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Harvard University

The Fate of Environmental Mercury

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.

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