mercury source Articles

  • Mercury

    Abstract Mercury is a naturally occurring metal found in the Earth’s crust. At high doses, mercury is known to cause adverse human health effects. Over the past several years, EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) has focused on mercury exposures because of its potential to cause adverse human health and environmental effects, and because of its persistence and widespread distribution in the ...


    By Valahia University

  • The source and risks of mercury in the offshore industry

    Oil in Gas and RocksAlmost all oil and gas is found within the tiny spaces in sedimentary rocks, mainly sandstone and coarse-grained limestone. Bedrock limestone and sandstone, even though hard, also contain lots of pores that can contain water or oil or gas and other elements. Along with the gas and oil is a mixture of sand, silt & mud. This sludgy silt mud is rich in heavier metal elements ...

  • Sources of mercury in a contaminated stream—implications for the timescale of recovery

    Mercury contamination in East Fork Poplar Creek in Tennessee arises from dissolved mercury exiting a headwater industrial complex and residual mercury in the streambed and soil throughout the watershed downstream. The headwater inputs generate chronic base flow concentrations of total mercury of about 1,000 ng/L, but most of the annual export of mercury from the system appears to originate ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Mercury Analysis

    Characteristics of Mercury What is Mercury? Mercury is a naturally occurring silver-colored metallic element noted for its occurrence as a liquid at room temperature and toxic to living organisms. This silvery, opaque liquid metal is very dense, yet has a high surface tension that causes it to form tiny perfect spheres in the pores of the rocks it is found in. It is ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • Seasonal and flow‐driven dynamics of particulate and dissolved mercury and methylmercury in a stream impacted by an industrial mercury source

    Sediments and floodplain soils in the East Fork Poplar Creek (EFPC) watershed in Oak Ridge, TN, are contaminated with high levels of mercury (Hg) from an industrial source at the headwaters. While baseflow conditions have been monitored, concentrations of Hg and methylmercury (MeHg) during high‐flow storm events, when the stream is more hydrologically connected to the floodplain, have yet to ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Mercury - LNG`s problem - Under some conditions mercury can be a major source for concern in LNG processing

    Untitled Document Summary: Mercury induced corrosion in LNG plants using mixed refrigerant (Fig.1) can be severe on the cycle gas side of exchangers, primarily during warmup ...


    By Calgon Carbon Corporation

  • Environmental mercury in China: A review

    As a global pollutant, mercury can be transported over long distances and bioaccumulate. China is currently the greatest contributor to atmospheric Hg emissions and has the greatest intentional use of Hg. Mercuryin the Chinese environment is generally elevated, particularly in air and water bodies. Remote areas in China also show elevated Hg levels in air and water bodies compared with other ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Legal Lookout: Mercury Rising

    Mercury is a potent toxin that accumulates in the food chain. Emissions come from both natural and human-generated sources. The mercury content in coal, which is released when the fossil fuel is burned, contributes the single largest percentage source of humangenerated mercury emissions in the United States. According to EPA, total global emissions from all sources, both human-generated and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Mercury Spill Control Procedures

    Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can have damaging affects on both the central nervous system and renal system of humans. Exposure to mercury can cause serious developmental delays in children, and high level exposure is life threatening. When exposed to air, mercury vaporizes, readily becoming a dangerous aerosol that can be absorbed into the lungs and spread throughout the body. This is ...


  • Agreement on mercury finally here

    In Geneva 19 January 2013, due to successful interaction between science and policy making, governments within the UN agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases of mercury. Prof. Jozef Pacyna and his team at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research, have played a major role in providing the UN policy makers with scientific justification for the treaty. 30 year ...

  • Mercury Spill Control Procedures

    Mercury is a known neurotoxin that is extremely toxic even in small amounts. It directly affects the central nervous and renal systems, causing developmental delays, motor and brain problems like those associated with autism. Mercury"s hidden danger also lies in when at room temperature, when exposed it vaporizes readily. Once ...


  • Modeling Mercury Fluxes and Concentrations in a Georgia Watershed Receiving Atmospheric Deposition Load from Direct and Indirect Sources

    Mercury (Hg) is considered a priority pollutant because of its toxicity and potential for strong bioaccumulation.There are many serious environmental and human health concerns associated with elevated levels of Hg linked to industrial ...

  • Influence of carbon and lipid sources on variation of mercury and other trace elements in polar bears (Ursus maritimus)

    In the present study, the authors investigated the influence of carbon and lipid sources on regional differences in liver trace element (As, Cd, Cu, total Hg, Mn, Pb, Rb, Se, and Zn) concentrations measured in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) (n = 121) from 10 Alaskan, Canadian Arctic, and East Greenland subpopulations. Carbon and lipid sources were assessed using δ13C in muscle tissue and fatty ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Approaches to Reducing Mercury in North America

    This article provides a summary of the Environmental Protection Agencys role in reducing anthropogenic sources of mercury. These efforts are expected to substantially reduce both mercury releases and exposure. EPA is aware that mercury in the environment is complex and that it must work with programs in other federal agencies, state and local governments that address the mercury problem as well ...


    By Springer

  • Health implications of mercury exposure in children

    Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental toxin that can produce a wide range of health effects in humans. It is found in three chemical forms: organic, inorganic and elemental (mercury). The sources of exposure are also markedly different for the different forms of mercury. Diet, especially fish and other seafood, is the main source of exposure of the general public to organic mercury. Dental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Human mercury exposure and effects in Europe

    The effects of human exposure to mercury (Hg) and its compounds in Europe have been the focus of numerous studies that differed in their design, including recruiting different population groups at different levels of exposure and by using different protocols and recruitment strategies. The objective of this work was to review current studies of Hg exposure in Europe, taking into account the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Increase in mercury in Pacific yellowfin tuna

    Mercury is a toxic trace metal that can accumulate to levels that threaten human and environmental health. Models and empirical data suggest that humans are responsible for a great deal of the mercury actively cycling in the environment at present. Thus, one might predict that the concentration of mercury in fish should have increased dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. Evidence in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Original story at MIT News MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global treaty to mitigate and prevent mercury pollution, the ...

  • Inorganic mercury accumulation in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

    To investigate the source and process of inorganic mercury (IHg) accumulation in rice, we monitored the concentrations of IHg in tissues of rice plants (Oryza sativa L.) from four experimental plantation plots. Biweekly during the rice‐growing season, tissues of rice plants, corresponding soil, precipitation, and irrigation water samples were collected. The sampling data support the following: ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • L.A. mercury spill provides opportunity for education

    The uncertainty surrounding a mercury spill on a Los Angeles subway platform this past December was reported by many leading news organizations, including coverage by the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Fox News, among others. Many of these news stories focused on the slow response to the incident and the potential for this to have been associated with terrorism. While these are valid concerns that ...

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