Content of mercury in leaves of Spartina alterniflora Loisel. in Georgia, U.S.A. an update

S. Y. Newell, R. E. Hicks, M. Nicora

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Spartina leaves from industrially polluted and undeveloped marsh sites were analysed for content of mercury and eight other elements (B, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Pb, Zn). The industrially polluted site had been identified six years earlier as a heavily mercury-impacted area. Although other metals now do not show elevated levels in leaves of Spartina, high leaf-mercury contents have persisted, despite cessation of discharge of mercury in 1972.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
Journal"Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science"
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982



  • Georgia coast
  • marsh plants
  • mercury
  • pollutant persistence
  • salt marshes

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