Environmental Science

Mercury Contaminated Sites

Characterization, Risk Assessment and Remediation

Editors: Ebinghaus, R., Turner, R.R., Lacerda, L.D. de, Vasiliev, O., Salomons, W. (Eds.)

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Mercury is outstanding among the global environmental pollutants of continuing th concern. Especially in the last decade of the 20 century, environmental scientists, legislators, politicians, and the public have become more aware of mercury pollu­ tion in the global environment. It has often been suggested that anthropogenic emissions are leading to a general increase in mercury on local, regional, and glo­ bal scales. Numerous industrial activities, including the mining of gold, silver, and mercury itself, have caused mercury contamination of terrestrial and aquatic eco­ systems. Mercury-contaminated sites are abundant worldwide. Mercury has been accumulated as an "industrial legacy" in the rocks, soils, and sediments at, and adjacent to, industrial sites and now may pose significant risks to human and eco­ logical health. Direct inputs of mercury into the environment by industrial activi­ ties have generally decreased significantly in the Western world over the past three decades. However, sources such as coal combustion and the use of mercury in gold and silver mining continue to be of importance on a global scale. The same is true for diffuse sources such as terrestrial landscapes that have been impacted by mer­ cury inputs from the atmosphere in the past. Soils (and vegetation) located close to large atmospheric mercury sources have clearly been sinks while these sources were active in the past. In the long run, however, these soils may have become important diffuse area sources after the original emissions were discontinued.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Natural and Anthropogenic Mercury Sources and Their Impact on the Air-Surface Exchange of Mercury on Regional and Global Scales

    Ebinghaus, R. (et al.)

    Pages 3-50

  • Mercury Mines in Europe: Assessment of Emissions and Environmental Contamination

    Ferrara, R.

    Pages 51-72

  • Mercury Contamination from New World Gold and Silver Mine Tailings

    Lacerda, L. D. (et al.)

    Pages 73-87

  • Mercury-Contaminated Industrial and Mining Sites in North America: an Overview with Selected Case Studies

    Turner, R. R. (et al.)

    Pages 89-112

  • Remediation Techniques for Hg-Contaminated Sites

    Hempel, M. (et al.)

    Pages 113-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mercury Contaminated Sites
Book Subtitle
Characterization, Risk Assessment and Remediation
Editors
  • Ralf Ebinghaus
  • Ralph R. Turner
  • Luiz D. de Lacerda
  • O. Vasiliev
  • Wim Salomons
Series Title
Environmental Science
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-03754-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-03754-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-63731-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-08354-9
Series ISSN
1431-6250
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 539
Number of Illustrations and Tables
138 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics