Mercury from Gold and Silver Mining: A Chemical Time Bomb?

  • Luiz D. de Lacerda
  • Wim Salomons

Part of the Environmental Science book series (ESE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 1-13
  3. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 15-27
  4. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 29-46
  5. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 47-77
  6. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 79-95
  7. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 97-109
  8. Luiz D. de Lacerda, Wim Salomons
    Pages 121-124
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 125-147

About this book


Due to its inherent characteristics, mercury contamination from gold mining is a major environmental problem compared to past mercury contamination from industrial point sources. The worsening of social-economical conditions and increasing gold prices in the late 1970s resulted in a new rush for gold by individual entrepreneurs for whom Hg amalgamation is a cheap and easily carried out operation. Even after the present-day mining areas are exhausted, the mercury left behind will remain part of the biochemical cycle of the tropical forest. This book reviews the current information on mercury from gold mining, its cycling in the environment and its long-term ecotoxicological impact. The book is illustrated with numerous diagrams and photographs.


Gold- und Silberbergbau Quecksilbervergiftung Quecksilberverseuchung emissions environment gold and silver mining mercury contamination mercury poisoning transport tropical ecosystems tropische Ökosysteme

Authors and affiliations

  • Luiz D. de Lacerda
    • 1
  • Wim Salomons
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Geoquimica Centro NiteroiUniversidade Federal FluminenseRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.GKSS Research CenterGeesthachtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63734-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-58793-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-5520
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