A detailed investigation of mercury concentrations in the bottom sediments of Minamata Bay was performed in May, 2012. A total of 691 sediment samples were obtained from 107 sampling points in the bay. The weighted average total mercury concentration and the total mass of mercury in the bottom sediments of Minamata Bay were estimated to be 2.3. mg/kg dry weight basis and 3.4. tons, respectively. The average concentration of total mercury in the surface layer of the sediments was 3.0. mg/kg dry weight basis, and the distribution pattern of total mercury concentrations in the surface layer was found to have changed little in comparison to results reported 25. years ago. In addition, based on the results of seawater monitoring in Minamata Bay from 2010 to 2012, the amounts of total mercury and methylmercury mobilized from sediments and dissolved in the water column were 0.7 and 0.1. kg/yr, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aquatic Science