Volume 96 Issue 7 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 12, 2018 | Web Date: February 8, 2018

Permafrost thaw could spike global mercury, study suggests

New assessment adds a million tons to estimates of mercury in soil
By Sam Lemonick
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: Climate change, mercury, permafrost

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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