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Magnesium methanesulfonate salt found in the Dome Fuji (Antarctica) ice core

  • Toshimitsu Sakurai (a1), Hiroshi Ohno (a2) (a3), F. Elif Genceli (a4), Shinichirou Horikawa (a2), Yoshinori Iizuka (a2), Tsutomu Uchida (a5) and Takeo Hondoh (a2)...

Abstract

Using micro-Raman spectroscopy, we identified the chemical forms of methanesulfonate salt particles in reference samples of the Dome Fuji (Antarctica) ice core. We found only (CH3SO3)2Mg nH2O among methanesulfonate salts, and this salt particle is most prevalent in the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) ice. We suggest that during the LGM, (CH3SO3)2Mg nH2O may have formed in the atmosphere through the chemical reaction of CH3SO3H with sea salts, but probably not in the firn and ice due to the neutralization of acid in LGM ice of inland Antarctica.

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Magnesium methanesulfonate salt found in the Dome Fuji (Antarctica) ice core

  • Toshimitsu Sakurai (a1), Hiroshi Ohno (a2) (a3), F. Elif Genceli (a4), Shinichirou Horikawa (a2), Yoshinori Iizuka (a2), Tsutomu Uchida (a5) and Takeo Hondoh (a2)...

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