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The Scientific Legacy of a City Poisoned by Mercury

A memorial to victims of mercury poisoning overlooking Minamata Bay.

Image: A memorial to victims of mercury poisoning overlooking Minamata Bay.

theatlantic.com - Joshua Sokol - September 27th 2017

Walking by the side of her house, Rimiko Yoshinaga points at the broad, vine-encrusted tree her grandfather used to climb. During one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, this tree stood over the calm, clear waters of the Shiranui Sea. He would perch up there and call down to say whether the fish were coming, Rimiko says.

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