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Distribution of radiocaesium in the soil-plant systems of upland areas of Europe

Livens, F.R; Singleton, D.L; Horrill, A.D.. 1991 Distribution of radiocaesium in the soil-plant systems of upland areas of Europe. Health Physics, 60 (4). 539-545.

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Abstract/Summary

The distribution and behavior of Cs in the soil-plant systems at some upland sites in Northeastern Italy, Scotland, and Norway have been investigated. From the limited range of samples taken, there appears to be no dominant physicochemical control on the plant availability of Cs. The presence of micaceous minerals or illitic clays does not significantly inhibit Cs uptake, either because of recycling in the organic surface horizons or because of clay-organic complex formation. Lower plants (bryophytes and lichens) show the highest Cs accumulation. Of the higher plants, ericaceous species take up Cs more than the others.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0017-9078
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 19 Mar 2013 10:20 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21308

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