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Mercury: Sources, Measurements, Cycles and Effects

Volume 34, 2005
Editors : M. B. Parsons, J. B. Percival
ISBN: 0-921294-34-4

Mercury (Hg) is of significant human and environmental health concern because of its toxicity and ability to accumulate in fish and wildlife.

Levels of mercury in the environment have risen considerably since the onset of industrialization, and even remote locations such as the Canadian Arctic have been adversely affected by the long-range atmospheric transport of mercury.

This short course volume discusses the current state-of-knowledge regarding:

  • Natural and anthropogenic sources of mercury
  • Sampling protocols and analytical methods
  • Transport and transformation of mercury in the environment
  • Effects on ecosystems and human health

Most of the material is at a level suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate students and should appeal to all scientists interested in environmental issues.

ERRATUM FIG. 8-2 (p. 142): The pools of inorganic mercury (upper value) and methylmercury (lower value) shown for the lake compartment are incorrect; these values should be 1.0 g and 0.05 g, respectively (instead of 10000 and 50).