Volume 94 Issue 4 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: January 25, 2016

Fog Transports Mercury To Shore, Studies Suggest

Based on work by California-based researchers, a picture is beginning to emerge showing that fog droplets carry the neurotoxin from the ocean to terrestrial ecosystems
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: mercury, neurotoxin, ocean, coast, pollution

You might think of fog as something gray and damp, good only for ruining views, making driving harder, and delaying plane flights—especially in San Francisco. But fog also provides as much as 90% of the water in some coastal ecosystems, such as California’s chaparral shrublands and redwood forests.

Last month during the American Geophysical Union fall meeting, researchers reported another characteristic of fog: It may play an important role in cycling neurotoxic mercury species among . . .

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