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The Mercury Cycle. Ubiquitous environmental toxicantVolcanoes and other natural sources release some elemental mercury to the environmentAnthropogenic emissions now account for approximately 70% of the 5500 metric tons of mercury that are released into the earth\'s atmosphere each yearCoal-fired power plants, chlorine plants, incineratorsThree forms: the metallic element, inorganic salts, and organic compounds (methylmercury, ethylmercury and phenylmercury)each possesses different bioavailab32204

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