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MERCURY FROM OCEAN KILLING MTN LIONS IN CALIFORNIA(APPEARS TO BE GENERATED BY VOLCANIC ACTION)

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Santa
Cruz mountain lions found with elevated levels of mercury linked to
coastal fog, study finds

The
Central Coast’s marine fog is bringing more than cool temperatures. A
new study shows there is mercury in the fog that is linked to
elevated levels of mercury in mountain lions. “We admire
mountain lions, we fear mountain lions, they are our competition with
us in some ways because they will eat livestock. But we depend on
there being mountain lions,” said Peter Weiss-Penzias, associate
researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The study was
published Tuesday by researchers at UC Santa Cruz, including its lead
author, Weiss-Penzias, who is an environmental toxicologist. The
study discovered high levels of mercury in mountain lions from the
Santa Cruz Mountains. The neurotoxin is coming out of the ocean
through a process that happens in the deep ocean involving mercury.
“Comes out of the ocean, into the atmosphere where the fog acts
as a stabilizing medium to absorb the mercury and waft over to land,”
Weiss-Penzias said.

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