Small Mammals as Monitors of Environmental Contaminants

  • Sylvia S. Talmage
  • Barbara T. Walton
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 119)

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvia S. Talmage
    • 1
  • Barbara T. Walton
    • 2
  1. 1.Health and Safety Research DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Environmental Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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