J. Phys. IV France
Volume 12, Number 10, November 2002
Page(s) 143 - 160

J. Phys. IV France
12 (2002) Pr10-143
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020457

Mercury as a global pollutant

L. Poissant1, A. Dommergue2 and C.P. Ferrari2, 3

1  Service Météorologique du Canada, Processus Atmospheriques des Toxiques, Environnement Canada, 105 rue McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2E7
2  Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement du CNRS, 54 rue Molière, BP. 96, 38402 Saint-Marfin-d'Hèrès, France
3  École Polytechnique Universitaire de Grenoble, Université Joseph Fourier, 28 avenue Benoît Frachon, BP. 53, 38041 Grenoble, France

Mercury may be one of the best-documented hazardous substances utilised by man. Still the uncovering of the global human impacts on the environment through the use and mobilisation of mercury cannot be considered complete. Recent mercury depletion events observed in the Arctic have opened the horizon to numerous new aspects on mercury fate and cycling in the environment. This chapter browses various aspects of the extremely complex cycling and fate of mercury in the perspective of mercury as a global pollutant and discusses some new emerging research fields in mercury.

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