Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals

Olga Cavoura, C. C. Brombach, R. Cortis, C. M. Davidson, Z. Gajdosechova, H. E. Keenan, E. M. Krupp

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Mercury concentrations were investigated in freshwater sediment from two canals in Scotland, UK. High concentrations found in the Union Canal (35.3-1200 mg kg(-1)) likely originate from historical munitions manufacture, with lower levels in the Forth & Clyde Canal (0.591-9.14 mg kg(-1)). Concentrations of methylmercury (MeHg) were low - from 6.02 to 18.6 μg kg(-1) (0.001-0.023% of total Hg) in the Union Canal and from 3.44 to 14.1 μg kg(-1) (0.11-0.58% of total Hg) in the Forth & Clyde Canal - and there was a significant inverse relationship between total Hg concentration and %MeHg. Total Hg concentration was significantly negatively correlated with pH and positively correlated with Fe content (in the Union Canal only) but not with organic matter, S content or the proportion of clay present. The MeHg concentration was not correlated with any of the above sediment parameters. Ethylmercury was detected in the most highly contaminated sediments from the Union Canal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalChemosphere
Volume183
Early online date13 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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methylmercury
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mercury
Biological materials
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organic matter

Keywords

  • Mercury
  • Methylation
  • Sediment
  • Contamination
  • Methylmercury
  • Ethylmercury

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Cavoura, O., Brombach, C. C., Cortis, R., Davidson, C. M., Gajdosechova, Z., Keenan, H. E., & Krupp, E. M. (2017). Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals. Chemosphere, 183, 27-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.05.077

Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals. / Cavoura, Olga; Brombach, C. C.; Cortis, R.; Davidson, C. M.; Gajdosechova, Z.; Keenan, H. E.; Krupp, E. M.

In: Chemosphere, Vol. 183, 09.2017, p. 27-35.

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Cavoura, O, Brombach, CC, Cortis, R, Davidson, CM, Gajdosechova, Z, Keenan, HE & Krupp, EM 2017, 'Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals' Chemosphere, vol. 183, pp. 27-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.05.077
Cavoura O, Brombach CC, Cortis R, Davidson CM, Gajdosechova Z, Keenan HE et al. Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals. Chemosphere. 2017 Sep;183:27-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.05.077
Cavoura, Olga ; Brombach, C. C. ; Cortis, R. ; Davidson, C. M. ; Gajdosechova, Z. ; Keenan, H. E. ; Krupp, E. M. / Mercury alkylation in freshwater sediments from Scottish canals. In: Chemosphere. 2017 ; Vol. 183. pp. 27-35.
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