Methyl mercury, monomethylmercury, MeHg; formula: CH3Hg+X-; CAS Registry Number: 22967-92-6
Formula of methylmercury
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Organometallic compound that is naturally formed from inorganic mercury ions

Most frequently microorganisms in sediments and soils are involved in the methylation. Burning of wastes and fossil fuels may also lead to MeHg emissions.

Environmentally relevant data for methylmercury are:

Guidelines for Chemical Analysis: Quantification of Methyl Mercury Compounds in Environmental Samples by ICP-MS

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Zebra mussel Common mussel species as invasive animal in rivers and lakes with high information level for water pollution
Blue mussel One of the most important edible mussel species common in the North and Baltic Sea

Sampling area

Saarländischer Verdichtungsraum Important, old-industrialised conurbation in Germany.
Bornhöveder Seengebiet Main water divide between the North- and Baltic Sea
Rhein Longest river in Germany
NP Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park in the largest brackish water (Bodden) habitat of the world.
BR/NP Wattenmeere National park in the world largest connected sand and mud flats.
Elbe Fourth largest river basin in Central Europe
Verdichtungsraum Halle-Leipzig Region in the chemical triangle of Central Germany
Donau Second largest river in Europe

Sampling period

1986 - 2018

Extended information

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