Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 156–161 | Cite as

Distribution of total mercury in peat soil profiles in West Siberia

  • E. A. Golovatskaya
  • E. E. Lyapina


Total mercury content in peat soils of different botanical composition has been determined. Mercury content in peat depends on principal properties of peat soil such as botanical composition, ash content, degree of peat decomposition, as well as nitrogen, carbon, and humic acid content in peat. A model based on the mercury/biomass concept is proposed to determine the distribution of total mercury in peat soil profiles in West Siberia from the content of the main biogenic elements C and N.

Key words

mercury peat soil redox potential geochemical barrier biogenic elements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesTomskRussia

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