Atmospheric nitrogen and sulfur deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is experiencing a number of adverse effects due to atmospheric nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) compounds. Airborne nitrate and sulfate particles contribute to visibility degradation in the park while nitrogen deposition is producing changes in ecosystem function and surface water chemistry. Both sulfur and nitrogen compounds are essential nutrients for life; however, some environments have naturally limited supplies of sulfur and nitrogen which restrict biological activity. Increasing the amounts of these compounds can be toxic, even life threatening, to the ...