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Alaska's Changing ArcticEcological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes$
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John E. Hobbie and George W. Kling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199860401.001.0001

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Mercury in the Alaskan Arctic

Mercury in the Alaskan Arctic

(p.287) 9 Mercury in the Alaskan Arctic
Alaska's Changing Arctic

William F. Fitzgerald

Chad R. Hammerschmidt

Daniel R. Engstrom

Prentiss H. Balcom

Carl H. Lamborg

Chun-Mao Tseng

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses mercury cycling and contamination in the Alaskan arctic. It provides a framework for investigating the behavior and fate of many contaminants in polar regions. It looks into the role atmospheric circulation and chemistry in affecting the transport and deposition of both inorganic and organic substrates on local and global scales. It analyzes a series of reports by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program in determining mechanisms that transport contaminants, including mercury, to the arctic and identifies their effects on the arctic ecosystem.

Keywords:   mercury cycling, contamination, Alaskan arctic, polar regions, atmospheric circulation, substrates, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program

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