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Table 1 Concentrations of various contaminants [Mean (Min-Max, n] divided on tissues in East Greenland polar bears sampled 1999-2002. All data are in ng/g lw except for nPCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs (pg/g lw), PFCs (ng/g ww) and mercury (µg/g ww). Reworked from Sonne (2010).

From: Two decades of biomonitoring polar bear health in Greenland: a review

  Subcutaneous adipose tissue Liver Kidney Brain Blood
Lipid-% 88 11 - 21 1.3
∑PCB 6,543 (897-20,407, 92) 28,409 (12,836-67,664, 20) - 148-2,186 (20) 538-15,692 (20)
HCB 102 (2.4-785, 92) 109 (20) - 15 (20) 28 (20)
∑HCH 194 (13-818, 92) 67 (20) - 15 (20) 12-146 (20)
Dieldrin 204 (26-866, 92) 4,900 (20) - - -
∑Chlordane 1,414 (243-7,465, 92) 37,400 (20) - 62 (20) 531 (20)
∑DDT 436 (73-1,580, 92) <0.1-476 (20) - ND 12-1,769 (20)
∑PBDE 70 (22-192, 92) 127-936 (20) - <0.5-36 (20) 38-146 (20)
∑PFC - 1,056-8,010 (29) - - -
n PCB 241 (125-442, 5) 124 (114-148, 5) - - -
∑PCDD 10 (7-12, 5) 20 (8-38, 5) - - -
∑PCDF 4 (3-5, 5) 14 (10-18, 5) - - -
∑OH/MeSO2-PCB 90-3134 (20) 1,882-18,018 (20) - 66-352 (20) 29,692-226,154 (20)
∑OH/MeSO2-PBDE <0.3-39 (20) <0.5 (20) - <0.5 (20) <0.5-1,060 (20)
∑MeSO2-p,p’-DDE 9 (20) 482 (20) - - 769 (20)
Mercury - 11 (1-36, 59) 14 (1-50, 57) 0.4 (0.1-0.9, 82) -