The curious case of the date of introduction of leaded fuel to Australia: implications for the history of Southern Hemisphere atmospheric lead pollution

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Cook, Duncan and Gale, Stephen. (2005). The curious case of the date of introduction of leaded fuel to Australia: implications for the history of Southern Hemisphere atmospheric lead pollution. Atmospheric Environment. 39(14), pp. 2553 - 2557. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.01.009
AuthorsCook, Duncan and Gale, Stephen
Abstract

By comparison with the Northern Hemisphere, the history of atmospheric lead pollution in the Southern Hemisphere is still poorly understood. Until recently, the main source of atmospheric lead fallout in the Southern Hemisphere was tetraethyl lead from motor fuel and for most of the 20th century the most important single source of this pollutant was Australia. Yet there is little agreement over when leaded fuel made its first appearance in Australia. Reported dates range from the early 1920s to the late 1940s. A study of oil company advertisements and reports in motoring and oil company journals shows that leaded petrol first became available in Australia in August 1932. This date is important both for the reconstruction of lead pollution histories and in the use of lead stratigraphies to determine chronology.

KeywordsAustralia; Southern Hemisphere; Lead pollution; Tetraethyl lead; Dating methods
Year2005
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Journal citation39 (14), pp. 2553 - 2557
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1352-2310
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.01.009
Scopus EID2-s2.0-17744377240
Page range2553 - 2557
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationThe Netherlands
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