Mercury Distribution in the Gulf Stream

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Science  06 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4388, pp. 64-66
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4388.64


Measurements of reactive mercury in ocean water in the Gulf Stream at depths from 250 to 4460 meters revealed lower and more consistent concentrations than have been reported in the western Atlantic. The mean and standard deviation of 24 values in a vertical profile were 4.1 ± 1.0 nanograms per liter. A correlation was found between variations in mercury and silicate, suggesting a common link in their marine geochemistry.