Mercury Rising

Flores, Graciela
November 2006
Natural History;Nov2006, Vol. 115 Issue 9, p18
The article discusses research being done on the amount of mercury sequestered in forests and peatlands in western Canada and the amount released by fires. It references a study by Merritt R. Turetsky et al, published in the 2006 issue of "Geophysical Research Letters." Fossil-fuel burning and certain industrial processes release toxic mercury into the atmosphere. In the Northern hemisphere, much of the contaminant travels northward with the winds, precipitates, and is stored in the soils of high-latitude wetlands.


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