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Mercury-Laced Marine Fog Threatening Mountain Lions

For those concerned that high levels of mercury in the air and water can adversely affect their own health as well as the health of their pets, it can be just as damaging to wildlife, and sometimes it arises from unexpected sources. One case in point is the coastal fog that frequently envelops the Santa Cruz Mountains, which researchers at the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) say is gradually impacting mountain lions. In fact, one study reveals that mountain lions of that area have mercury in their systems three times higher than that of the mountain lions roaming outside the "fog zone." Scientists who tracked the source of the vapor identified it as a particularly toxic variety of mercury; there are even special terms for it: methylmercury bioaccumulation or ocean-derived monomethylmercury (MMHg). Read more....

 

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