Spatial characteristics of net methylmercury production hot spots in peatlands.

  title={Spatial characteristics of net methylmercury production hot spots in peatlands.},
  author={Carl P J Mitchell and Brian A. Branfireun and Randall K. Kolka},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={42 4},
Many wetlands are sources of methylmercury (MeHg) to surface waters, yet little information exists about the distribution of MeHg within wetlands. Total mercury (THg) and MeHg in peat pore waters were studied in four peatlands in spring, summer, and fall 2005. Marked spatial variability in the distribution of MeHg, and %MeHg as a proxy for net MeHg production, was observed, with highest values occurring in discrete zones. We denote these zones "MeHg hot spots", defined as an area where the pore… CONTINUE READING
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