteorological Institute, Havana, Cuba

Academic Editor: Joe Wisniewski

Copyright © 2001 Osvaldo Cuesta-Santos et al.

Abstract

Acid deposition, a direct effect of gaseous air pollutants, is causing widespread damage to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Further, these pollutants are responsible for the corrosion of building materials and cultural objects, as well as having an impact on human health. In Cuba, main atmospheric deposition of nitrogen compounds varies from approximately 12.0 to 65.0 kg N ha�1 year�1 in rural areas. Ammonia and ammonium are the most important elements in Cuba�s tropical conditions.