Home Archived January 19, 2018

Mercury in the Environment

USGS provides information on mercury sources; mercury cycling in the atmosphere, land surface, lakes, streams and oceans; and bioaccumulation and toxicity of mercury. This information helps land and resource managers understand and reduce mercury hazards to people and wildlife.

USGS scientists -- get your mercury-related content on www.usgs.gov/mercury ->


USGS Fact Sheets on Mercury in the Environment

Worldwide supply & demand and flow of mercury

Mercury in U.S. Coal

Featured Publications

Mercury in the Nation's Streams--Levels, Trends, and Implications (14 October 2014) | Technical announcement

Mercury bioaccumulation in estuarine wetland fishes: Evaluating habitats and risk to coastal wildlife (July 2014)

Temporal Variation in Fish Mercury Concentrations within Lakes from the Western Aleutian Archipelago, Alaska (16 July 2014)

Mercury in Fishes from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (11 July 2014)

Historic and Contemporary Mercury Exposure and Potential Risk to Yellow-Billed Loons (Gavia adamsii) Breeding in Alaska and Canada (4 July 2014)

Scaling Up Watershed Model Parameters—Flow and Load Simulations of the Edisto River Basin, South Carolina, 2007–09 (2 July 2014)

Mercury concentrations and distribution in soil, water, mine waste leachates, and air in and around mercury mines in the Big Bend region, Texas, USA (29 June 2014)

Geochemical and Mineralogical Maps for Soils of the Conterminous United States This national-scale soil geochemistry project includes mercury and many other chemical elements and minerals. (17 June 2014) | Conterminous United States – Soil Survey web site | Science Feature: Getting the dirt on soil

Effects of urbanization on mercury deposition and accumulation in New England (6 June 2014)

Grizzly Bear Hair Reveals Toxic Exposure to Mercury through Salmon Consumption (5 June 2014)

Lacustrine Responses to Decreasing Wet Mercury Deposition Rates—Results from a Case Study in Northern Minnesota (3 June 2014) | USGS Press Release | USGS Environmental Health Headline

Mercury concentrations in water, and mercury and selenium concentrations in fish from Brownlee Reservoir and selected sites in Boise and Snake Rivers, Idaho and Oregon (16 May 2014) | Press Release

Mercury concentrations in breast feathers of three upper trophic level marine predators from the western Aleutian Islands, Alaska (15 May 2014)

Hydrological Controls on Methylmercury Distribution and Flux in a Tidal Marsh (14 May 2014)

Mercury speciation in the Mt. Amiata mining district (Italy): Interplay between urban activities and mercury contamination (11 May 2014)

Incorporation of inorganic mercury (Hg2+) in pelagic food webs of ultraoligotrophic and oligotrophic lakes: The role of different plankton size fractions and species assemblages (8 May 2014)

Mercury finds a way, even into pristine National Parks--Mercury in fishes from 21 National Parks in the Western United States (16 April 2014) USGS Report | USGS Science Feature--Top Story | Press Release

The distribution and extent of heavy metal accumulation in song sparrows along Arizona’s upper Santa Cruz River (12 April 2014)

Mercury elimination rates for adult northern pike Esox lucius: Evidence for a Sex Effect (26 March 2014)

Mercury in the soil of two contrasting watersheds in the eastern United States (14 February 2014)

Mercury and methylmercury stream concentrations in a Coastal Plain watershed--A multi-scale simulation analysis (13 February 2014)

Mercury exposure associated with altered plasma thyroid hormones in the declining Western pond turtle (Emys marmorata) from California mountain streams (11 February 2014)

Mercury: 2014 USGS Commodities Report (February 2014)

Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands of California:

All mercury publications with USGS authors, by year: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 1990-2008

USGS Science Activities

National Mercury Studies

Mercury Studies in Your State

Research on Mercury Cycling in Aquatic Ecosystems

Mercury Related to Mining and Natural Geologic Sources

Mercury Bioaccumulation and Toxicity

Mercury Atmospheric Deposition

Measuring Mercury in the Environment

USGS scientists who study mercury

Meetings and Conferences *

11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant 14-19 June 2015, Jeju, Korea.

< Archive of meetings and conferences >

Twitter feed *
Other agency links *

USEPA mercury information (US Environmental Protection Agency)

Mercury Deposition Network (National Atmospheric Deposition Program)

NOAA's Atmospheric Mercury program (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Air Toxics Monitoring Programs

Mercury ToxFAQs™: Chemical Agent Briefing Sheets (ATSDR)

NESCAUM Mercury Emission Control Studies

South Florida Mercury Science Program

United Nations Environment Programme--Reducing Risk from Mercury

* DOI and USGS link policies apply.


Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.usgs.gov/mercury/default.asp
Page Contact Information: Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: Tuesday, October 28, 2014