Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Study finds mercury levels in Arctic soils 5 times higher than temperate regions

07/12/2017 01:30 PM EDT

Greenland tundra near the ice sheet.

Plants and soil in the Arctic tundra absorb and store mercury released into the atmosphere by industry and mining in the Earth's temperate regions, leading to soil mercury levels five times higher than in lower latitudes, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The research was published this week in the journal Nature.

The international team of researchers from the U.S. and France used a combination of methods to monitor ...

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