Widespread occurrence of polyhalogenated aromatic ethers in the marine atmosphere

Elliot L Atlas, K. Sullivan, C. S. Giam

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Abstract

Methyl ethers of halogenated phenols have been identified in marine air samples from the North and South Hemispheres. The compounds are tribromoanisole, pentachloroanisole and tetrachlorohydroquinone dimethyl ether. The concentrations of these compounds are in the pg m-3 range, and they are among the more abundant high-molecular weight halocarbons in the remote marine troposphere. A probable source of these compounds is the microbial methylation of the biocide pentachlorophenol and tribromophenol of either pollutant or natural origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1217-1220
Number of pages4
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • anisoles
  • Halogenated hydrocarbons
  • marine atmosphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)

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