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Fish Respond Quickly to Changes in Mercury Deposition


September 26, 2007

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A three-year study that involved increasing the mercury load of an experimental lake and its watershed and then monitoring mercury concentrations in the watershed indicated that methylmercury (the type that accumulates in fish) was more readily produced from newly deposited mercury than from historical mercury contamination already buried in lake sediments. Full Story

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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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