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Mercury and Methylmercury in the Bottom Sediments of Lake Baikal

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The results of long-term monitoring the total mercury and methylmercury levels in the bottom sediments of Lake Baikal are reported for the first time. It was shown that the levels of mercury and methylmercury in the lake sediments are within the range of the levels characteristic of unpolluted freshwater bodies. The factors affecting the accumulation of mercury and methylmercury in the upper layer of bottom sediments are revealed. A correlation between the organic carbon and particle size fractions is noted.

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Morshina, T.N., Luk’yanova, N.N., Mamchenko, T.B. et al. Mercury and Methylmercury in the Bottom Sediments of Lake Baikal. Russ J Gen Chem 91, 2924–2930 (2021).

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