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Spatial and temporal variation of THg concentrations in run-off water from 19 boreal catchments, 2000-2010
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2012 (English)In: Environmental Pollution, ISSN 0269-7491, E-ISSN 1873-6424, Vol. 164, 102-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Total mercury concentrations are presented for 19 Swedish watercourses 2000-2010, together with an analysis of factors affecting these concentrations in space and time. Organic matter (OM) measured as absorbance at 420 nm (Abs(420)) and total organic carbon (TOC) were the variables most strongly correlated with THg concentrations in the pooled dataset from all 19 watercourses, explaining 66% and 61% of the variance respectively. The correlation between THg and OM indicates that OM is the main controlling factor independent of geographical variation in Hg deposition, geology, or any other factor evaluated in this study. Despite an increase in TOC concentrations at most sites during the study period, THg increased in only one of the watercourses, and the THg/TOC ratio decreased significantly at six sites. The Abs(420) did not increase like TOC. We suggest that OM-fractions absorbing at 420 nm are more important for Hg mobilization than other OM-fractions.

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2012. Vol. 164, 102-109 p.
Keyword [en]
Mercury, TOC, Absorbance, Time series, Trend analyses
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-174354DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.01.024ISI: 000302971400016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-174354DiVA: diva2:528148
Available from: 2012-05-24 Created: 2012-05-15 Last updated: 2012-05-24Bibliographically approved

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