Model of Mercury Flux Associated with Volcanic Activity

  • Pavel Coufalík
  • Lukáš KrmíčekEmail author
  • Ondřej Zvěřina
  • Natália Meszarosová
  • Jindřich Hladil
  • Josef Komárek


Volcanic activity is one of the primary sources of mercury in the earth’s ecosystem. In this work, volcanic rocks from four geotectonically distinct localities (the Czech Republic – intraplate, rift-related alkaline basaltic rocks; Iceland – hotspot/rift-related tholeiitic basaltic rocks; Japan – island arc calc-alkaline andesites; and Alaska – continental arc calc-alkaline dacites) were studied. Ultra-trace Hg contents in all samples ranged from 0.3 up to 6 µg/kg. The highest Hg content was determined for volcanic ash from Mount Redoubt (Alaska, USA). In the case of basaltic volcanic rocks, the obtained results are about two orders of magnitude smaller than values formerly assumed for primary mercury contents in basaltic lavas. They are close to predicted Hg contents in the mantle source, i.e. below 0.5 µg/kg. Hg degassing is probably a key process for the resulting Hg contents in material ejected during volcanic eruption, which is previously enriched by Hg in the shallow-crust.


Mercury content Basalt Andesite Dacite 



The research was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic under project P503/12/0682, by Masaryk University under the project MUNI/A/0886/2016, by the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the CAS under RVO 68081715, by the Institute of Geology of the CAS under RVO 67985831, and by the BUT project LO1408 “AdMaS UP – Advanced Materials, Structures and Technologies”, supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports CR under the “National Sustainability Programme I”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Coufalík
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lukáš Krmíček
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Ondřej Zvěřina
    • 1
    • 6
  • Natália Meszarosová
    • 1
  • Jindřich Hladil
    • 4
  • Josef Komárek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of Civil EngineeringBrno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  4. 4.Institute of Geology of the Czech Academy of SciencesPrague 6Czech Republic
  5. 5.Department of Geological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  6. 6.Department of Public Health, Faculty of MedicineMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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