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Worksheet 1

Criteria of pollution

We classify air pollution so we can look at the relationships between different pollutants, how these pollutants affect the environment and what impact human activity has.

authors: Anita Bokwa, Michael Seesing,  Pawel Jezioro (©2004)

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Fill in the table below to show the origin of each air pollutant, whether it is directly emitted into the air or is formed as a result of atmospheric reactions and whether it is a gas or an aerosol. 

 

                           
         origin        
                 
          

                              
  transformation  
                             

       type of      
    substances  
                         

 

natural 
            

anthro-pogenic

primary 
               

secon- dary   

aerosol 
              

gas    
          

sulphur dioxide from a coal-fired stove.

                  

ozone from forest fires in Indonesia in 1997
(see Espere-website: Lower atmosphere / Basics // 2.Vegetations... / Fire)

                 

smoke from the forest fires in Indonesia in 1997
(see the same website)

                  

zinc oxide from the abrasion of car tires.

                  

carbon dioxide from a modern coal-fired power station with a high chimney

                  

carbon dioxide from a modern coal-fired power station with a low chimney

                  

silicon dioxide from the eruption of the Mt. Pinatubo volcano
(see Espere-website: higher atmosphere/basics// 1. understanding the stratosphere/ - composition)

                 

nitrogen oxides from a stationary diesel generator

                 

terpene (volatile hydrocarbons) from a pine tree

                 

sulphur dioxide from buses

                 

ozone above a large city in the summer

                  

caesium 137 from the nuclear accident in Chernobyl (Ukraine) 1986

                 

sulphuric acid in clouds

                   
                    
                   
                     

About this page:

Authors: M. Seesing, M. Tausch - Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg / Germany
Reviewer: Dr. Anita Bokwa - Jagiellonian University - Cracow / Poland Last update: 2004-05-13

Last modified: Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 2:31 PM