Mercury distribution and speciation in water and fish from abandoned Hg mines in Wanshan, Guizhou province, China. Qiu, G.; Feng, X.; Wang, S.; Fu, X.; and Shang, L. The Science of the total environment, 407(18):5162-8, Elsevier B.V., 9, 2009.
Mercury distribution and speciation in water and fish from abandoned Hg mines in Wanshan, Guizhou province, China. [link]Website  abstract   bibtex   
Concentrations of total mercury (Hg(T)), methylmercury (MeHg), and its speciation in water samples as well as fish collected from abandoned Hg mines in Wanshan, Guizhou province, China, were measured to show regional dispersion of Hg contaminations that are not well known. High Hg(T) and MeHg(T) (total methylmercury) concentrations obtained in waters from mining areas, ranged from 15 to 9300 ng/l and 0.31 to 25 ng/l, respectively. MeHg(T) were not correlated with Hg(T), whereas, peak values in both cases were in accord with high concentrations of particulate fraction, which appeared to be enhanced during high-flow regime with ratios reaching to 99%. Elevated Hg concentrations in the particulate form indicated that particles released from Hg mining tailings (calcines) might be an important pathway of Hg to the aquatic system. The concentrations of total Hg in fish muscle were elevated ranging from 0.061 to 0.68 mg/kg, but MeHg were generally low ranging from 0.024 to 0.098 mg/kg with a mean ratio of 28%. The concentrations and distribution patterns of Hg in aquatic systems suggested derivation from historic Hg mining sites in the Wanshan area.
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