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Volume 2 (2002), Pages 1597-1602
Short Communication

Mercury Exchange at the Air-Water-Soil Interface: An Overview of Methods

1National Resources and Tourism College, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, China
2Changchun Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China

Received 27 February 2002; Accepted 10 April 2002

Copyright © 2002 Fengman Fang et al.


An attempt is made to assess the present knowledge about the methods of determining mercury (Hg) exchange at the air-water-soil interface during the past 20 years. Methods determining processes of wet and dry removal/deposition of atmospheric Hg to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as methods determining Hg emission fluxes to the atmosphere from natural surfaces (soil and water) are discussed. On the basis of the impressive advances that have been made in the areas relating to Hg exchange among air-soil-water interfaces, we analyzed existing problems and shortcomings in our current knowledge. In addition, some important fields worth further research are discussed and proposed.