Nineteenth Century Mercury: Hazard to Wading Birds and Cormorants of the Carson River, Nevada

  title={Nineteenth Century Mercury: Hazard to Wading Birds and Cormorants of the Carson River, Nevada},
  author={Charles J. Henny and Elwood F. Hill and David J. Hoffman and Marilyn G. Spalding and Robert Allan Grove},
Contemporary mercury interest relates to atmospheric deposition, contaminated fish stocks and exposed fish-eating wildlife. The focus is on methylmercury (MeHg) even though most contamination is of inorganic (IoHg) origin. However, IoHg is readily methylated in aquatic systems to become more hazardous to vertebrates. In response to a classic episode of historical (1859–1890) IoHg contamination, we studied fish-eating birds nesting along the lower Carson River, Nevada. Adult double-crested… 

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