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Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Volume 119 of the series Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology pp 47-145

Small Mammals as Monitors of Environmental Contaminants

  • Sylvia S. TalmageAffiliated withHealth and Safety Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • , Barbara T. WaltonAffiliated withEnvironmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Abstract

Many potentially harmful chemicals, both natural and anthropogenic, are released to the environment every year. Although chemical analyses of soil, air, and water can provide information on the concentrations of specific compounds present, these analyses alone are inadequate to assess the availability and potential toxicity of contaminants to humans and wildlife. Animals in these environments, however, integrate contaminant exposure spatially, temporally, and across media. Therefore, mammalian body burdens and responses are uniquely realistic indicators of mammalian exposure to chemicals.