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Researchers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have studied the way microbial action transforms mercury in waste water into more mobile, more toxic forms. The water treatment site surveyed, which was operational from 1936 to 1995, created a 3km plume of contaminants that were found to travel at about 200m a year through the aquifer to accumulate in a coastal saltwater pond.
William Bate Hardy, born on 6 April 1864, was a biologist and food scientist whose work also greatly advanced physical chemistry. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he later lectured in histology, colloid chemistry and biophysics.