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2005-07-14 16:50:00

(Kingston, ON) "“ Seabirds are the surprising culprits in delivering pollutants "“ through their guano "“ to seemingly pristine northern ecosystems, a new Canadian study shows. The most common form of wildlife in the Arctic, seabirds are responsible for transporting most of the human-made contaminants to some coastal ecosystems, the researchers found. "The effect is to elevate concentrations of pollutants such as mercury and DDT to as much as 60 times that of areas not...

2005-07-14 13:05:35

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sea birds can spread pollutants such as mercury and pesticides across the Arctic in their droppings, Canadian researchers reported Thursday. The finding, published in the journal Science, surprised experts, who had presumed that the chemicals were being spread only by atmospheric winds. It could help explain the high levels of such pollutants found in the bodies of people living in and near the Arctic region, far from...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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