Metals and Metalloids

Metals are ubiquitous in the environment. Some are even essential for life processes. Metals could have harmful effects to humans and ecosystems under certain conditions. Metals have long been studied at SETAC and so has the mining industry. Recently, deep-sea mining (mining of minerals and deposits from the ocean floor) has gained some attention.


SETAC has a long history with assisting intergovernmental organizations involved in mercury work. SETAC joined the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership in 2010 to support the Minamata Convention on Mercury.  In 2016, SETAC managed the development of the Central Mercury Knowledge Platform within the Environment Live database for the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  

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SETAC Library

Selenium 34 Se 78.96

Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination: Indicators of Change 

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