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Preliminary Results On Atmospheric Mercury Emissions From Surface Waters Of The Mediterranean Sea

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Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EURO990712

Volume

36

Pages

5

Published

1999

Size

384 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

F. Ferrara, B. Mazzolai, E. Lanzillotta, E. Nucaro and N. Pirrone

Abstract

Preliminary Results on Atmospheric Mercury Emissions from Surface Waters of the Mediterranean Sea A contribution to subproject MEPOP F Ferrara\ B Mazzolai\ E Lanzillotta\ E Nucaro^ and N. Pirrone^ *CNR-Institute of Biophysics, Via S. Lorenzo 26, 56100 Pisa, Italy ^CNR-Institute for Atmospheric Pollution, c/o: University of Calabria, Introduction A number of recent studies on the emission (or re-emission) of gaseous mercury to the atmosphere from terrestrial and water surfaces suggests that the magnitude of emission rates may be comparable to that of industrial sources (Schroeder et al, 1992; Fitzgerald et aL, 1994; Ferrara et al., 1997). In particular oceanic evasion accounts for about 30 % of the total budget of atmospheric mercury on a global scale (Nriagu 1989). In the water system the reduction of mercury to its elemental form is a function of biotic and abiotic

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