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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Mercury in the Waters of the Jundiai River, SP, Brazil: The Role of Dissolved Organic Matter
Author: Fagnani, E
Guimaraes, JR
Fadini, PS
Abstract: Many developing countries have regions of high demographic density, where untreated residuary waters from different sources are often discharged into rivers, streams and other water bodies. This paper discusses the reducing action of organic matter of anthropic origin on the mercury redox cycle in the Jundiai River impacted by discharged wastes, and on the Pirai River, a non-impacted water body. The total mercury concentrations in these locations vary from 1.7 to 32 ng L-1 in the former and from 0.6 to 10.6 ng L-1 in the latter. Dissolved organic carbon concentrations of up to 68.3 and 6.5 mg L-1 were observed, confirming the higher impact on the Jundiai River. It was found that an inverse correlation between the concentration of dissolved organic carbon and total mercury was stronger in the Jundiai River, given that it receives higher organic loads, suggesting that organic matter exerts a reducing action on mercury, which is released as gas into the atmosphere. This correlation was not observed in the Pirai River, where the organic matter of natural origin is probably not sufficiently labile to act intensely upon the Hg redox cycle, favoring the metal transport.
Subject: Mercury redox cycle
Jundiai River
Country: EUA
Editor: Springer
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s10498-012-9169-0
Date Issue: 2012
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