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Ducks in Unalaska getting mercury from local mussels, study shows
By Yereth Rosen
The Aleutian Islands, though far away from the world's industrial centers, are no sanctuary from mercury contamination. Newly published research adds ducks on Unalaska Island to a list of Aleutian animals showing elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
The study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, found that harlequin ducks in Unalaska, the biggest Aleutian community, have been picking up mercury from the blue mussels they eat.
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