Factors Influencing the Volatilization of Mercury from Soil1
- Robert D. Rogers and
- James C. Mc Farlane2
Mercury volatilization from soils amended to 1 ppm mercury with mercuric nitrate decreased substantially within 1 week after application. During the first week, 20% of the applied mercury was lost from a silty clay-loam soil and 45% was lost from a loamy sand soil. Volatilization of Hg from the loamy sand soil resulted in a concurrent decrease in ammonium nitrate-extractable mercury. Other work with sterile soil indicates that the volatilization was mediated by microorganisms.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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