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Arsenic and mercury concentrations in major landscape components of an intensively cultivated watershed
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C.M.a، Cooper, نويسنده , , W.B.a، Gillespie Jr., نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2001
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To provide an understanding of arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) concentrations in soil, sediment, water, and fish tissues, samples were collected from a Mississippi River alluvial floodplain located in northwest Mississippi. As concentrations increased approximately an order of magnitude from water (5.12 µg/l) to fish tissues (36.99 µg/kg) and an additional two orders of magnitude in soils, lake sediments, and wetland sediments (5728, 5614, and 6746 µg/kg), respectively. Average Hg concentrations in water, soils, lake sediments, and fish were 2.16 µg/l, 55.1, 14.5 and 125 µg/kg, respectively. As and Hg concentrations were within published ranges for uncontaminated soil, water, and sediments. As concentrations represented a low risk. Hg concentrations were also low but showed a greater tendency to concentrate in fish tissue. The dominant mode of entry of these materials into aquatic systems is through storm-generated runoff. Since both metals accompany sediments, agricultural conservation practices such as reduced tillage, buffer riparian strips, and bordering sediment ponds or drainage wetlands will minimize watershed input to aquatic systems
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Moon Lake , Mississippi , watershed , mercury , Arsenic
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