Differential Absorption Lidar Mapping of Atmospheric Atomic Mercury In Italian Geothermal Fields

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Results from extensive lidar measurements on atmospheric atomic mercury in Italian geothermal fields are reported. A mobile differential absorption lidar system operating on the 254-nm mercury resonance line with a measuring range of about 1 km was used in mineralized as well as nonmineralized areas. Measurements were performed at geothermal power stations and in an unexploited field with natural surface geothermic manifestations. Atomic mercury concentrations ranging from 2 to 1000 ng/m3 were mapped. The high Italian geothermal mercury concentrations are in strong contrast to the recent lidar finding of the absence of atomic mercury in Icelandic geothermal fields.


  • H Edner
  • P Ragnarson
  • Sune Svanberg
  • E Wallinder
  • A Deliso
  • R Ferrara
  • B. E Maserti
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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3779-3786
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD4
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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