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Accumulation of Mercury Vapor in Soils Laboratories

Fisher, H.D. and Cary, J.W. (1970) Accumulation of Mercury Vapor in Soils Laboratories. Soil Science Society of America Proceedings. 34(4):701-703.

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The rate of accumulation of mercury vapor in a closed room
was determined as a function of surface area of the exposed
mercury, ambient temperature, and air flow. The rate of mercury
vapor accumulation was much higher than suspected by
many soil scientists. For example, in a 3- by 3- by 2-m constant
temperature room, 250 cm² of mercury surface produced toxic
levels of mercury vapor within 13 minutes. Water or oil covering
the surface of the mercury was a highly effective means of
suppressing vaporization. The standard decontamination treatment
with sulfur proved effective, but only after complete
amalgamation occurred.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0183
Subjects: Research methodology
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:51
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 20:30
Item ID: 200