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Mercury, a neurotoxin, is the most common contaminant in fish in the US and Canada, and is known to be detrimental to developing (human) fetuses and infants. One major input of mercury to the natural environment is through industrial processes. However, it is not yet known if a reduction in atmospheric mercury emissions would result in reduced mercury concentrations in fish. Enter ... METAALICUS. METAALICUS, or "Mercury Experiment To Assess Atmospheric Loading In Canada and the United States," is a whole-ecosystem experiment run by researchers at Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO) and a host of collaborating Universities, to trace mercury through the complex pathway that links the atmosphere with fish. This METAALICUS Website, hosted by a collaborator of the project, offers background information and research objectives, with links to additional resources.
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