SS3.17 Global Mercury Cycling: From Natural to Anthropogenic Sources
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Time: 2:15:00 PM
Location: Carson C
 
JonesRD, Florida International University, Miami, USA, serc@fiu.edu
 
MERCURY MONITORING, ASSESSMENT, AND ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES, USA.
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In 1989 it became apparent that the Florida Everglades, like many other wetlands throughout North America, had a potentially significant mercury problem. Mercury monitoring by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the Florida Everglades indicated high concertrations of mercury in Largemouth bass, a popular sports fish. This finding potentially implicated over 2.5 million acres of freshwater marshes in South Florida. In 1993, Florida International University, along with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, initiated a system wide evaluation of mercury and the physical, biological, and chemical parameters associated with mercury contamination in other wetlands. Due to the unique nature of the Everglades, many of the traditional