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Mercury in the Environment

USGS provides information on mercury sources; mercury cycling in the atmosphere, land surface, lakes, streams and oceans; and bioaccumulation and toxicity of mercury. This information helps land and resource managers understand and reduce mercury hazards to people and wildlife.

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USGS Fact Sheets on Mercury in the Environment

Worldwide supply & demand and flow of mercury

Mercury in U.S. Coal

Featured Publications

Mercury in the soil of two contrasting watersheds in the eastern United States (14 February 2014)

Mercury and methylmercury stream concentrations in a Coastal Plain watershed--A multi-scale simulation analysis (13 February 2014)

Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands of California:

A Great Lakes atmospheric mercury monitoring network--evaluation and design (in press 20 November 2013)

Global Change and Mercury (27 September 2013) Press release | Science paper | More info

Changing patterns in the use, recycling, and material substitution of mercury in the United States (8 August 2013)

Atmospheric mercury and fine particulate matter in coastal New England--Implications for mercury and trace element sources in the northeastern United States (31 July 2013)

Climate change and watershed mercury export--a multiple projection and model analysis (17 July 2013)

Mercury in wetlands at the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, northwestern Minnesota, 2007-9 (4 June 2013)

Kinetics of homogeneous and surface-catalyzed mercury(II) reduction by iron(II) (3 June 2013)

Landscape factors and hydrology influence mercury concentrations in wading birds breeding in the Florida Everglades, USA (23 May 2013)

Optimizing Stream Water Mercury Sampling for Calculation of Fish Bioaccumulation Factors (13 May 2013)

Marsh Wrens As Bioindicators of Mercury in Wetlands of Great Salt Lake: Do Blood and Feathers Reflect Site-Specific Exposure Risk to Bird Reproduction? (6 May 2013)

Arsenic and Mercury in the Soils of an Industrial City in the Donets Basin, Ukraine (3 May 2013)

Differential mercury transfer in the aquatic food web of a double basined lake associated with selenium and habitat (27 March 2013)

Variable Contributions of Mercury from Groundwater to a First-Order Urban Coastal Plain Stream in New Jersey, USA (21 March 2013)

Occurrence and Mobility of Mercury in Groundwater (27 February 2013)

Mineral commodity summaries 2013 (24 January 2013)

Methylmercury is the Predominant Form of Mercury in Bird Eggs: A Synthesis (21 January 2013)

Improved estimates of filtered total mercury loadings and total mercury concentrations of solids from potential sources to Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington (2013)

Characterization of mercury contamination in the Androscoggin River, Coos County, New Hampshire (2013)

Mercury and water-quality data from Rink Creek, Salmon River, and Good River, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (2013)

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Measuring Mercury in the Environment

USGS scientists who study mercury

Meetings and Conferences *

Mercury Pollution and Global Environmental Change American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013.

Air Quality and Climate in the Southeast US American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013.

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USEPA mercury information (US Environmental Protection Agency)

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Air Toxics Monitoring Programs

Mercury ToxFAQs™: Chemical Agent Briefing Sheets (ATSDR)

NESCAUM Mercury Emission Control Studies

South Florida Mercury Science Program

United Nations Environment Programme--Reducing Risk from Mercury

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