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Organochlorine pesticides and PCBs in fish from lakes of the Tibetan Plateau and the implications
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2871, Beijing, 100085, China.
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2871, Beijing, 100085, China.
School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2871, Beijing, 100085, China.
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2010 (English)In: Environmental Pollution, ISSN 0269-7491, E-ISSN 1873-6424, Vol. 158, no 6, 2310-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

High mountains may play significant roles in the global transport of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). This work aims to investigate the levels, patterns and distribution of semi-volatile organochlorine pollutants and to improve the understanding of the long-range atmospheric transport and fate of contaminants on the Tibetan Plateau. A total of 60 fish samples were collected from eight lakes located between 2813 and 4718 m above sea level across the Plateau. Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) including dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and its metabolites (DDTs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) were measured in fish muscle. The results showed that concentrations of DDT, HCH and HCB were comparable to or lower than those found in remote mountains of Europe, Canada and US, while PCB concentrations in fish were, on average, about 4-150 times lower on Tibet than at other mountain areas. The transport and fate of contaminants in the Plateau are significantly influenced by the unique climatological and meteorological conditions, particularly by the summer Indian monsoon and winter westerly jet stream.

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2010. Vol. 158, no 6, 2310-6 p.
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POPs, OCPs, Long-range atmospheric transport, Alpine lakes, Indian monsoon
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38454DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.02.004ISI: 000278343000042PubMedID: 20199831Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77953293048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38454DiVA: diva2:764979
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Sponsors:

National Basic Research Program of China Grant no: 2009CB421601 

National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant no:s 40601101  40873078  20890111 

Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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