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Mercury Contamination of Aquatic Ecosystems

Mercury has been well known as an environmental pollutant for several decades. As early as the 1950's it was established that emissions of mercury to the environment could have serious effects on human health. These early studies demonstrated that fish and other wildlife from various ecosystems commonly attain mercury levels of toxicological concern when directly affected by mercury-containing emissions from human-related activities. Human health concerns arise when fish and wildlife from these ecosystems are consumed by humans.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-01-18 16:17:45
Description Mercury has been well known as an environmental pollutant for several decades. As early as the 1950's it was established that emissions of mercury to the environment could have serious effects on human health. These early studies demonstrated that fish and other wildlife from various ecosystems commonly attain mercury levels of toxicological concern when directly affected by mercury-containing emissions from human-related activities. Human health concerns arise when fish and wildlife from these ecosystems are consumed by humans.
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Source United States Geological Survey
Keyword Mercury, Soil, Water, Contamination, Decontamination
Date Of Record Creation 2010-01-18 16:05:34
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Date Last Modified 2010-05-10 14:16:36
Creator Krabbenhoft, David P., Rickert, David A.
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-01-18 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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