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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title Monitoring mercury vapor near pollution sites /
Author Jepsen, Anders F. ; Langan, Lee.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Langan, Lee.
Jepsen, Anders F.
CORP Author Environmental Measurements, Inc.
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office,
Year Published 1972
Report Number EPA16020-GLY-05/71; W7214714
OCLC Number 00515606
Subjects Air sampling apparatus. ; Spectrophotometer. ; Mercury--Analysis.
Additional Subjects Air sampling apparatus ; Spectrophotometer ; Mercury--Analysis
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 16020-GLY-05-71 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 05/12/2014
EJBM  TD890.E58 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/28/2007
ELBD RPS EPA 16020-GLY-05-71 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 02/15/2018
Collation ix, 66 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
"Report date May 1971." Prepared for the Office of Research and Monitoring, Environmental Protection Agency. Includes bibliographical references. Sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contents Notes
Field and laboratory measurements were made to demonstrate that mercury vapor in the air near mercury-polluted water or sediment can be detected using an extremely sensitive detector, the Barringer Airborne Mercury Spectrometer. Areas were visited where the presence of mercury was known from fish, water, or sediment analyses; anomalous mercury levels ranging from 50 to more than 20,000 nanograms per cubic meter were detected. Anomalous concentrations of atomic mercury vapor in air may be classified as natural or man-made. Laboratory studies demonstrated that the mercury spectrometer is sensitive only to atomic mercury. By means of pyrolysis or combustion, organic compounds could be detected. To detect mercury pollution in water, pyrolysis appears necessary to convert combined mercury to the atomic state for measurement by rapid spectrophotometric techniques.