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Mercury Emissions by Continent By weight, coal does not contain much mercury, but we burn a lot of it. Several industries besides coal-fired power plants contribute substantially to atmospheric mercury pollution. FIGURE 2.13 shows mercury emissions by industry from different regions of the world in 2010.

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FIGURE 2.13 Global mercury emissions by sector, 2010.

About how many metric tons of mercury were released from metal production in Asia?

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To determine: The amount of mercury released from metal production in Asia.

Introduction: Mercury is a toxic element and is naturally found in water, air, and soil. It is released in the environment through weathering of rocks, volcanic activity, and human activity. Human activity is mainly responsible for the mercury releases especially burning of coal in coal-fired power stations, domestic uses, waste incinerators, industries, fossil fuels, and mining of metals.

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