Mercury Contamination of Aquatic Ecosystems

United States Geological Survey

This site provides a brief overview of mercury cycling in the environment. Text is accompanied by useful diagrams that depict the health effects of mercury on the human body, the accumulation of mercury in an organism through biomagnification, and mercury cycling pathways in the environment. The site is also available as four separate PDF documents that have a more user-friendly layout.

This description of a site outside SERC has not been vetted by SERC staff and may be incomplete or incorrect. If you have information we can use to flesh out or correct this record let us know.

Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

Cutting Edge

Subject: Biology, Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Maps, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), General Public
Geochemistry Applications: Environmental Geochemistry, Geochemical Cycles
Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Heavy Metals
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere, Ecology, Solid Earth:Mineralogy, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, Biogeoscience