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This project explored the relationship between sediment size, sediment composition and the concentration of mercury. The samples were taken from Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Knowledge and understanding of the binding ability of heavy metals, specifically mercury, will help to improve remediation efforts in the future. Analysis of elemental composition was conducted using the Elementar Analyzer and much troubleshooting of the instrument was necessary. End result of the project was the ability to work successfully with an advisor, as well as the ability to troubleshoot, operate and maintain the instrument.