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Antarctic Research Bases: local source of polybrominated Diphenil Ether (PBDE) flame retardants
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Abstract: Studies of chemical contamination in Antarctica are commonly focused on POPs. However, some emerging pollutants exhibiting characteristics of persistence comparable to POPs should also be considered. Hale et al. (2006) highlighted the presence of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in sediment next to McMurdo station. These compounds are used as flame retardant and are present in many modern ... View entire text
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Start Date: 2003-10-01
Stop Date: 2005-12-30
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Hale, R. C., Kim, S. L., Harvey, E., La Guardia, M. J., Mainor, T. M., Bush, E. O., and Jacobs, E. M., 2008: Antarctic research bases: Local sources of polybrominated diphenlyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. Environmental Science & Technology, 42, 1452-1457.

Crockett, A. B. and White, G. J., 2003: Mapping sediment contamination and toxicity in Winter Quarters Bay, Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 85, 257-275.
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