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Title: Mercury in freshwater fish and clams from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field of Baja California, Mexico

Abstract

Several reports have expressed concern about the potential toxicity hazards and environmental contamination of mercury emissions from geothermal fields in Hawaii, New Zealand, Iceland, California and Mexico. Inorganic mercury discharged from the sources may accumulate in the sediments of rivers or lakes and, after microbiological methylation may become concentrated in the edible tissue of fish. This study involves assessment of geothermal mercury pollution arising from Cerro Prieto. For this purpose the fish Tilapia mossambica and the clam Corbicula fluminea were collected from the freshwater courses of the Mexicali Valley. Reports indicated that in 1982, 13 t of T. mossambica were destinated for human consumption. A further aim was to provide base line data and information relevant to the level of mercury contamination for the Mexicali Valley.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (Mexico)
OSTI Identifier:
6877971
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6877971
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.; (United States); Journal Volume: 41:2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; CERRO PRIETO GEOTHERMAL FIELD; HEALTH HAZARDS; CLAMS; QUANTITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; FISHES; MERCURY COMPOUNDS; UPTAKE; HUMAN POPULATIONS; WATER POLLUTION; ANIMALS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; GEOTHERMAL FIELDS; HAZARDS; INVERTEBRATES; MOLLUSCS; POLLUTION; POPULATIONS; VERTEBRATES 560300* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology

Citation Formats

Gutierrez-Galindo, E.A., Munoz, G.F., and Flores, A.A.. Mercury in freshwater fish and clams from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field of Baja California, Mexico. United States: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.1007/BF01705431.
Gutierrez-Galindo, E.A., Munoz, G.F., & Flores, A.A.. Mercury in freshwater fish and clams from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field of Baja California, Mexico. United States. doi:10.1007/BF01705431.
Gutierrez-Galindo, E.A., Munoz, G.F., and Flores, A.A.. Mon . "Mercury in freshwater fish and clams from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field of Baja California, Mexico". United States. doi:10.1007/BF01705431.
@article{osti_6877971,
title = {Mercury in freshwater fish and clams from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field of Baja California, Mexico},
author = {Gutierrez-Galindo, E.A. and Munoz, G.F. and Flores, A.A.},
abstractNote = {Several reports have expressed concern about the potential toxicity hazards and environmental contamination of mercury emissions from geothermal fields in Hawaii, New Zealand, Iceland, California and Mexico. Inorganic mercury discharged from the sources may accumulate in the sediments of rivers or lakes and, after microbiological methylation may become concentrated in the edible tissue of fish. This study involves assessment of geothermal mercury pollution arising from Cerro Prieto. For this purpose the fish Tilapia mossambica and the clam Corbicula fluminea were collected from the freshwater courses of the Mexicali Valley. Reports indicated that in 1982, 13 t of T. mossambica were destinated for human consumption. A further aim was to provide base line data and information relevant to the level of mercury contamination for the Mexicali Valley.},
doi = {10.1007/BF01705431},
journal = {Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 41:2,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 1988},
month = {Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 1988}
}