Final Report to the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands
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Mercury in water bodies is receiving increased attention due to the toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg). Some authors have suggested that stratified lakes with anoxic hypolimnia experience higher rates of mercury methylation. It is believed that this biochemical pathway is promoted by high levels of H2S and organic matter in the deep layers that fuel sulfate‐reducing bacteria that produce methylmercury as a byproduct.
Wurtsbaugh, Wayne A. and Jones, Erin F., "The Great Salt Lake’s Deep Brine Layer and Its Importance for Mercury Bioaccumulation in Brine Shrimp (Artemia franciscana)" (2012). Watershed Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 551.