Volume 3 2011

Wisconsin's Water Library

Mercury!

Mercury is a naturally occurring element—Hg on the periodic table, atomic number 80—found in air, water and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds and organic mercury compounds. In addition to listening to the Water Resources Institute’s podcasts about mercury, pull up a chair and read some of these titles, available from the Water Library.

Ecosystem responses to mercury contamination
By Reed Harris, David P. Krabbenhoft, et al., eds.Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press: 2007.
The editors outline the infrastructure and methods needed to measure, monitor and regulate the concentration of mercury present in the environment. They propose a set of indicators to use as a measure of changing mercury concentrations in air, water, soil and aquatic life.

Importance of groundwater in production and transport of methylmercury in Lake Superior tributaries
By R. W. Stoor. Madison: University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute: 2002.
This study looked at the spatial and temporal patterns in mercury (Hg) and methylmercury concentrations in groundwaters and hyporheic zone waters at two contrasting sites and examined relationships to and covers biogeochemical conditions and local hydrology.

Mercury fate and transport in the global atmosphere: emissions, measurements and models
By Nicola Pirrone, ed. New York: Springer: 2009.
This book highlights major issues related to the interactions of mercury with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and evaluates the relative contribution of anthropogenic and natural sources to the global atmospheric mercury budget.

Mercury speciation along a groundwater flowpath
By David E. Armstrong, Christopher L. Babiarz, et al. Madison: University of Wisconsin, Water Resources Institute: 2006.
An investigation designed to provide information on the importance of hyporheic zones as a site for MeHg formation and transport into surface waters. The report also details the forms of inorganic Hg(II) and MeHg in the hyporheic zones, and examines the influence of speciation on both Hg(II) bioavailability for methylation, and MeHg transport into surface waters and food webs.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just e-mail askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.







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