Minamata | engleski leksikon

1. Minamata


Japanese town, site of an ecological disaster 1953–56, where 43 people died after eating fish poisoned with dimethyl mercury. The poison had been released as effluent from a local plastics factory, and became concentrated in the flesh of sea organisms. Many townspeople suffered long-terms effects, including paralysis, tremors, paralysis and brain damage.
The mercury was released as a stable mercury compound but was converted to methyl mercury by anaerobic bacteria in the sediments at the bottom of the bay.

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