Toward an improved understanding of the global biogeochemical cycle of mercury
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CitationAmos, Helen Marie. 2014. Toward an improved understanding of the global biogeochemical cycle of mercury. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractMercury (Hg) is a potent neurotoxin, has both natural and anthropogenic sources to the environment, and is globally dispersed. Humans have been using Hg since antiquity and continue its use in large quantities, mobilizing Hg from stable long-lived geologic reservoirs to actively cycling surface terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Human activities, such as mining and coal combustion, have perturbed the natural biogeochemical cycle of Hg. However, the distribution of natural versus anthropogenic Hg in the environment today and the extent of anthropogenic perturbation (i.e., enrichment) are uncertain. Previous model estimates of anthropogenic enrichment have been limited by a lack of information about historical emissions, examined only near-term effects, or have not accounted for the full coupling between biogeochemical reservoirs. Presented here is a framework that integrates recently available historical emission inventories and overcomes these barriers, providing an improved quantitative understanding of global Hg cycling.
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