Mercury contamination of the Lerderberg River, Victoria, Australia, from an abandoned gold field

In the catchment of the Lerderderg River, Victoria, Australia, gold-mining operations using the mercury amalgation process were carried out until 50 years ago

B.M. Bycroft

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • In the catchment of the Lerderderg River, Victoria, Australia, gold-mining operations using the mercury amalgation process were carried out until 50 years ago
  • Mercury concentrations up to 130 μg g−1 in sediments revealed a pattern of mercury contamination which could be related to past gold-mining activities
  • Elevated mercury levels were not found in brown trout Salmo trutta, but in river blackfish Gadopsis marmoratus, concentrations elevated to as much as 0·64 μg g−1 were found in fish living at sites elevated mercury sediment levels

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