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This case examines mercury bioaccumulation and biomagnification within the context of the human health impacts of ingesting food (specifically, fish) contaminated with mercury. It was inspired by a 2009 USGS report on mercury in fish, sediment, and water from streams across the U.S. The case is intended to help students make the connection between an environmental contaminant (mercury, a neurotoxin) and the food they eat. Human activities have been increasing mercury concentrations globally, and coal-burning power plants are the most common source of mercury pollution, a fact many students are unaware of. The case has been used in an introductory level environmental science class (predominantly non-majors), a non-majors general biology class, and a sophomore level ecology class (majors).

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    Education Levels:

    • Grade 1
    • Grade 2
    • Grade 3
    • Grade 4
    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7
    • Grade 8
    • Grade 9
    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
    • Grade 12

    Keywords:

    Ecology,NSDL,Environmental Science,Social Sciences,Limnology,Public Health,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Undergraduate (Lower Division),Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,Geoscience,Life Science,Higher Education,High School,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-046,Vocational/Professional Development Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110630165252449T,Toxicology,Biology (General)

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    English

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    Public - Available to anyone

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