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Mercury in the global ocean
August 6, 2014
Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a byproduct of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of "bioavailable" mercury--forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans--play an important role in everything from drafting an international treaty designed to protect humans and the environment from mercury emissions to establishing public policies behind warnings about seafood consumption.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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