Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 105–118 | Cite as

Distribution and background levels of mercury in sediment cores from selected wisconsin lakes

  • J. K. Syers
  • I. K. Iskandar
  • D. R. Keeney


The vertical distribution of Hg in sediment cores from a range of hard- and soft-water lakes in Wisconsin was evaluated in terms of potential sources of Hg during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For the Madison lakes, the trends in Hg distribution were related to variations in sewage inputs during the last 80 yr. It is unlikely that either inputs of sewage or erosional products are responsible for the observed accumulation of Hg in the most recent sediments from three lakes in northeastern Wisconsin. Background levels varied from 0.01 to 0.24 ppm of Hg (intact sediment basis) in precultural sediments from the Wisconsin lakes investigated. There was no consistent relationship between the concentration of Hg and other sediment components of potential importance in the retention of Hg.


Mercury Sewage Twentieth Century Vertical Distribution Sediment Core 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. K. Syers
    • 1
  • I. K. Iskandar
    • 1
  • D. R. Keeney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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