Chemical associations of artificial radionuclides in Cumbrian soils

Livens, F.R.; Baxter, M.S.. 1988 Chemical associations of artificial radionuclides in Cumbrian soils. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 7 (1). 75-86.

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The distributions of radionuclides in the surface layer of four soils of contrasting types from west Cumbria, UK, have been studied in detail. All the soils contain enhanced levels of artificial radionuclides derived from low-level discharges both to sea and to atmosphere from the British Nuclear Fuels reprocessing plant at Sellafield. The bulk of the activity is held in the top 15 cm of soil profiles, suggesting that radionuclide mobility is limited. Sequential extraction experiments have identified major associations of plutonium with organic matter and of caesium with silicates but there is no preferential association of ruthenium with any single soil component.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 27 Mar 2013 16:11 +0 (UTC)

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