Mercury in the Alaskan Arctic

William F. Fitzgerald, Chad R. Hammerschmidt, Daniel R. Engstrom, Prentiss H. Balcom, Carl H. Lamborg, Chun Mao Tseng

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlaska's Changing Arctic
Subtitle of host publicationEcological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267889
ISBN (Print)9780199860401
StatePublished - Mar 27 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Alaskan arctic
  • Arctic monitoring and assessment program
  • Atmospheric circulation
  • Contamination
  • Mercury cycling
  • Polar regions
  • Substrates


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