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Mercury in the EnvironmentPattern and Process$
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Michael Bank

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271630

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271630.001.0001

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The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury

The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury

(p.99) Chapter 7 The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury
Mercury in the Environment

Aria Amirbahman

Ivan J. Fernandez

University of California Press

This is a review of the biogeochemical processes that control speciation and transport of inorganic mercury and methylmercury in soils. Mercury storage is discussed with respect to well-drained temperate and tropical soils. Review of mercury speciation in these soils is in relation to the chemical environment, especially soil organic matter and soil minerals. Transformation processes are reviewed mainly with respect to mercury reduction and volatilization. The role of vegetation type and soil disturbance, especially forest fires, on soil mercury storage and cycling is also discussed.

Keywords:   mercury, methylmercury, soil, soil organic matter, soil minerals, forest fire, soil disturbance, vegetation

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