Nitrate flux on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica and its relation to solar cosmic rays

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Nitrate flux has been determined in the snow sequence deposited at Windless Bight on the Ross Ice Shelf (Antarctica). The data were obtained from on-site analysis of nitrate concentrations from a glaciological pit and a firn core spanning the time interval from midwinter 1971 to January 1986. The high resolution data can be combined with precipitation records collected from adjacent areas to provide a record of nitrate flux. The resulting time series contains a signal which corresponds to the two major solar events of 1972 and 1984. The concentration and flux profiles may be useful in studies of Antarctic ozone depletion.

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