Open-File Report Series 2011–1318
This report summarizes the environmental settings of streams in New York and South Carolina, where the U.S. Geological Survey completed detailed investigations during 2005–09 into factors contributing to mercury bioaccumulation in top-predator fish and other stream organisms. Descriptions of location, land use/land cover, climate, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, hydrology, water temperature, and other characteristics are provided. Atmospheric deposition is the dominant mercury source in the studied basins where biota, sediment, soil, and water were sampled for mercury and for physical and chemical characteristics believed to be important in mercury methylation and transport.
First posted March 8, 2012
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Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Riva-Murray, K., Smith, M.J., Bradley, P.M., Button, D.T., Clark, J.M., Burns, D.A., and Journey, C.A., 2011, Environmental settings of streams sampled for mercury in New York and South Carolina, 2005–09: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1318.
Conversion Factors, Datums, and Abbreviations and Acronyms
Environmental Setting and Mercury Cycling
Sources of Environmental Setting Data
Environmental Setting of New York Streams
Upper Hudson River Basin
Fishing Brook Subbasin
Environmental Setting of South Carolina Streams
Edisto River Basin
McTier Creek Subbasin