Mercury Methylation and Sulfur Cycling in NE Minnesota Streams

This page contains links to studies conducted by or for the DNR - Division of Lands and Minerals, Reclamation Section. These reports relate to methyl mercury and sulfur cycling in NE Minnesota streams and in the St. Louis River estuary. Please also see reports on DNR studies of mercury in taconite stack emissions.

  • Bailey, L. et al. 2014a. Geochemical factors influencing methylmercury production and partitioning in sulfate-impacted lake sediments. University of Minnesota Duluth Research Report, 63 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Bailey, L. et al. 2014b. Seasonal and spatial variation in methylmercury in the water column of sulfate-impacted lakes. University of Minnesota Duluth Research Report, 64 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Berndt, M.E. and Bavin, T.K., 2009. Sulfate and mercury chemistry of the St. Louis River in Northeastern Minnesota: A Report to the Minerals Coordinating Committee. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals, St. Paul, MN, 83 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Berndt, M.E. and Bavin, T.K., 2011. Sulfate and Mercury Cycling in Five Wetlands and a Lake Receiving Sulfate from Taconite Mines in Northeastern Minnesota: A Report to Iron Ore Cooperative Research Program., Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals, St. Paul, MN, 77p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Berndt, M.E. and Bavin, T.K., 2012a. Methylmercury and dissolved organic carbon relationships in a wetland-rich watershed impacted by elevated sulfate from mining. Environmental Pollution 161, 321-327. This link leads to an external site.
  • Berndt, M.E. and Bavin, T.K., 2012b. On the cycling of sulfur and mercury in the St. Louis River watershed, northeastern Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. An Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund Final Report. 91 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Jeremiason, J. et al. 2014a. Dragonfly larvae as bioindicators of methylmercury contamination in aquatic systems impacted by elevated sulfate loading. Gustavus Adolphus College Research Report. 24 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Jeremiason, J. et al. 2014b. Binding of methylmercury to dissolved organic matter. Gustavus Adolphus College Research Report. 23 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Jeremiason, J. et al. 2014c. Methylmercury photodegradation: Laboratory and field studies in the St. Louis River. Gustavus Adolphus College Research Report. 17 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Johnson, N. W. and Beck, B. F., 2013. Sulfur and carbon controls on methyl mercury in St. Louis River Estuary sediments Phase II. University of Minnesota Duluth Research Report. 48 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Johnson, N. W. and Zhu, X., 2012. Carbon and iron additions to stimulate in-pit sulfate reduction and removal. University of Minnesota Duluth Research Report. 35 pages. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Johnson, N. W. et al. 2014. Methylmercury production and transport in a sulfate-impacted sub-boreal wetland. University of Minnesota Duluth Research Report. 55 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Kelly, M., et al. 2014. Use of sulfate and water isotopes to improve water and chemical balance estimates for water seeping from tailings basins (focus on US Steel’s Minntac Basin). A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Research Report. 31 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Theriault, S.A., 2011. Mineralogy, Spatial Distribution, and Isotope Geochemistry of Sulfide Minerals in the Biwabik Iron Formation, Geology. University of Minnesota, 165 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Von Korff, B. and Bavin, T., 2014. Short term sulfate release rates and sulfide oxidation mechanisms for taconite tailings from the Minntac and Keetac mining facilities. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Research Report. 48 p. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.