The Fate of Environmental Mercury (image) Harvard University Caption This illustration shows how quickly a drop of mercury released into the atmosphere (top row), soil (middle), or ocean (bottom) finds its way to the soil (green), ocean (blue), or atmosphere (yellow), over time (left to right). It can take hundreds of years for the mercury to be locked away in the deep ocean or minerals. Credit Image courtesy of Helen Amos, Harvard University. Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.