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Human health risk of heavy metals from consumption of whitefish, Mongolia

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 06/15/2014
End Date 06/30/2015
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 08/18/2014 11:46PM
Keywords whitefish, mongolia, heavy metals

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Faculty
  John Kennish

Student Researchers
  Sainshur Ganchuluun

Abstract

Mongolia is one of the fastest developing countries with substantial economic growth resulting from huge underground deposits of natural resources. Due to the development of these resources and the blooming mining industry, rivers and lakes have become polluted with mine waste and the water resources have been diverted. For example, the surface water inventory of 2007 revealed that in Mongolia, the number of dried up streams, lakes and springs had increased by 30 percent, compared to 2003. Heavy metal contamination, therefore, is a new and huge issue in Mongolia because such exposure to heavy metals can cause adverse health and environmental effects, This research project is designed to identify heavy metal content and concentrations in an aquatic ecosystem by focusing on the most common dietary fish, Whitefish or Coregonus species of Salmonidae family in order to assess the level of heavy metal exposure and the human health risk of fish consumption. Samples will be collected from the northern rivers in Huvsgul Province, and analysis will be completed at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology (ASET) Laboratory in the fall of 2014.

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