Potential for rapid transport of contaminants from the Kara Sea

S. L. Pfirman, J. W. Kögeler, I. Rigor

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Export of sea ice from the Kara Sea may redistribute contaminants entrained from atmospheric, marine and riverine sources. Ice exiting the Kara Sea ice to the north, will influence the Fram Strait, Svalbard and Barents Sea regions. Kara Sea ice may also be exported to the Barents Sea through straits north and south of Novaya Zemlya. Some ice from the Kara Sea makes its way into the Laptev Sea to the north and south of Severnaya Zemlya. Data on ice exchange and contaminant levels are not adequate to assess contaminant flux.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 25 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Arctic
  • Contamination
  • Kara Sea
  • Pollution
  • Sea ice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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