Mercury, Water, PCB, DDT


  • Erica A. Gajewski York University



Beluga whales living in the St. Lawrence River estuary are so contaminated with toxins that their bodies, when they wash ashore, are treated as toxic waste. They are exposed to industrial pollution from the Great Lakes region, which empties into the St. Lawrence. Using chemical formulas and symbols for mercury, PCB, DDT, and water allowed me to depict the primary toxins found directly in this animal’s watery habitat. These chemical structures render scientific information and knowledge visible, which highlights the impact that we, as a species, have in the environment and the lives of other animals...

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How to Cite

Gajewski, E. A. (2017). Mercury, Water, PCB, DDT. UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, 20, 46–47.