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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1949-1956, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-1949-2011
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Research article
12 Jul 2011
Fluoride in ash leachates: environmental implications at Popocatépetl volcano, central Mexico
M. A. Armienta1, S. De la Cruz-Reyna1, O. Cruz1, N. Ceniceros1, A. Aguayo1, and M. Marin2 1Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Geofísica, México D.F., México
2Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, FES Zaragoza, México
Abstract. Ash emitted by volcanic eruptions, even of moderate magnitude, may affect the environment and the health of humans and animals through different mechanisms at distances significantly larger than those indicated in the volcanic hazard maps. One such mechanism is the high capacity of ash to transport toxic volatiles like fluoride, as soluble condensates on the particles' surface. The mobilization and hazards related to volcanic fluoride are discussed based on the data obtained during the recent activity of Popocatépetl volcano in Central Mexico.

Citation: Armienta, M. A., De la Cruz-Reyna, S., Cruz, O., Ceniceros, N., Aguayo, A., and Marin, M.: Fluoride in ash leachates: environmental implications at Popocatépetl volcano, central Mexico, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1949-1956, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-1949-2011, 2011.
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