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Researchers Find Mercury Entering Ocean Through Groundwater


March 20, 2007

Infrared image of groundwater seeping into bay Scientists have found a new and substantial pathway for mercury pollution flowing into coastal waters. Marine chemists have detected much more dissolved mercury entering the ocean through groundwater than from atmospheric and river sources. Full Story

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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