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The Sources of Methylmercury in the Ocean

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The Sources of Methylmercury in the Ocean
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Mercury is a toxic metal released in the ocean by natural and human sources. However, the form of mercury entering the ocean (inorganic) is not the same form that accumulates in potentially hazardous concentrations in seafood. That other form, methylmercury, is created within the ocean by processes that are not well understood. Carl Lamborg's research is focused on identifying and understanding those biological and chemical processes that result in the methylation of mercury in the ocean, and ultimately in human exposure to this pollutant.moreless

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