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Patterns of mercury and selenium exposure in Minnesota common loons: Data

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2001-07-12
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2014-08-14

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Kevin Kenow, Richard Erickson, Travis Harrison, Steven Houdek, Bruce Monson, Amy Mustonen, Heidi Rantala, and Wayne Brininger, 2019, Patterns of mercury and selenium exposure in Minnesota common loons: Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9TDCH3F.

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The concentrations of selected metals (mercury [Hg], lead, cadmium, selenium [Se], and aluminum) were determined in common loon (Gavia immer) blood samples collected from across a broad area of Minnesota. The observed pattern of loon Hg exposure was related to Hg concentrations in a standardized 12-cm whole organism yellow perch (Perca flavescens), based on fish Hg records from lakes throughout Minnesota, using the U.S. Geological Survey National Descriptive Model for Mercury in Fish.

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Common loon blood samples were collected and analyzed to provide baseline information on patterns of Hg and Se exposure across the breeding range in Minnesota. Loon blood Hg concentrations were related to fish Hg and water quality data that was obtained by the state of Minnesota.

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