Mercury hazards from gold mining to humans, plants, and animals.

  title={Mercury hazards from gold mining to humans, plants, and animals.},
  author={Ronald Eisler},
  journal={Reviews of environmental contamination and toxicology},
  • Ronald Eisler
  • Published 2004 in
    Reviews of environmental contamination and…
Mercury contamination of the environment from historical and ongoing mining practices that rely on mercury amalgamation for gold extraction is widespread. Contamination was particularly severe in the immediate vicinity of gold extraction and refining operations; however, mercury, especially in the form of water-soluble methylmercury, may be transported to pristine areas by rainwater, water currents, deforestation, volatilization, and other vectors. Examples of gold mining-associated mercury… CONTINUE READING

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