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Front. Earth Sci. | doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00142

Can volcanic dust resuspended from surface soil and deserts of Iceland be transferred to central Balkan?

 Dragana S. Đorđević1*, Ivana Tosic2,  Sanja Sakan1, Srđan Petrović1, Jelena Đuričić-Milanković1,  David C. Finger3 and  Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova4
  • 1Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • 3Reykjavík University, Iceland
  • 4Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland

In this work we use chemical fingerprints as characteristics ratios of specific crustal elements Ca/Al, Fe/Al, K/Al, Mg/Al, Mn/Al, Ca/Fe and Mg/Fe to investigate the long-range transport of volcanic aerosols which are entering the atmosphere in suspended and resuspended processes from Icelandic deserts and hot spots in remote areas in Iceland and transmitted to the central Balkan area (Belgrade). For this purpose, backward trajectories from Belgrade (=44°48’; =20°28’) in 2012 and 2013, simultaneous with atmospheric aerosols measurements, were calculated by using the Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model. We found that about 17% of air masses passed over Icelandic territory and arrived to Balkan area. In almost all of these episodes ratios of some investigated elements in suburban aerosols of Balkan area corresponded to the ratios of elements investigated in surface soil of the Rangárvellir area - South Iceland in the vicinity of volcanoes. We identified several episodes, such as 6 – 8 August 2012, 2 – 6 June 2013, 26 – 28 June 2013, and 18 – 20 September 2013, with the characteristic ratios of the highest number of investigated elements in atmospheric aerosol of central Balkan corresponding to ratios from Icelandic soil material. This study provides evidence that Icelandic dust can travel long distances showing the importance of High Latitude Dust sources.

Keywords: high latitude dust sources, backward trajectories, Chemical fingerprints, atmospheric aerosol, long-range transport

Received: 30 Jul 2018; Accepted: 16 May 2019.

Edited by:

Irina A. Mironova, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

Reviewed by:

Stefano Federico, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
György Varga, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), Hungary  

Copyright: © 2019 Đorđević, Tosic, Sakan, Petrović, Đuričić-Milanković, Finger and Dagsson-Waldhauserova. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Dragana S. Đorđević, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia,