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Isotope investigation of mercury sources in a creek impacted by multiple anthropogenic activities TEXT SIZE: A A A
To investigate mercury (Hg) sources responsible for contamination at Gumu Creek in South Korea, Hg concentration (THg) and Hg isotope ratios were measured in the soil and sediment of Gumu Creek and the samples from a hazardous waste landfill (HWL). The THg ranged between 0.29–327 mg kg?1 and 9.5–414 mg kg?1 in the soil and sediment, respectively, reflecting heterogeneous distribution and elevated levels across the entire Gumu Creek. Without the soil with the lowest THg (0.30 ± 0.01 mg kg?1, n = 3), the δ202Hg (?0.83 to ?0.18‰) and Δ199Hg (?0.24 to 0.01‰) of the sediment and soil of Gumu Creek were within the ranges of the HWL samples (δ202Hg; ?1.29 to ?0.38‰, Δ199Hg; ?0.31 to 0.01‰). The comparison with the literature reporting sediment Hg isotope ratios impacted by various anthropogenic Hg sources revealed a presence of diverse Hg sources at Gumu Creek, including commercial liquid Hg, phenyl-Hg, and fly ash, consistent with the types of waste deposited within the HWL. Using commercial liquid Hg, fly ash, and the soil with the lowest THg as end-members, the ternary mixing model yielded 25–88% and 12–57% contributions from commercial liquid Hg and fly ash to the Gumu Creek sediment, respectively. The results of our study suggest that Hg isotope ratios are an effective tool for screening potential Hg sources at sites where the distribution of Hg is heterogeneous and multiple anthropogenic activities exist. (C) 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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 Chemosphere Volume 282, November 2021, 130947 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130947 


 Saebom Jung, Sae Yun Kwon, Yongseok Hong, Runsheng Yin, Laura C.Motta

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 Sae Yun Kwon 
 -Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, 77 Cheongam-Ro, Nam-Gu, Pohang, 37673, South Korea
 -Institute for Convergence Research and Education in Advanced Technology, Yonsei University, 85 Songdogwahak-Ro, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 21983, South Korea

Author(s) from IGCAS   YIN Runsheng

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