Mercury floats in fog droplets?

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Mercury floats in fog droplets?

Postby vivian maxine on January 9th, 2016, 1:02 pm 

I know our oceans have had a mercury problem. I know fog comes in off bodies of water. Now I hear that fogs along the shores have an excess of mercury which is hazardous to those living along the coasts.

Can mercury float in fog droplets? I thought Mercury was heavy.
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Re: Mercury floats in fog droplets?

Postby Watson on January 9th, 2016, 2:15 pm 

Methylmercury occurs naturally in the atmosphere, or by human activities. I think the fog vapor is just a convenient sponge to hold on to it.
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Re: Mercury floats in fog droplets?

Postby vivian maxine on January 9th, 2016, 2:47 pm 

Watson » January 9th, 2016, 1:15 pm wrote:Methylmercury occurs naturally in the atmosphere, or by human activities. I think the fog vapor is just a convenient sponge to hold on to it.


All right. Thank you. I did wonder.
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Re: Mercury floats in fog droplets?

Postby zetreque on January 10th, 2016, 5:55 pm 

Do you know why our oceans have a mercury problem in the first place? :)

Also the term that is helpful in this post is
Cloud Condensation Nuclei

This looks like a good one to read.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2012EO140022/pdf
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Re: Mercury floats in fog droplets?

Postby vivian maxine on January 10th, 2016, 6:26 pm 

zetreque » January 10th, 2016, 4:55 pm wrote:Do you know why our oceans have a mercury problem in the first place? :)

Also the term that is helpful in this post is
Cloud Condensation Nuclei

This looks like a good one to read.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2012EO140022/pdf



Thank you, zetreque. I'll have to read it tomorrow but I shall.
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