As many members of the Mercury Australia team have previously found, many waterways around the world are experiencing increasing levels of mercury. High mercury levels in waterways lead to dire environmental and public health consequences.
Natural archives can be used to reconstruct the trends of mercury (Hg) fluxes over temporal and spatial scales. However, the majority of studies have been carried out in the Northern Hemisphere, with only a small
Australia is rich in most minerals but not cinnabar (mercuric sulphide, HgS). The Australian continent features similar geological settings to the main historical mercury-producing regions in Spain (Almaden), Slovenia (Idria) and California (New Almaden and