Environmental Science

Mercury from Gold and Silver Mining

A Chemical Time Bomb?

Authors: Lacerda, Luiz D.de, Salomons, Wim

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Due to its inherent characteristics, mercury contamination from gold mining is a major environmental problem compared to past mercury contamination from industrial point sources. The worsening of social-economical conditions and increasing gold prices in the late 1970s resulted in a new rush for gold by individual entrepreneurs for whom Hg amalgamation is a cheap and easily carried out operation. Even after the present-day mining areas are exhausted, the mercury left behind will remain part of the biochemical cycle of the tropical forest. This book reviews the current information on mercury from gold mining, its cycling in the environment and its long-term ecotoxicological impact. The book is illustrated with numerous diagrams and photographs.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Use of Mercury Amalgamation in Gold and Silver Mining

    Lacerda, Luiz D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Estimating Losses of Mercury to the Environment

    Lacerda, Luiz D. (et al.)

    Pages 15-27

  • Mercury in the Atmosphere

    Lacerda, Luiz D. (et al.)

    Pages 29-46

  • Mercury in Tropical Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems

    Lacerda, Luiz D. (et al.)

    Pages 47-77

  • Mercury in Biota

    Lacerda, Luiz D. (et al.)

    Pages 79-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mercury from Gold and Silver Mining
Book Subtitle
A Chemical Time Bomb?
Authors
Series Title
Environmental Science
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-58793-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-58793-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-63734-6
Series ISSN
1431-6250
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 147
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations
Topics