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Sampling and measurement of transuranic elements in interstitial waters of sediments

Livens, F.R.; Horrill, A.D.; Singleton, D.L.. 1992 Sampling and measurement of transuranic elements in interstitial waters of sediments. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 43 (1-2). 361-369. 10.1016/0883-2889(92)90106-O

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Abstract/Summary

The construction and installation of porous cup soil solution samplers and their operation in a saltmarsh is described. Levels of transuranic contamination in the saltmarsh sediments are relatively high (up to 930 kBq m−2 for 241Am and 500 kBq m−2 for 239,240Pu), but levels in the interstitial, or sediment-pore, waters are low, generally in the range 1 to 50 mBqL−1. Both 241Am/239,240Pu ratios and concentrations of dissolved transuranic elements are affected by the degree of inundation of the sampling site. These parameters also vary over time in an apparently unpredictable manner. The Kd values (solid/solution distribution coefficients) for Pu and Am are comparable with those measured by other workers at this site.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/0883-2889(92)90106-O
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0883-2889
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 08 Mar 2013 14:27 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21298

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