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05/28/2006 12:31 PM ID: 54552 Permalink   

Mercury Levels in Fish Linked to Forest FIres

 

A $423,000 grant from the National Fire Sciences Program was given to The University of Minnesota, USGS and the Forest Service to study fish before and after fires in the Superior National Forest. Of interest to them are mercury levels.

They believe that forest fires are responsible for their contamination. They are focusing their study in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, where many fires are in the process of being lit to clear excess dead wood from a devastating storm in 1999.

As mercury is released from power plants, it settles in the forest and is absorbed by vegetation over the years. Large amounts of contaminated ash can be flushed into lakes and streams immediately following a forest fire.

 
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  lol...  
 
I like how it's polution that causes the problem in the first place but they still try to blame forest fires.
 
  by: splicer   05/28/2006 06:02 PM     
  Not really..  
 
if you read the source they don't pin the blame on the fires at all. After reading the source my opinion is that the 1st line of the second paragraph in the summary is inaccurate.
 
  by: StarShadow     05/28/2006 10:01 PM     
  lol  
 
When I first read the headline, I thought it was saying that Mercury Levels in fish were causing forest fires...and that got me thinkin about some really shiny fish!
 
  by: TheAvenger8     05/29/2006 02:48 AM     
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I can't look at the title anymore and not bust out laughing... hard... what hath thou done to me!
 
  by: caution2     05/29/2006 03:06 AM     
 
 
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