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Anomalous Hg contents in soils of Niue Island, South Pacific

Neil E. Whitehead, John Barrie, Peter Rankin
Geochemical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 6, P. 371-378, 1990


Niue Island, a raised coralline atoll in the South Pacific, has soils that have long been known to have strongly anomalous radioactivity. We now show that there is also a highly anomalous Hg content in the soils. It is associated with the radioactivity and the goethite/gibbsite content and the values are as high as those in soils over known Hg-mineralisation in volcanic settings, though no mineralisation is known on Niue and such an occurrence on this coral island would be geochemically unusual.

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