Issue Date: February 12, 2018 | Web Date: February 8, 2018
Permafrost thaw could spike global mercury, study suggests
Northern hemisphere permafrost holds at least as much, if not more, mercury than all the rest of the world’s soil, a new study finds. If the frozen soil layer, typically found at higher latitudes, thaws as climate scientists predict, global mercury levels could rise dramatically by 2100 (Geophys. Rev. Lett. 2018, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075571).
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