This paper considers the importance of marine aerosol in the atmosphere. As a consequence of its peculiar generation mechanism, it is also considered as a possible contributor to the transport of man-made microcomponents via air-sea interaction, especially in remote sites. In view of future marine aerosol studies, the dominant presence of marine aerosol components in coastal Antarctic snow is discussed. the presence of fluorescent marine organic matter in Antarctic snow is shown. Its “marum” nature is evidenced. We give a tentative interpretation of the experimental data, and make a hypothesis concerning the variations in marine aerosol composition in correspondence to various altitudes. © 1994 Gordon and Breach Science Publishers S. A.
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