Mercury in Seaweed, Lichens and Mushrooms from the Home Range of the Qamanirjuaq Caribou

  • Year: 2018
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Qamanirjuaq caribou have higher mercury concentrations than many other Arctic caribou herds. Usually, caribou get most of their mercury from lichens, but local elders described the Qamanirjuaq caribou eating seaweed from the seashore. Since seaweed is known to accumulate some metals, it was hypothesized that the caribou may be getting additional mercury from this source.