oa Clean Air Journal = Tydskrif vir Skoon Lug - Recent papers utilizing Cape Point mercury monitoring data : research brief

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1017-1703



Mercury is a globally important toxin that has the potential to cause significant adverse impacts to human and environmental health. Mercury that is released from natural or anthropogenic activities has the ability to enter the atmosphere and due to its long atmospheric lifespan it is able to be transported great distances around the world. As part of the biogeochemical cycling of mercury, gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) (the most abundant species of atmospheric mercury, accounting for >90% of the total atmospheric mercury) is able to be oxidised and is deposited in water and on land, where it undergoes further biogeochemical cycling to form methylated mercury.

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