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Cycling and Speciation of Mercury in the Food Chain of South Florida

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Nancy S. Simon
Publication_Date: 1998
Title:
Cycling and Speciation of Mercury in the Food Chain of South Florida
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/merc_speciation/>
Description:
Abstract:
Methylmercury, a neurotoxin, is found in the game fish of south Florida. Samples of periphyton, the assemblage of microalgae that live in shallow submerged substrates which is home to, and food for, creatures that are the foundation of the food chain, have concentrations of methylmercury that range from non-detectable to tenths of a part per million on a dry weight basis. The report produced from this project presents data for samples of periphyton and water collected in 1995 and 1996 from Water Conservation Areas, the Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Everglades National Park in south Florida. Periphyton samples were analyzed for concentrations of total mercury, methylmercury, nitrogen, phosphorus, organic carbon, and inorganic carbon. Water-column samples collected on the same dates as the periphyton samples were analyzed for concentrations of major ions.
Purpose:
The goal of this project is to answer the question - How does mercury produced in the aquatic environment enter the food chain and become part of the body burden of animals such as game fish in south Florida?
Supplemental_Information:
This project is now part of the Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades (ACME) project
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 1995
Ending_Date: 1997
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.5
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.5
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 26.75
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.75
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: methylmercury
Theme_Keyword: mercury
Theme_Keyword: periphyton
Theme_Keyword: biology
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: 002
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1995, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington, D.C., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: US
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, D. C., NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Broward County
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Place_Keyword: Miami-Dade County
Place_Keyword: Palm Beach County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Everglades National Park
Place_Keyword: Big Cypress National Preserve
Place_Keyword: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Central Everglades
Place_Keyword: SW Big Cypress
Place_Keyword: Water Conservation Area 2A
Place_Keyword: Water Conservation Area 2B
Place_Keyword: Water Conservation Area 3A
Place_Keyword: WCA2A
Place_Keyword: WCA3A
Place_Keyword: Everglades Nutrient Removal area
Place_Keyword: ENR
Place_Keyword: WCA2B
Place_Keyword: Water Conservation Area 3B
Place_Keyword: WCA3B
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Nancy S. Simon
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Project Chief
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 432 National Center
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703 648-5863
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 703 648-5832
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nssimon@usgs.gov
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/ofr/98-76/locmapnlx.gif>
Browse_Graphic_File_Description:
location of study area and sampling sites for periphyton in South Florida
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: GIF
Data_Set_Credit:
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) provided transportation to the collection sites.
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Simon, N. S.

Cox, T.; Spencer, R.

Publication_Date: 1998
Title:
Data for Periphyton and Water Samples Collected from the South Florida Ecosystem, 1995 and 1996
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 98-76
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/ofr/98-76>
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Cox, T.

Simon, N. S.; Newland, L

Publication_Date: 1999
Title:
Copper, Lead, Mercury, and Zinc from Periphyton from the South Florida Ecosystem
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry
Issue_Identification: V. 70, pp. 259-274
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Other_Citation_Details: Journal membership is required for access to the full article.
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/papers/metalsinperi/>
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Simon, N.. S.

Spenser, R. J.; Cox, T.

Publication_Date: 1999
Title:
Distribution of and relation among mercury and methylmercury, organic carbon, carbonate, nitrogen and phosphorus in periphyton of the South Florida Ecosystem
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Toxocological and Environmental Chemistry
Issue_Identification: v. 69, p. 417-433
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Other_Citation_Details: Journal membership is required for access to the full article.
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/papers/disnrln_peri/>

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: not applicable
Completeness_Report: not available
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
When possible, periphyton was collected by manually lifting floating periphyton mats from the water and transferring them to plastic bags. If the periphytic algae was attached to submerged aquatic plants, the plant stems were cut and the whole unit of plant and periphytic algae was collected.

Periphyton samples were air-dried in the laboratory in a laminar flow hood to maintain a stream of filtered air across them. Whole samples from each site were ground and aliquants were removed for analysis. Total mercury was determined by cold vapor absorption spectroscopy. Methylmercury and other organomercury compounds were extracted using supercritical fluid carbon dioxide and quantitated using liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection.

Process_Date: 1998
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Nancy S. Simon
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Project Chief
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 432 National Center
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703 648-5863
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 703 648-5832
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nssimon@usgs.gov

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: data for periphyton and water samples 1995 and 1996
Distribution_Liability: The data have no implied or explicit guarantees
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: open file report
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/ofr/98-76/>
Access_Instructions: The report may be downloaded from the SOFIA website.
Fees: none

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070220
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

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