Concentration of Mercury in Arctic Area Tends To Be Highest In World

Concentration of Mercury in Arctic Area Tends To Be Highest In World

Recent research subjected that a potential cause behind the increased levels of environmental pollution is termed to be an increase in concentration of mercury pollution, due to widespread of the metal pollution from smokestacks.

It has been warned that this pollution has drastically affected the food chain. However, it has been reported that the majority area to be affected by the toxic pollutant is Arctic.

Researchers demonstrated that the major reason behind the Arctic Ocean to be polluted tends to be circumpolar rivers, which act as a carrier of the pollutant to the northern part of the ocean.

Further, the researchers explained that they were able to discover the source behind the emission of the pollutant, which was termed to be neurotoxin in humans. They emphasized that seasonal changes lead to fluctuations in level of mercury concentration.

Moreover, they illustrated that concentration of the pollutant may further increase, due to climatic changes, which tend to alter hydrological cycle of the area and also discharge the element from Arctic soils.

Lead author Jenny A. Fisher said, “The Arctic is a unique environment because it’s so remote from most anthropogenic (human-influenced) sources of mercury”.

He warned that the levels of mercury in the area are not only dangerous for marine life but also human life.


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