Influence of the Deposition of Anthropogenic Organic Substances from the Atmosphere on Ground-Water Quality

by Ruprecht Schleyer, Inst for Water-, Soil- and Air, Hygiene of the Federal Health Office, Langen, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Symposium on Ground Water


Large amounts of organic substances are emitted into the atmosphere as a consequence of human activity. The primary emissions as well as their atmospheric reaction products reach the soil via precipitation and may endanger groundwater quality. Of special importance in this respect are chlorinated acetic acids as reaction products of aliphatic chlorinated hydrocarbons as well as nitrophenols as reaction products of aromatic hydrocarbons.

Subject Headings: Groundwater quality | Air pollution | Rain water | Acid rain | Non-renewable energy | Hydrocarbons | Air quality

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