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Antarctic waters harbour dangerous levels of mercury / Ocean Acidification Expert Visits Bristol Bay


Antarctic waters harbour dangerous levels of mercury

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 02:20 (GMT + 9)

Seabirds in the Southern Ocean have been found to contain four times the mercury levels of aquatic birds elsewhere on the planet, according to a team of French and Australian oceanographers.

While the region’s seabirds, including albatross and petrels, appear to be evolving to deal with the contamination, the researchers are guessing that marine life is not.

High levels have not been found in Southern Ocean fish yet, however, Ninemsn reports.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) oceanographer Dr Steve Rintoul worked as part of a team led by French oceanographer Daniel Cossa and were the first to analyze mercury concentrations in the Southern Ocean, ABC reports..... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=48949&ndb=1&df=0

An Ocean Acidification Expert Visits Bristol Bay

01/10/12
The issue of ocean acidification was addressed at length Monday night during a roundtable presentation held in Dillingham. It featured Doctor Jeremy Mathis who's considered one of the leading experts on the subject in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason spoke with Mathis and then filed this report. (7:15) Audio > http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1655