Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 145–166 | Cite as

The behavior of mercury in the physical environment

  • Cyrill Brosset


In an earlier paper (Brosset, 1982) the total Hg in air over Sweden was discussed. The present paper is mainly devoted to oxidized Hg, its origin, transportation and reaction with water. A new nomenclature has been introduced based on the physical properties of Hg-compounds which determine their distribution between air and water and also, as has been the custom hitherto, on their oxidation-reduction properties. It has been established that precipitation contains Hg-salts which are formed through oxidation of metallic vapor in an acid water phase. Rather stable Hg-compounds which seem to be anthropogenic and of the same origin as soot particles are also found in the precipitation.


Oxidation Precipitation Mercury Transportation Physical Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyrill Brosset
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  1. 1.Swedish Environmental Research InstituteGothenburgSweden

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