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The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury

Aria Amirbahman and Ivan J. Fernandez

in Mercury in the Environment

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271630
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271630.003.0007
The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury

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This is a review of the biogeochemical processes that control speciation and transport of inorganic mercury and methylmercury in soils. Mercury storage is discussed with respect to well-drained temperate and tropical soils. Review of mercury speciation in these soils is in relation to the chemical environment, especially soil organic matter and soil minerals. Transformation processes are reviewed mainly with respect to mercury reduction and volatilization. The role of vegetation type and soil disturbance, especially forest fires, on soil mercury storage and cycling is also discussed.

Keywords: mercury; methylmercury; soil; soil organic matter; soil minerals; forest fire; soil disturbance; vegetation

Chapter.  18376 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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