Characterization of atmospheric aerosols by SEM in a rural area in the western part of México and its relation with different pollution sources Article uri icon


  • Samples of particulate matter were collected during the period from October 2006 through September 2007 in a rural station located 12 km from the city of Colima. A total of 3600 particles were analyzed by SEM-EDS and then classified by their chemical composition and morphology in order of abundance: those rich in C, Fe, Si-Al, Cl-Na, Ca, Ba; and to a lesser abundance, particles rich in heavy metals such as Pb and V-Ni were observed. A factorial analysis was carried out to determine the main elements related with the emission sources such as crustal/farming; fuel-oil; marine; volcanic activity and industry. Trough the seasons, the dominant winds causes the presence of anthropogenic particles in the rural site. The information presented in this study aims to give insight and detailed of the analysis of the morphological characteristics and chemical composition of atmospheric particles at individual level in a rural site from Colima State, Mexico. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • 2009-01-01