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Water Air Soil Pollut (2010) 212:369–385 DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0351-y The Effect of Wildfire on Soil Mercury Concentrations

By In Southern California Watersheds, Megan P. Burke, Terri S. Hogue, Marcia Ferreira, Carolina B. Mendez, Bridget Navarro, Sonya Lopez and Jennifer A. Jay


Abstract Mercury(Hg)storedinvegetationandsoilsis known to be released to the atmosphere during wildfires, increasing atmospheric stores and altering terrestrial budgets. Increased erosion and transport of sediments is well-documented in burned watersheds, both immediately post-fire and as the watershed recovers; however, understanding post-fire mobilization of soil Hg within burned watersheds remains elusive. The goal of the current study is to better understand the impact of wildfire on soil-bound Hg during the immediate postfire period as well as during recovery, in order to assess the potential for sediment-driven transport to and within surface waters in burned watersheds. Soils were collected from three southern California watersheds of similar vegetation and soil characteristics that experience

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