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Posted Sun Apr 20 2008: from Science Daily (US):
Mercury In River Moves Into Terrestrial Food Chain Through Spiders Fed To Baby Birds
Songbirds feeding near the contaminated South River are showing high levels of mercury, even though they aren't eating food from the river itself, according to a paper published by William and Mary researchers in the journal Science.... one of the first, if not the first, to offer scientific documentation of the infiltration of mercury from a contaminated body of water into a purely terrestrial ecosystem. "In bodies of water affected by mercury, it's always been assumed that only birds or wildlife that ate fish would be in danger," said Cristol, an associate professor in William and Mary's Department of Biology. "But we’ve now opened up the possibility that mercury levels could be very high in the surrounding terrestrial habitat, as well."
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