Mercury has been a long time problem that scientist are still trying to solve. Researchers have found an increase in Mercury levels in bodies of water. They found dangerously high levels of mercury in wildlife. This led many to worry about the health of humans when the consumed these animals. Although this is a growing problem, we have not found a solution. Some researchers say they might know who to point fingers at for this increase in Mercury.
So why is it so important that we don’t consume Mercury? Mercury can have can massive effect on humans. Mercury can affect the central nervous system and damage the brain. It’s especially important that pregnant women do not eat food containing Mercury. Mercury could potentially damage their baby’s brain. Mercury can also be deadly. In the 1950’s, in Japan a neurological epidemic killed thousands of people and caused mental retardation in babies. Little did they know that this was from the Mercury in the fish. With Mercury on the up rise, it must be stopped before it becomes too deadly.
Mercury pollution is having a massive affect. Its been a posing a new threat in the ocean. Researchers say that the levels of mercury have tripled in shallow parts of the ocean. This could pose a major threat to humans and sea life. The data set the researchers collected is the first time a group has done research in major ocean areas. The researchers found that the ocean contains about 60,000 and 80,00 tons of mercury. The researchers suggest the rise could have been due to mercury mines, the atmosphere, and human activities. They still haven’t been able to pin point the major affect. The researchers say that there are still gaps to fill.
Scientist are all scrambling to solve the mystery of mercury before it’s all too late. Some say the pollution is due to companies dumping it into bodies of water. Others claim its coming from the atmosphere. A researcher, Dave Krabbenhoft , has been dedicated to solving this growing problem. Krabbenhoft found that mercury contamination in lake Wisconsin was due to the atmosphere and not from the ground or the end of a pipe. He also found links between power plants emissions and the rise of mercury levels in fish. Krabbenhofts research was crucial step to further research in mercury contamination.
Although researchers still haven’t found the main cause for this up rise, they have defiantly come closer to the answers. Due to recent technology, finding out about mercury contamination has been easier than ever. Its important that we find a way to stop mercury contamination. If we don’t control this outbreak of mercury, the lives of many people and animals could be threatened.
- How can we do further research on Mercury contamination?
- Do you think Mercury could pose a major threat?
- What do you think will happen if Mercury contamination isn’t stopped?