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Dissolved Organic Matter Interactions with Mercury in the Florida Everglades

  • Andrew M. GrahamEmail author
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to review the interactions of mercury with dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the Florida Everglades. Attention is given to the role of DOM to the complexation of inorganic Hg and methylmercury (MeHg), microbial Hg methylation, Hg and MeHg photochemistry, and MeHg bioaccumulation. This review shows that substantive changes in both DOM concentration and quality can be traced to land and water management practices in the northern Everglades, and that these perturbations to carbon cycling have likely impacted Hg biogeochemical cycling in the Everglades. The impact of sulfur enrichment on DOM quality, and its corresponding impact on microbial Hg methylation, is a special emphasis of the chapter.

Keywords

Everglades Mercury Methylmercury Dissolved organic matter Sulfur Speciation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This chapter is dedicated to the memory of George Aiken, who contributed many seminal studies of DOM in the Everglades and elsewhere, and who provided invaluable mentorship to the author.

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  1. 1.Grinnell College Department of ChemistryGrinnellUSA

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