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Chemical Fingerprinting

UM doctoral candidate Laura Sherman collecting a precipitation sample at a study site in Florida. Sampling tripod includes funnels to collect precipitation and a tipping bucket rain gauge. Photo courtesy of James Barres

‘Fingerprinting’ Tracks Mercury Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plant

For the first time, the chemical “fingerprints” of the element mercury have been used by University of Michigan researchers to directly link environmental pollution to a specific coal-burning power plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/15/2011