Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Proceedings of the 38th Annual Eastern Snow Conference


Eastern Snow Conference

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Place of conference

Syracuse, New York

Conference Sponsor

Eastern Snow Conference

Abstract/ Summary

Surface snows collected at various elevations in the Indian Himalayas were analyzed in the field for pH as part of a broader study of the chemistry. The pH values are lower than the predicted ≅5.6 for unpolluted precipitation. Analysis of NO3 + NO2, Cl, SO4 and NH4 indicate that these low pH values are not completely due to the presence of strong mineral acids. The strong correlation of pH with elevation (i.e. temperature) suggests that the low pH values are due to the snow being supersaturated with CO2.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Lyons, W.B., Mayewski, P.A., & Ahmad, N. (1981). Acidity of recent Himalayan snow. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Eastern Snow Conference. (pp. 49-56). Syracuse, NY: Eastern Snow Conference.

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© Copyright 1981 by Eastern Snow Conference


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