Mercury in Populations of River Dolphins of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins

  title={Mercury in Populations of River Dolphins of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins},
  author={Federico Mosquera-Guerra and Fernando Trujillo and Danielle A. Parks and Marcelo Oliveira-da-Costa and Paul A. Van Damme and Andrea Echeverr{\'i}a and N Franco and Juan David Carvajal-Castro and Hugo Mantilla-Meluk and Miriam Marmontel and Dolors Armenteras-Pascual},
  pages={743 - 758}
In the Amazon and Orinoco basins, mercury has been released from artisanal and industrial gold mining since the Colonial time, as well as a result of deforestation and burning of primary forest, that release natural deposits of methyl mercury, affecting the local aquatic vertebrate fauna. This study reports the presence of mercury in river dolphins’ genera Inia and Sotalia. Mercury concentrations were analysed in muscle tissue samples collected from 46 individuals at the Arauca and Orinoco… 

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