Situational Analysis 5

Situational Analysis 5 - Issues: Natural mercury still...

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ENV 1301-02 05 October, 2007 Title: Fish Mercury Linked to Atmospheric Levels Summary: For the first time in history, North American Scientists have shown the change in mercury levels in fish is directly related to the chemical’s atmospheric disposition. Using an experiment which adds stable mercury isotopes to an ecosystem the scientists were able to pinpoint the effects of changing atmospheric mercury deposition. The experiment proved useful in differentiating the stable versus the natural mercury levels within an ecosystem
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Unformatted text preview: Issues: Natural mercury still being uncontrollable in fish There is a great deal of mercury cycling in watersheds Large pools of mercury already exist in the environment Questions: What does this discovery mean for scientists? What does it mean for the average citizen? Why is it important to know about mercury? Does understanding the mercury levels in the environment get us one step closer to achieving a state of sustainability for future generations?...
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