Exploring the fate of Mercury in artisanal gold mining of the Lake Victoria Gold Field

Project Summary

This study will investigate quantitative and qualitative mercury availability in the environment surrounding artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) locations in Tanzania, where mercury contamination is of concern with regard to the health of community members and others who consume food products originating from the area. Although mercury contamination can be lessened by appropriate controls and proper handling methods, such measures are not routinely applied in Tanzania, where mercury has been documented in different environments and studies. Mercury can be transported away from emission sources by riverine systems to large water bodies like Lake Victoria.

Hosting Unit
Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education
Hosting Department
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Project Leader
Prof. Clavery Tungaraza
Funding Agency

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) ​​​​​​​

Project Status
Completed Project
Project Completion Date
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