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Mercury: Sources, Measurements, Cycles and Effects

Mercury: Sources, Measurements, Cycles and Effects book

Topics in Mineral Sciences Volume 34

Editors: M. B. Parsons, J. B. Percival

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.

Softcover. 320 pages. 2005.

MAC Member Price: $32 CAD/USD

Publication Price $40.00 CAD/USD
ID: SC-34
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 Hg 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 Hg. Mercury can be derived from both geogenic and anthropogenic sources, and recent research has shown that emissions from human activities have overwhelmed fluxes from natural sources over the last several decades. The unique chemical and physical properties of Hg led to its widespread use in art, science, religion, medicine, agriculture, and many industrial processes since ancient times. This extensive usage has increased human exposure to Hg in most areas of the world, occasionally resulting in adverse health effects, and in some cases, death…

This short course is designed to communicate some of the most up-to-date information from various fields of mercury research, and to highlight important gaps in our existing knowledge of this pervasive environmental pollutant… Unlike many previous MAC short course volumes, this book also contains important contributions from non-geoscientists, including chemists, biologists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, health professionals, and environmental managers.

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