Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Research article
13 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 13 Apr 2016

Mercury dynamics and mass balance in a subtropical forest, southwestern China

Ming Ma, Dingyong Wang, Hongxia Du, Tao Sun, Zheng Zhao, Yongmin Wang, and Shiqiang Wei


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ED: Publish as is (29 Mar 2016) by Leiming Zhang
Short summary
Elevated atmospheric deposition in China is predicted to increase due to fast economic development. We quantified Hg dynamics on the forest field and measured fluxes and pools of Hg in litterfall, throughfall, stream water and forest soil in southwestern China, and found that forest field retention can prevent Hg from entering into the downstream aquatic ecosystems. However, any changes in the forest floor like deforestation or forestland degradation may strongly affect Hg budget of the region.
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