Fossil Fuels as a Source of Mercury Pollution

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Science  04 Jun 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3987, pp. 1027-1028
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3987.1027


The upper limit of the quantity of mercury released by weathering processes is approximately 230 metric tons per year. The quantity of mercury released by burning of coal is estimated to be of the order of 3000 tons per year, a quantity comparable to that emitted as waste from industrial processes.