Mercury in Fish and Water in New Impoundments—A Review of the Literatureby David B. Pott, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
Abstract: Evidence to date indicates that only one metal, mercury, systematically bioaccumulates to ecologically significant concentrations as a direct result of impoundment. This bioaccumulation results from microbial methylation of naturally occurring mercury in the topsoils of newly flooded reservoirs. The organic and nutrient content in the topsoils and temperature appear to strongly influence the rate of methylation and bioaccumulation.
Subject Headings: Mercury (chemical) | Water storage | Hydro power | Microbes | Reservoirs | Nutrients | Fish management | Water pollution
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