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Mercury in Surficial Sediments

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000155582
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 0.3 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Mercury in Surficial Sediments  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: Sediments can be a reservoir of trace contaminants. This is true for mercury, which is strongly attached to particles in the water column and settles to the lake bottom along with the particles to become the building blocks of the sediment. Surficial sediment particles enriched in mercury may be resuspended by currents and waves and transported by currents to new locations. Eventually a particle with its associated mercury is buried by particles deposited at a later date. Once the particle ceases to physically interact with the water column, it becomes a part of the permanent sediment record.

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