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  1. 137Cs metabolism during pregnancy

    Data from two pregnant women contaminated with 137 Cs, body burdens of 0.2 and 300 MBq, respectively, at the time of the Goiania accident, were compared. The first one, with lower 137 Cs body burden was exposed during the fourth month of pregnancy, while the second became pregnant three years and eight months after 137 Cs intake. For the first woman 137 Cs concentrations were similar for the mother, infant and placenta, indicating an easy and homogeneous transport of 137 Cs from mother to fetus. The whole-body monitoring data from the second woman, who became pregnant four years after intake, did not show a reduction in biological half-life during the pregnancy. Cs concentration in the mother was found to be 13 times higher than in the infant. One possible reason for this result is that four after intake. Cs is supposed to be concentrated mainly in skeletal muscle tissue. During the pregnancy the blood flux becomes higher in most of organs and tissues except brain, liver and skeletal muscle tissue. In this case, the physiological changes due to pregnancy did not modify the cesium retention. (author)

  2. 137Cs in freshwater fish in Finland

    The paper deals with an evaluation of the importance of Finnish freshwater fish as a source of 137Cs in the diet. Freshwater fish were analysed for 137Cs in 1982. The 137Cs concentration factors from water to edible fish were determined for the same year. The evaluation is based on an extensive surface water investigation performed from 1965 to 1967. Along with the continuous fallout monitoring since the beginning of the 1960'es, this material makes it possible to valuate the 137Cs levels in surface water right up to the 1980'es. In 1982 the Finns received an average of 90 Bq 137Cs from freshwater fish. This dose constitutes a quarter of the 137Cs uptake from the total food consumtion in Finland in 1982

  3. 137Cs in northern Adriatic sediments

    The activity of 137Cs in shallow northern Adriatic sediments was obtained on the basis of measurement results from 25 sediment box cores, sampled during the Adriatic Scientific COoperation Program (ASCOP) 16 cruise in the summer 1990. 137Cs was determined in surface sediments (0-3 cm) and 12-15 cm-deep sediment. It was found that the lowest caesium concentrations correspond to sands, which are spread along the Croatian coast. Parallel to the Italian coast, 137Cs concentrations in pelites are the highest. It seems that the influence of Po River is significant for 137Cs activities in recent marine sediments along Italian coast south of Po River delta. Significantly higher 137Cs activities in 0-3 cm sediment layer can be attributed to the deposition caused by Chernobyl accident. (author)

  4. Desorption of 137Cs+ from mosses

    OLGICA NEDIC

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Mosses are biomonitors that accumulate large amounts of various pollutants, including radionuclides. In this work we investigated the possibility of 137Cs extraction from mosses, as well as the significance of species specificity on the efficiency of 137Cs desorption. Salt and acid solutions were used as extraction media. It was shown that a 5 % solution of both ammonium oxalate and phosphoric acid was able to desorb 81.8 % of 137Cs+ from Homalothecium sericeum, which was 39.9 % more than desorption from water. At the same time, most of the desorbed 137Cs+ was incorporated in crystals that precipitated from the solution. An interspecies difference in respect to 137Cs+ desorption was noticed.

  5. Biokinetic model for 137 Cs

    The main objective of this work was to provide a realistic biokinetic model for 137 Cs metabolism. This model was based on the retention of cesium in 57 people contaminated in the Goiania accident, ages 1 to 73 y old, complemented by data obtained in an experiment with beagle dogs, and data taken from the open literature. Cesium is distributed among all tissues and organs of the body. Its main retention site is the skeletal muscle tissue. Mathematically, cesium retention in the body may be described by a sum of three terms exponential equation. The first term represents the fraction which is rapidly eliminated in urine. This fraction is weight dependent (negative correlation). The second term represents the retention of cesium in tissues and organs of the body. For children and adolescents, the second term biological half-life is a function of the weight. For adults, it is correlated with sex. Men present a higher retention of cesium than women. The third term correspond to a retention fraction of the order of 0,1% of the initial body burden. It is characterized by a very long half-life and represents a subcellular retention of cesium in the skeletal muscle tissue. During pregnancy the transfer factor from the mother to the fetus is correlated to the amount of cesium in the blood and it is equal to 1, if the intake of cesium occurs pregnancy. (author)

  6. 137Cs concentration in stingray (Dasyatis akajei)

    137Cs, which is of great interest and importance as an indicator of radioactive pollution in marine environments, is one of the long-lived artificial radio-nuclides introduced by the atmospheric deposition of debris from nuclear explosions mainly before 1962. For the estimation of effects of the effluents from nuclear facilities, it is necessary to know the natural variations in the concentration of 137Cs and factors affecting variations in marine organisms. We observed positive correlation between growth and 137Cs in 4 species among 14 major teleost species from fishing grounds along the coast of Japan. No increase in 137Cs concentration with increase of growth was observed in 2 species. In the remaining species no specific correlation is observed. These differences in the patterns were dependent on a change of feed habits with growth. As little is known of the 137Cs concentration in selachian we have investigated the natural variations of 137Cs in stingray. The correlation between growth and the concentration of 137Cs in stingray will be discussed. (author)

  7. Transfer of 137Cs into mother's milk

    The concern of nursing mothers about the contamination of foodstuffs after Chernobyl prompted this investigation of radiocaesium transfer to mother's milk. Between May 1987 and December 1988, duplicates of daily food intakes, as well as the corresponding mothers' milk samples, were collected from 12 nursing mothers for two to four weeks in order to measure the 137Cs activity. Once during the collection period, the total-body activity of each of the mothers involved was measured. Based on our results, 137Cs is transferred into mother's milk not only directly from food intake but also from the accumulated body burden. Approximately 19% of the 137Cs activity from the daily food intake and about 13% of the specific 137Cs body activity of the mother are transferred into 1 litre of mother's milk. (author)

  8. Spatial 137Cs distribution in forest soil

    This work presents the distribution of radioactive caesium in several types of forest soil originating from the Lesisko reserve (Opole Province, Poland). Vertical distribution of 137Cs isotope was determined in the profiles related to physicochemical properties of different types of soils and their location. Thickness of emerging genetic horizons, structure and morphology of soil profiles were determined. The highest 137Cs activities were found in Of and A horizons. At the same time, there was a sudden drop of 137Cs activity in mineral horizons of soil profiles. By analysis of caesium radioisotope content and its distribution in soil profiles significant correlations were observed between certain physicochemical properties (e.g. pH value, hydrolytic acidity, granulometric composition) of soils in selected forest habitats. (author)

  9. Radiochemical determination of 137Cs in foods

    A determination of radionuclides in food samples is important in commodities in order to attend to regulatory requirements for international trade. As a long-lived radioisotope of cesium, 137Cs is produced as a result of human nuclear activities and than its contamination level evaluation among others radionuclides in foods is necessary. A methodology for the determination of 137Cs in foods, pork and fish, is described. The procedures covered homogenization and freeze-drying of the samples. The 137Cs was measured by gamma spectrometry using Canberra 50% HPGe detector. The counting was carried out with Monte Carlo software for detection conditions optimization including geometry and chemical data information. A certified sample, SRM IAEA-375, was analyzed in order to evaluate the reliability of the method, and the results showed good agreement between the measured and certified values. (author)

  10. 137Cs metabolism in pregnant women

    Data from two pregnant women contaminated with 137Cs, body burdens of 0.2 and 300 MBq, respectively at the time of the Goiania accident, were compared. The first one, with lower body burden was exposed during the fourth month of pregnancy, while the second became pregnant three years and eight months after 137Cs intake. For the first woman 137Cs concentrations were equal for the mother, infant and placenta, indicating an easy and homogeneous transport of 137Cs from mother to foetus. The whole body monitoring data from the second woman, who became pregnant four years after intake, did not show a reduction in biological half-life during the pregnancy. Cs concentration in the mother was found to be 13 times higher than in the infant. One possible reason for this result is that four years after intake, Cs is supposed to be concentrated mainly in skeletal muscle tissue. During the pregnancy the blood flux becomes higher in most of the organs and tissues except brain, liver and skeletal muscle tissue. (author)

  11. 137Cs in forest ecosystems in Estonia

    Full text: In the recently published 'Europe's Environment' (1995) one can find the map on 137Cs cumulative deposition in Europe after the Chernobyl accident (source: De Corte et al., 1990). On this map most of the Eastern Europe including Baltic Sea region is practically uncovered. In this reason we decided to present data on accumulation of 137Cs in the forest ecosystems in Estonia. Field sampling for current study has been conducted in 1986 - 1994. 137Cs concentrations were measured in different compartments of model trees, ground vegetation layers, debris and topsoil. The amount of 137Cs varied from 1.9 kBq/m2 in continental Estonia to 28.8 kBq/m2 in north-eastern Ne part of Estonia. The results obtained correspond to data presented in Wahlstroem et al., (1992) for Finland. According to the 'Europe's Environment' criteria northeastern Estonia belongs to the third cumulative deposition zone (10 to 32 kBq/m2). In Estonia the total deposition of 137Cs varies in the range from practically zero to 3.9 kBq/m2 . The calculations of Realo et al. (1994) back to May 1, 1986 gave figures from 0 to 21 kBq/m2. In macro lichens Cetraria, Cladina, Cladonia the rapid changes in 137Cs concentrations were observed: 0.06 - 0.18 kBq/kg in 1982-85, 0.93 - 6.23 kBq/kg in 1986-87, 0.27 -4.26 kBq/kg in 1988-89, 0.05 - 1.46 kBq/kg in 1990-91 and, finally, 0.03 - 0.46 kBq/kg in 1993-94. At the end of the observation period average value of the 137Cs concentrations was the same as maximum before the CRA and decline of the concentrations was 4 times during six years. Average concentrations of 137Cs in two common forest mosses Pleurozium shreberi and Hylocomium splendens was 0.43 kBq/kg of dry matter and in forest debris 0.38 kBq/kg. In 1986 the highest concentration in mushrooms - 16.6 kBq/kg was found in Lactarius sp. (Martin, L., et al., 1991). In 1991 samples of 41 different mushroom species from 63 sample sites mostly in Scots pine stands were analyzed. The highest concentration of

  12. Biological effects of 137Cs, incorporated into organism of rats

    Results of investigating mutagenous and hemotoxic effects of 137Cs on blood lymphocytes of rats are presented. 137Cs was orally administrated into organism of rats as 270 kBq/g chloride solution. 137Cs mutagenous effect was studied on metaphase plates of rat blood lymphocytes in course of rats lifetime experiment. It is stated that 137Cs inducing severe disturbances of genetic material in a great quantity of blood lymphocytes, causes their total killing

  13. Quantitative Model for Estimating Soil Erosion Rates Using 137Cs

    YANGHAO; GHANGQING; 等

    1998-01-01

    A quantitative model was developed to relate the amount of 137Cs loss from the soil profile to the rate of soil erosion,According th mass balance model,the depth distribution pattern of 137Cs in the soil profile ,the radioactive decay of 137Cs,sampling year and the difference of 137Cs fallout amount among years were taken into consideration.By introducing typical depth distribution functions of 137Cs into the model ,detailed equations for the model were got for different soil,The model shows that the rate of soil erosion is mainly controlled by the depth distrbution pattern of 137Cs ,the year of sampling,and the percentage reduction in total 137Cs,The relationship between the rate of soil loss and 137Cs depletion i neither linear nor logarithmic,The depth distribution pattern of 137Cs is a major factor for estimating the rate of soil loss,Soil erosion rate is directly related with the fraction of 137Cs content near the soil surface. The influences of the radioactive decay of 137Cs,sampling year and 137Cs input fraction are not large compared with others.

  14. Reactive barriers for 137Cs retention

    137Cs was dispersed globally by cold war activities and, more recently, by the Chernobyl accident. Engineered extraction of 137Cs from soils and groundwaters is exceedingly difficult. Because the half life of 137Cs is only 30.2 years, remediation might be more effective (and less costly) if 137Cs bioavailability could be demonstrably limited for even a few decades by use of a reactive barrier. Essentially permanent isolation must be demonstrated in those few settings where high nuclear level wastes contaminated the environment with 135Cs (half life 2.3x106 years) in addition to 137Cs. Clays are potentially a low-cost barrier to Cs movement, though their long-term effectiveness remains untested. To identify optimal clays for Cs retention Cs resorption was measured for five common clays: Wyoming Montmorillonite (SWy-1), Georgia Kaolinites (KGa-1 and KGa-2), Fithian Illite (F-Ill), and K-Metabentonite (K-Mbt). Exchange sites were pre-saturated with 0.16 M CsCl for 14 days and readily exchangeable Cs was removed by a series of LiNO3 and LiCl washes. Washed clay were then placed into dialysis bags and the Cs release to the deionized water outside the bags measured. Release rates from 75 to 139 days for SWy-1, K-Mbt and F- 111 were similar; 0.017 to 0.021% sorbed Cs released per day. Both kaolinites released Cs more rapidly (0.12 to 0.05% of the sorbed Cs per day). In a second set of experiments, clays were doped for 110 days and subjected to an extreme and prolonged rinsing process. All the clays exhibited some capacity for irreversible Cs uptake so most soils have some limited ability to act as a natural barrier to Cs migration. However, the residual loading was greatest on K-Mbt (∼ 0.33 wt% Cs). Thus, this clay would be the optimal material for constructing artificial reactive barriers

  15. Separation of 137Cs from nuclear waste

    Sodium zirconate is one member of a family of new inorganic ion exchange materials which have high affinity for all actinides and fission product cations except for Cs+. A combination of cold, tracer and high level liquid waste experiments with sodium zirconate has shown that 70 to 80 and 80 to 100% of the Cs+ in high level liquid waste remains in solution following batch or column equilibration, respectively. The fact that 137Cs can be obtained in relatively pure form permits subsequent conversion directly to an insoluble radiation source. This is of prime importance in areas such as sewage sludge sterilization via γ-ray irradiation. (author)

  16. Fallout 137Cs in soils from North Western Libya

    Fallout levels of 137Cs in surface soil from North Western Libya have been measured using gamma-ray spectrometry. The activity concentrations of 137Cs in soil ranged from 975 to 1720 mBq x kg-1. The areal activity concentrations ranged from 1300 to 2250 mBq x m-2, and were highly correlated with annual precipitation. The effective dose from external exposure to 137Cs is found to be 3 nSv x y-1. (author)

  17. Putative bioindicator of 137Cs in Perna viridis

    Green lipid mussels (Perna viridis L.) are utilized as bioindicators and bioconcentrators not only for marine radionuclide contamination but also for heavy metal bioaccumulation. Depurated P. viridis were incubated in 137Cs-spiked aquarium for 4 days. Soluble protein fractions of soft tissue obtained were electrophoresed (SDS-PAGE) to determine the exposure effects of 137Cs on P. viridis. Results showed the presence of a 154-kDa protein in 137Cs-spiked samples which could be a potential bioindicator of 137Cs in P. viridis. Other differences involving two more proteins (∼94-kDa and∼61 KDa) are reported. (Author)

  18. Speciation of 137Cs in the Baltic sea water

    A possibility of application of Filtrac 391 and Nuclepore filters, Ky-2-8-C exchanger and the Mtilon-T fiber impregnated with Fe, Co, Ni ferrocyanides for separation of particulate and ionic 137Cs in the sea water was investigated. Physico-chemical forms of 137Cs were investigated in the Baltic Sea water during 1995-1997. It was determined that 137Cs was mainly present in ionic form (62-93 %) both in the near-shore and open waters. Concentration of particulate 137Cs ranged from 255 to 625 Bq/kg (dry weight).The distribution coefficient (Kd) of radiocaesium reached values of 2100-9700. (author)

  19. Mechanisms of 137Cs migration in coniferous forest soils

    Field and laboratory studies demonstrate two processes involved in 137Cs migration in coniferous forest soil. The data illustrate that the effects of leaching and litter accumulation combine, over the time interval since deposition, to achieve the observed distribution of 137Cs in the soil profile. Today, under normal field conditions the rate of 137Cs leaching from forest humus is low and even extreme environmental conditions do not increase greatly the extent of 137Cs mobilisation by leaching. A three-phase model of 137Cs migration in the organic horizons of coniferous forest soils is proposed. The phases are discrete but at any point in time the behaviour of some portion of deposited 137Cs will be characteristic of one of the three phases. In the first phase 137Cs intercepted by the canopy is washed to the forest floor where a proportion (20-40% is reported) rapidly percolates through the organic horizons reaching the underlying soil; the remainder is retained in the organic horizons. In the second phase, which our study estimates to last about 5 years, the 137Cs contained within the Ol and Of horizons moves to the Oh horizon. Accumulation of relatively uncontaminated litter on top of the Ol horizon contributes to this migration, while 137Cs mobilised from the Ol and Of horizons by decomposition is leached to the Oh horizon. The 137Cs which reaches the Oh horizon, either by leaching or by decomposition and burial, enters the third phase in which the pace of migration is greatly reduced. Decomposition is slowest in the Oh horizon and the accumulation and turnover of Oh material is also very slow. At the site investigated in this study the bulk of the deposited 137Cs is in this third phase and we suggest that this phase will persist for many years to come

  20. Cumulative deposition of 137Cs in the soil of Korea

    The cumulative deposition of 137Cs in the soil of Korea has been studied. Using γ-ray spectrometry, the concentrations of 137Cs were determined for the soil samples collected to a depth of 20 cm. The average accumulated depositions of 137Cs were estimated roughly to be 2,501 ±499 Bq m-2 in the forest and 1,058 ±322 Bq m-2 in the hill. The inventory value of 137Cs in the forest is about two times higher than that in the hill. Except for some cases, the concentrations of 137Cs in the undisturbed soils decreased exponentially with increasing the soil depth. The influences of rainfall, organic matter content, clay content and pH on the deposition of 137Cs were studied using the field method. Among these factors, the organic matter content played the most important role in the retention and relative mobility of 137Cs in the soil. The other factors such as rainfall, clay content and pH showed weak correlation with the deposition of 137Cs in the soil

  1. Sediment environmental capacity of 137Cs in Daya Bay

    ZHANG Junli; CHEN Jiajun; XU Jialin; LI Yuanxin; HUANG Naiming

    2007-01-01

    Sediment environmental capacity of pollutants is very important for marine environmental management.Based on the methodology of a study on water,soil environmental capacity,and mass conservation theory in a system,the concept and model on sediment environmental capacity for 137Cs in Daya Bay were developed.The static capacity for 137Cs in the upper sediment near the shore at a shallow area was calculated,and the annual dynamic capacity and total dynamic capacity were also calculated through determination of the typical biomass in the sediment.The results showed that the estimated environmental capacity for 137Cs in sediments was approximately equal to the current input of 137Cs into the sediments.Controlling the input of 137Cs in the sediments within the environmental capacity guarantees the sustainability of the current situation of the Daya Bay ecosystem and avoidance of a significant degradation of the system.

  2. {sup 137}Cs accumulation in coastal sediments in Sweden

    Pettersson, H.B.L.; Salih, I. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics; Herrmann, J. [Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Hamburg (Germany)

    2005-09-15

    Seabed sediment samples were collected in 1998, 2000 and 2001 at 20 sites located in the Baltic Sea and 4 sites in the Skagerrak. The objectives of the sampling campaigns were (i) to establish the coastal sediment distribution of {sup 137}Cs, (ii) to evaluate the vertical core distribution of {sup 137}Cs, (iii) to study the sediment accumulation rates, and (iv) to assess the sediment inventories of {sup 137}Cs. The results show a very high variation in {sup 137}Cs concentrations and an almost 100-fold difference in inventories, showing predominance of Chernobyl derived {sup 137}Cs in the Baltic Proper compared to the western Baltic and the Skagerrak areas. Sediment accumulation rates were highly dependent on sediment types and ranged from 0.05 to 1.8 cm/y.

  3. Evaluating gully erosion using 137Cs and 210Pb/137Cs ratio in a reservoir catchment

    Water erosion in the hilly areas of west China is the main process contributing to the overall sediment of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. The impact of gully erosion in total sediment output has been mostly neglected. Our objective was to assess the sediment production and sediment sources at both the hillslope and catchment scales in the Yangjuangou reservoir catchment of the Chinese Loess Plateau, northwest China. Distribution patterns in sediment production caused by water erosion on hills and gully slopes under different land use types were assessed using the fallout 137Cs technique. The total sediment production from the catchment was estimated by using the sediment record in a reservoir. Sediment sources and dominant water erosion processes were determined by comparing 137Cs activities and 210Pb/137Cs ratios in surface soils and sub-surface soils with those of sediment deposits from the reservoir at the outlet of the catchment. Results indicated that landscape location had the most significant impact on sediment production for cultivated hillslopes, followed by the terraced hillslope, and the least for the vegetated hillslope. Sediment production increased in the following order: top>upper>lower>middle for the cultivated hillslope, and top>lower>upper>middle for the terraced hillslope. The mean value of sediment production declined by 49% for the terraced hillslope and by 80% for the vegetated hillslope compared with the cultivated hillslope. Vegetated gully slope reduced the sediment production by 38% compared with the cultivated gully slope. These data demonstrate the effectiveness of terracing and perennial vegetation cover in controlling sediment delivery at a hillslope scale. Averaged 137Cs activities and 210Pb/137Cs ratios in the 0-5 cm surface soil (2.22-4.70 Bq kg-1 and 20.70-22.07, respectively) and in the 5-30 cm subsoil (2.60 Bq kg-1 and 28.57, respectively) on the cultivated hills and gully slopes were close to those of the deposited

  4. 137Cs in the western South Pacific Ocean

    The 137Cs activities were determined for seawater samples from the East Caroline, Coral Sea, New Hebrides, South Fiji and Tasman Sea (two stations) Basins of the western South Pacific Ocean by γ spectrometry using a low background Ge detector. The 137Cs activities ranged from 1.4 to 2.3 Bq m-3 over the depth interval 0-250 m and decreased exponentially from the subsurface to 1000 m depth. The distribution profiles of 137Cs activity at these six western South Pacific Ocean stations did not differ from each other significantly. There was a remarkable difference for the vertical profiles of 137Cs activity between the East Caroline Basin station in this study and the GEOSECS (Geochemical Ocean Sections Study) station at the same latitude in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean; the 137Cs inventory over the depth interval 100-1000 m increased from 400 ± 30 Bq m-2 to 560 ± 30 Bq m-2 during the period from 1973 to 1992. The total 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean ranged from 850 ± 70 Bq m-2 in the Coral Sea Basin to 1270 ± 90 Bq m-2 in the South Fiji Basin. Higher 137Cs inventories were observed at middle latitude stations in the subtropical gyre than at low latitude stations. The 137Cs inventories were 1.9-4.5 times (2.9 ± 0.7 on average) and 1.7-4.3 times (3.1 ± 0.7 on average) higher than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout at the same latitude and that of the estimated 137Cs deposition density in 10o latitude by 10 deg. longitude grid data obtained by Aoyama et al. [Aoyama M, Hirose K, Igarashi Y. Re-construction and updating our understanding on the global weapons tests 137Cs fallout. J Environ Monit 2006;8:431-438], respectively. The possible processes for higher 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout may be attributable to the inter-hemisphere dispersion of the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing 137Cs from the northern

  5. 137Cs contaminated waste disposal in cement factory: Environmental problems

    In the course of utilization (May-June '91) of aluminum slags polluted by 137Cs at the cement factory Presacementi in Robilante (Cuneo, Italy) and during the following months, samples were taken in particular points of the plant, at fixed frequencies. Samples were analyzed to determine 137Cs concentration. Collected data were used to study the behaviour of the element throughout the process. Emissions and ground level air concentrations were estimated from the available data. Contamination of the manufactured cement were monitored until negligible values of 137Cs concentration were attained

  6. Accumulation of 137Cs in puddle sediments within urban ecosystem

    The role of puddle sediments as a final depot of 137Cs horizontal migration within the urban landscape is studied using the example of Ekaterinburg city, Russia. Radioactive contamination in the city appeared due to fallout after atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons and nuclear accidents. Contamination density of 137Cs in the region was assessed from archive data to be about 5.1 kBq/m2, of which the maximum activity concentration (137Cs activity concentration in puddle sediments of 80 Bq/kg, with a maximum value of 540 Bq/kg. It is estimated that horizontal migration has led to about a fourfold concentration of 137Cs in puddle sediments.

  7. Long-term behaviour of 137Cs in Finnish lakes

    Deposition of 137Cs from Chernobyl accident was unevenly distributed in Finland. This caused large variation to contents of 137Cs in freshwater fish in Finnish lakes. In the course of time environmental processes like runoff, water flow, hydrological cycling, sedimentation and chemical parameters as e.g., K of lake water, topography of the catchment affect the transfer of 137Cs in water sheds. Most of the Finnish lakes are deficient in nutrients and hence the accumulation of 137Cs into fishes is high. High amount of humic substances is also typical of Finnish lakes. About 6000 freshwater fish samples from 350 Finnish lakes have been analysed for 137Cs in 1986-2003. Sampling was focused on the central parts of Finland with highest deposition of 137Cs, but samples from other areas were also analysed. Large lakes, most important for freshwater fishing in Finland, and small oligotrophic lakes, in which the highest contents of 137Cs were expected to be found, were included in the study. Variation range of 137Cs in fish was still in 2003 large, from 5 Bq/kg to 5000 Bq/kg (fresh weight). Water samples from about 30 lakes were taken in 1998 and 2002 and analysed for 137Cs. Contents of 137Cs in lake waters varied then from 4 to 330 Bq/m3. During the first years after the deposition in 1986, the amount of the deposited 137Cs in the lake was the dominant factor on the distribution of 137Cs in fish and surface water. Later study on regional behaviour of 137Cs in fish revealed differences in decrease rates in the large drainage areas [2]. Temporal changes of 137Cs in water and especially in fish in individual lakes of various types, even in those located close to each other, differ still much. Transfer coefficients of 137Cs from the deposition to water, TFw (Bq/m3 in water/kBq/m2 deposited) of the lakes included in this study varied from 0,40 to 8,7 in 1998. Transfer factors from the deposition to various species of fish from various lakes, TFf (Bq/kg in fish / Bq/m2), varied

  8. /sup 137/Cs radioactive dating of Lake Ontario sediment cores

    Ward, T.E.; Breeden, J.; Komisarcik, K.; Porter, R.; Czuczwa, J.; Kaminski, R.; McVeety, B.D.

    1987-12-01

    The distribution of /sup 137/Cs in sediment cores from Lake Ontario provides estimates of the sediment accumulation rates. Geochronology with /sup 210/Pb dating and distribution of Ambrosia (ragweed) pollen compare well with /sup 137/Cs dating. These methods can determine with precision, changes in sedimentation occurring over the past 100 years or so. Typical sedimentation rates of 0.18-0.36 cm/yr were measured. 16 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. 137Cs radioactive dating of Lake Ontario sediment cores

    The distribution of 137Cs in sediment cores from Lake Ontario provides estimates of the sediment accumulation rates. Geochronology with 210Pb dating and distribution of Ambrosia (ragweed) pollen compare well with 137Cs dating. These methods can determine with precision, changes in sedimentation occurring over the past 100 years or so. Typical sedimentation rates of 0.18-0.36 cm/yr were measured. 16 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Migratory capacity of 137Cs in water-containing rocks

    The effects of a number of physicochemical and hydrogeologic factors (sorption capacity of rocks, mechanisms of cesium absorption by these, chemical composition of underground waters) on 137 Cs migration in the case of radioactive contamination of underground water in areas of location of atomic power stations have been studied. Approximate equations of ion-exchange sorption may be applied for predicting 137 Cs migration in rocks within the aeration zone and in water-bearing horizons

  11. Estimation of erosion rate using natural isotop 137Cs

    The investigation of erosion rate using natural isotope 137Cs had been done in hilliness area at GOULBURN-NWS-Australia. The presentation of 137Cs in natural was as a result of nuclear weapon testing in the middle of 1950's. Fallout of 137Cs input, when it reached the ground, it rapidly adsorbed at the soil. 137Cs bind very strong at the fine soil, so it can be used as tracer in the study of soil movement. Soil samples were taken using coring device (di=10 cm, h=20 cm), and were brought to laboratorium for short commun analysis. The preparation are drying, weighing, crushing and sieving. The 137Cs content of fine samples that pass the 1 mm sieve were analyzed using gamma-spectrometer. The total erosion rate was calculate by ploting the 137Cs values in the topography map of study area. The result showed that erosion was very low, and total erosion rate is 130 kg/ha.y. (authors)

  12. Transfer of 137Cs through the food chain to man

    Deposition, concentrations in diet, and body burdens of 137Cs have been measured since 1954 at various sites throughout the world. This report is a compilation and updating of various fallout 137Cs measurements and an interpretation of transfer properties of 137Cs from deposition to diet and from diet to man. An empirical model is used to correlate deposition and diet data. Direct foliar contamination, stored food supplies, and uptake from soil contribute to the dietary levels of 137Cs. The accumulation of 137Cs by man is described by a single exponential model. The inferred biological half-times, 200 to 400 days, are somewhat greater than the half-time of about 100 days obtained from shorter term studies. Differences in body burdens due to sex, age, and weight are discussed. During the period 1954 to 1974, the internal dose from fallout 137Cs, based on average body burdens, is estimated to be 4 to 5 percent of the 21 year radiation dose from 40K

  13. Distribution of 137Cs in water leachates of forest humus

    The distribution of 137Cs in water extracts of organic layers of forest soils was investigated using an ultrafiltration method. Samples were taken from two sites in the Bavarian Alps. The different horizons of the organic layers were extracted by column elution with water and 50 mmol/litre CsCl solution. Water extracts were fractionated using membranes with the molecular weight cutoff of 500, 1000 and 3000 Dalton to determine the molecular weight distribution of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The activity of 137Cs associated with the different DOC-fractions was measured by direct gammaspectrometry. Cesium-137 in the fraction smaller than 500 Dalton was defined as 'ionic'. The results indicated a change of the binding sites depending on the degree of decomposition and humification in the profile. Organic bound 137Cs was identified in all extracts. High mobilities of DOC and 137Cs were observed in the same horizons, fractionation showed then low-molecular-weight DOC and 137Cs mainly in ionic form. In horizons with high-molecular-weight DOC the portion of organic bound 137Cs ranged up to 40%. (author)

  14. Specific activity 137Cs at fishes of Ukraine current state

    Specific activity of 137Cs at fishes of reservoirs of 30 kilometers ChNPP zone (Pripyat river and its bays, lakes, cool-ing-pond of ChNPP, etc.), water basins of Dneprovsky cascade, Shatsky lakes and Black sea near town Sudak is investigated during 2010 - 2012. Levels of specific activity of 137Cs at fishes in many respects are defined by flowage of the reservoir. Normally, the flowage of the reservoir is more, the levels of specific activity of 137Cs at fishes are less. The greatest specific activity of 137Cs at fishes was registered in the north of Ukraine in closed and half-closed reservoirs of 30 kilometers ChNPP zone - to 32000 Bqk/kg. In the southern direction activity of 137Cs at fishes decreases from 4,8 to 78,5 Bq/kg in Kyiv water basin to 1 - 6 Bq/kg, in the Kahovsky water basin and to 0,6 - 1,9 Bq/kg in the Black sea. In large reservoirs the greatest specific activity of 137Cs, as a rule, is registered in fishes of the higher trophic levels

  15. Sorption of 137Cs from Aqueous Waste Solutions using Pottery

    A simple and inexpensive method for sorption of 137Cs from aqueous solutions using a highly available vase shape pottery material has been investigated. Porosity of the used pottery allowed for the penetration of the radioactive solution through its permeable body. Two routes had been investigated for cesium removal from the radioactive solutions. In the first one, pottery bodies were immersed into the radioactive solutions. In the second method; the radioactive solutions were filled the inner volumes of the pottery bodies. Vase shape pottery showed higher sorption capability for 137Cs much more than its powder forms, especially in the alkaline medium. Pottery bodies showed high potential for 137Cs removal. Adsorption isotherms revealed good lit to the Freundlich and Langumir isotherms. During sorption processes outside and inside the pottery body, 137Cs was well captured inside the amorphous microstructure of the pottery body. In this respect, micro filtration of cesium radionuclides through the used pottery could be postulated. Desorption experiments indicated higher immobilization affinity for radiocesium into pottery bodies, which indicates a high containment for 137Cs with an irreversible fixation mechanism

  16. Plant remediation of soil contaminated with 137Cs

    A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the bio-remediation of soils contaminated with 137Cs. The selected plants are Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Brassica chinensis L, Chloris virgata, Beta oulgaris L. Hongye, Beta oulgaris L. Dongshengye and Beta oulgaris L. The soils samples were taken from the paddy field, 2 km from the Dayawan nuclear power plant and Qinshan nuclear power plant, respectively, and cinnamon soil from the cultivated land in Beijing. The results show that all the employed species of plant have a higher accumulation to 137Cs with the increased grade of the radioactivity of 137Cs. A good correlation exist with the coefficient (r2) of 0.9989. When the contaminated radioactivity of 137Cs is in the same level the uptake of Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Brassica chinensis L. and Chloris virgata increased with the decrease of pH value ranged 5.22-7.69. The ability of bioremediation in the orders were Chloris virgata, Brassica chinensis L., Beta oulgaris L. Hongye, Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Beta oulgaris L. and Beta oulgaris L. Dongshengye, according to the comprehensive evaluation of transfer factor, specific activity of plant in dry weight of biomass and total absorption of 137Cs by the individual plant in the same area. (authors)

  17. Household methods to reduce 137Cs contents of mushrooms

    High radiocaesium contents in different species of mushrooms have been observed in areas contaminated by radiocaesium deposition after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. There has been no significant reduction in the 137Cs contents of mushrooms during the past ten years, besides via radioactive decay. The internal radiation dose received via mushrooms can be reduced by processing mushrooms before consumption. Various household methods were studied to find out their efficiency to reduce 137Cs contents of mushrooms. The methods tested were the same as normally used in cooking. The tests were made for the species of edible mushrooms widely consumed. The retention factors for the treatments tested were in most cases 0.2-0.3. The efficiency of treatments in reducing the 137Cs contents increased with larger water volumes and prolonged treatment times

  18. Radiochemical determination of {sup 137}Cs in foods

    Kastner, Geraldo F.; Ferreira, Andrea Vidal; Monteiro, Roberto P.G., E-mail: gfk@cdtn.br, E-mail: avf@cdtn.br, E-mail: rpgm@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    A determination of radionuclides in food samples is important in commodities in order to attend to regulatory requirements for international trade. As a long-lived radioisotope of cesium, {sup 137}Cs is produced as a result of human nuclear activities and than its contamination level evaluation among others radionuclides in foods is necessary. A methodology for the determination of {sup 137}Cs in foods, pork and fish, is described. The procedures covered homogenization and freeze-drying of the samples. The {sup 137}Cs was measured by gamma spectrometry using Canberra 50% HPGe detector. The counting was carried out with Monte Carlo software for detection conditions optimization including geometry and chemical data information. A certified sample, SRM IAEA-375, was analyzed in order to evaluate the reliability of the method, and the results showed good agreement between the measured and certified values. (author)

  19. 137Cs transfer coefficients from fodder to cow milk

    The transfer of 137Cs from the components of cows' diets to milk was followed in detail on 10 farms in the north-eastern region of Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) from June to July 1988. Samples of milk, grass and other components of the cows' diet were collected regularly and analysed for radiocaesium content. The transfer factors, calculated for 137Cs after a four-week feeding period with contaminated silage, were higher (0.0064) than those calculated in 1987 in the same area (0.0030). This may be attributable to the fact that the 137Cs associated to the forage administrated to cows in 1988 was completely incorporated in the plant and thus more assimilable to the cattle. (Author)

  20. Household methods to reduce {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms

    Kostiainen, E. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority - STUK, Helsinki (Finland)

    2005-09-15

    High radiocaesium contents in different species of mushrooms have been observed in areas contaminated by radiocaesium deposition after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. There has been no significant reduction in the {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms during the past ten years, besides via radioactive decay. The internal radiation dose received via mushrooms can be reduced by processing mushrooms before consumption. Various household methods were studied to find out their efficiency to reduce {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms. The methods tested were the same as normally used in cooking. The tests were made for the species of edible mushrooms widely consumed. The retention factors for the treatments tested were in most cases 0.2-0.3. The efficiency of treatments in reducing the {sup 137}Cs contents increased with larger water volumes and prolonged treatment times.

  1. Transfer of 137Cs into fish in small forest lakes

    The transfer of 137Cs into fish in seepage and drainage lakes from 1988 to 1992 was analysed using linear regression. Empirical results for 137Cs in lake water and fish were used to calculate concentration factors (CFs). In the drainage lakes the CF decreased during the study period by 9% per year whereas in the seepage lakes the CF increased significantly by 4.3% per year. The transfer of 137Cs into pike was significantly (1.6 times) higher than that into perch. The CF increased on average by 3.4% for each 1-cm increase in the median size of perch. The relationship between the water chemistry and the CF differed between clear-water seepage and brown-water drainage lakes.

  2. Uptake and transfer factors of 137Cs by mushrooms

    The 137Cs content of 118 species (668 samples) of higher fungi collected in the period from August 1984 to October 1989 at three different locations in Styria, Austria, was determined by gamma-spectrometry. The Cs-content of most mushrooms has been increasing since September 1986. In order to find out which factors determine the 137Cs-contamination of mushrooms and the transfer-value soil to mushroom, the concentration of total and plant-available radiocesium in soils as well as the pH-value, the content of humus, clay, silt, sand, exchangeable cations, the composition of the clay minerals, and the particle size distribution of the soils of two different locations were examined. The higher the 137Cs contamination of the soil, the thicker the layer of humus and the higher the content of humus, the lower the pH-value, and the lower the amount of essential cations, especially of K+, the higher the amount of 137Cs plant-available will be. Therefore, the contamination of the mushrooms in the coniferous forest of Koralpenblick (1000 m) is higher than in the mixed forest at the Rosenberg around Graz at approx. 500 m height. Of 26 different species of mushrooms measured at both sites, only 61% show the highest TF-values soil to mushrooms also at the Koralpenblick. In the spruce forest at Koralpenblick there are many species of mushrooms with high 137Cs-contamination which were not found at the Rosenberg. However, the properties of the species to which a mushroom belongs are more important than environmental conditions and soil properties. The transfer values of 40K stay within narrow bounds, whereas those of 137Cs differ widely. (orig.)

  3. Surface activity of 137Cs, sheet 35 - Trnava

    In the predominantly geomorphologically mountainous terrain the map of surface activity of 137Cs was compiled from the results of exploration activities on scale 1:200 000 and in the Danube upland (between Povazsky Inovec and Little Carpathians) on scale 1:50 000. Surface activities of 137Cs are significantly unevenly distributed. The most widespread surface activity of 137Cs in the interval from 1000 to 2000 Bq · m-2 was mapped on mostly continuous area in the central part of map sheet and represents 68.4% of its area. The exception is only a small increase (10,225 Bq · m-2) in Banovska upland south-east from the village Zlatniky. Higher surface activities of 137Cs were registered in the north part of the map sheet. There from neighbouring map sheet (34 - Znojmo) reaches an area of increased values (3000 to 5000 Bq · m-2, max. 6550 Bq · m-2), geomorphologically falling into the western part of the White Carpathians. Relatively high surface activities of 137Cs were found in the south-east part of the map sheet in the Tribec mountains near Skycov (max. 7426 Bq.m-2), in Zitavska flood-plain south of the Zlate Moravce (max. 13962 Bq · m-2), but mainly in Vtacnik and Stiavnicke Hills, where in Nova Bana was measured the maximal surface activity 16497 Bq · m-2. Considering sizeable areal expansion of lower levels of surface activity of 137Cs, the geometric mean (1338 Bq.m-2) on this map sheet corresponds to the national average. (authors)

  4. Changes in 137Cs transfer to agricultural products

    The food production and food harvesting systems common in the areas contaminated by the Chernobyl accident in Republic of Belarus can be grouped into three major categories: collective farm produce, private farming produce and natural foods collected from natural ecosystems. The collective farm system provided the smallest contribution (8-12 %) to the intake of 137Cs. Natural food was the major contributor to the intake at one study site (73 %), and private produce was the major contributor (60 %) at the other study site. Assessment of the situation just after the accident (one year) shows that collective farming was still a minor contributor to 137CS intake (10 %) whilst private fanning would have been the major contributor wherever private milk production and consumption continued. The extent to which inhabitants consume natural foods from forests has a considerable effect on their 137CS intake. The comparative importance of food products from natural ecosystems increases with time due to the long effective ecological half lives of 137Cs in unimproved pastures and forests. Estimation of the contribution to the fluxes of 137Cs from the different production and harvesting systems showed that the contribution from private farming and food harvesting from natural ecosystems may also be significant, contributing 14-30 % to the total fluxes of 137Cs from an area even if the quantity of food produced in these systems is small. However, the major contributor to the flux exported from an area was the collective farming system, accounting for about 70-86 % of the total. Refs. 12 (author)

  5. The behaviour of 137Cs in the aquatic environment

    Through 137Cs concentration profiles in sediments from Rochedo Reservoir, it was possible to estimate the amount of this radionuclide (94 TBq) which has reached the Meia Ponte River system, as a consequence of the Goiania Radiological accident in 1987. Based on in-situ measurements as well as on laboratory studies, the influence of NH4+ concentration on the Kd value was also investigated. The results have shown that for high NH4d+ concentrations there is a clear correlation between both parameters. It was also observed the influence on the ageing effect on the 137Cs release from the sediment, as well as of the illite content on it. (author)

  6. Transfer factor values of 137 Cs from latosoils to vegetables

    Transfer Factor values for black beams, radish and carrot were obtained for soils artificially and accidentally contaminated in Goiania during 1987. Differences of 137 Cs-soil-to-plant transfer were discussed in the light of pedology and crop type. These values were about one order of magnitude higher than mean values reported by IUR for temperature climate for the same crops. These results advertising for the peculiar dynamics of 137 Cs in tropical soils and for needs to obtain regional data to be used in assessment dose models. (author)

  7. Declassification of 137Cs liquid wastes by reverse osmosis

    In June 1998, a 137Cs source was accidentally melted in one of the furnaces of a stainless steel production company located in Spain. As a result of this incident, the furnace and its cooling circuit were radioactively contaminated. LAINSA (Logistica y Acondicionamientos Industriales S.A.) company took charge of the plant decontamination process, in which 40 m3, approximately, of 137Cs contaminated water with a mean activity of 300 kBq/L were generated. This company contacted the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) to develop a project for radioactive liquid wastes treatment

  8. Mathematical model of 137Cs dynamics in the deciduous forest

    A mathematical model of 137Cs behaviour in the forest ecosystem is presented. The behaviour of this radionuclide is assumed to obey the same regularities as the behaviour of its stable chemical analogue, potassium. Radionuclide dynamics are considered in parallel with the dynamics of the phytomass. Radionuclides contained in the vegetation are pooled into two basic compartments: external and internal contamination, with separate analysis of each. The model was verified using the data obtained in the 30-km zone of the Chernobyl NPP in 1986-1994. The algorithm described was found to be the most efficient in terms of 137Cs behaviour in the forest environments

  9. 137Cs in the fungal compartment of Swedish forest soils

    The 137Cs activities in soil profiles and in the mycelia of four ectomycorrhizal fungi were studied in a Swedish forest in an attempt to understand the mechanisms governing the transfer and retention of 137Cs in forest soil. The biomass of four species of fungi was determined and estimated to be 16 g m-2 in a peat soil and 47-189 g m-2 in non-peat soil to the depth of 10 cm. The vertical distribution was rather homogeneous for two species (Tylospora spp. and Piloderma fallax) and very superficial for Hydnellum peckii. Most of the 137Cs activity in mycelium of non-peat soils was found in the upper 5 cm. Transfer factors were quite high even for those species producing resupinate sporocarps. In the peat soil only approximately 0.3% of the total 137Cs inventory in soil was found in the fungal mycelium. The corresponding values for non-peat soil were 1.3, 1.8 and 1.9%

  10. Transport of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere in an ocean general circulation model

    Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Hirose, Katsumi; Bryan, Frank O.; Lindsay, Keith; Danabasoglu, Gokhan

    2011-04-01

    137Cs originating from global fallout is transported into the ocean interior by advection and diffusion, and the 137Cs concentration is reduced by radioactive decay. 137Cs concentrations in the global ocean can be simulated by global integration of the coarse-resolution Parallel Ocean Program to understand the mechanism of material transport in the ocean. We investigated the transport mechanism of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere using an ocean general circulation model (OGCM) and compared the simulated results with observations of 137Cs concentrations in the Southern Hemisphere. 137Cs was deposited on the ocean surface mainly as global fallout originating from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing since 1945, and the global distribution of cumulative 137Cs deposition has been reconstructed from global measurements of 137Cs in rain, seawater, and soil. We estimated the global distribution of 137Cs deposition from 1945 to 2003 using these distribution data, 137Cs deposition data observed at the Meteorological Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan, from 1958 to 2003, and 137Cs deposition data for 1945-1957 estimated from ice-core data. We compared the simulated results with 137Cs sections from the South Pacific, Indian, and South Atlantic Oceans obtained during the BEAGLE2003 cruise in 2003. The simulated 137Cs sections were in good agreement with the observations, except for the effects of mesoscale eddies, which not be simulated by the model because of its coarse resolution. OGCMs can simulate the general pattern of 137Cs distribution in the world’s oceans and improve our understanding of the transport mechanism leading to those 137Cs distributions on a time scale of several decades. The model simulation results suggest that the 137Cs deposited in the North Pacific advected to the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, and then to the South Atlantic over about four decades. The North Pacific is thus an important source area of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere.

  11. Contribution of Asian dust to atmospheric deposition of radioactive cesium (137Cs)

    Both Asian dust (kosa) transported from the East Asian continent and locally suspended dust near monitoring sites contribute to the observed atmospheric deposition of 137Cs in Japan. To estimate the relative contribution of these dust phenomena to the total 137Cs deposition, we monitored weekly deposition of mineral particles and 137Cs in spring. Deposition of 137Cs from a single Asian dust event was 62.3 mBq m-2 and accounted for 67% of the total 137Cs deposition during the entire monitoring period. Furthermore, we found high 137Cs specific activity in the Asian dust deposition sample. Although local dust events contributed to 137Cs deposition, their contribution was considerably smaller than that of Asian dust. We conclude that the primary source of atmospheric 137Cs in Japan is dust transported from the East Asian continent

  12. Distribution of 137Cs radionuclide in industrial wastes effluents of Gresik, East Java, Indonesia

    The distribution of anthropogenic radionuclides 137Cs was measured from industrial waste effluent of Gresik to Gresik Sea in east Java, Indonesia. The activity of 37Cs detected at all stations was much lower than in northeast Japan both before and after NPP Fukushima accident. This indicated that in Gresik industrials waste did not consist of 137Cs. The lowest activity 137Cs occurred at the station nearest to the industrial waste effluent that contained some particle ions that were able to scavenge 137Cs and then precipate this radionuclide. Furthermore, the greatest 137Cs occurred at the station that has high current speeds that stirred up sediment to release 137Cs in seawater as a secondary source. The lowest salinity did not effect on the activity of 137Cs even though the lowest salinity and activity 137Cs occurred at the same station. (author)

  13. Distribution of 137Cs Radionuclide in Industrial Wastes Effluents of Gresik, East Java, Indonesia

    Muslim

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The distribution of anthropogenic radionuclides 137Cs was measured from industrial waste effluent of Gresik to Gresik Sea in east Java, Indonesia. The activity of 37Cs detected at all stations was much lower than in northeast Japan both before and after NPP Fukushima accident. This indicated that in Gresik industrials waste did not consist of 137Cs. The lowest activity 137Cs occurred at the station nearest to the industrial waste effluent that contained some particle ions that were able to scavenge 137Cs and then precipate this radionuclide. Furthermore, the greatest 137Cs occured at the station that has high current speeds that stirred up sediment to release 137Cs in seawater as a secondary source. The lowest salinity did not effect on the activity of 137Cs even though the lowest salinity and activity 137Cs occured at the same station

  14. Behaviour of 137Cs in the Boreal forest ecosystem of central Sweden

    Behaviour of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs in a coniferous forest ecosystem in central Sweden was investigated between 1990 and 1994. Results demonstrated that forest soil belongs to nutrient deficient type, and deposited fallout 137Cs from Chernobyl nuclear accident (CNA) was retained (85%) in the upper 5 cm of humic forest soil layer, with a venial migration deeper into soil profile. No correlation between forest soil exchangeable and total potassium (K+) and 137Cs transfer parameters was observed. However, addition of K+, found to efficiently reduce 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue and the addition of stable caesium (133Cs+) enhanced it. The addition of ammonium (NH4+) was slightly stimulating the uptake of 137Cs by sheep's fescue in the first cut only. Field plants showed a considerably reduction in their 137Cs activity concentrations. Relative to their 137Cs levels of 1986-89, a little reduction in heather (16%) occurred eight years after CNA. In contrast the reductions in lingonberry and bilberry were 87% and 68%, respectively. Three fractions of forest soil bound 137Cs were observed due to sequential extraction procedure (SEP). The first, is easily extractable 137Cs fraction (F1+F2), it comprises 22% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory in the upper 5 cm layer. The second, is soil organically and biologically bound 137Cs (F3+F4) comprises about 30% of soil bound 137Cs. This fraction might be accounted for long-term soil available 137Cs for plant uptake after bio-degradation processes by soil microorganisms. The third, is the residual fraction (F5), it comprises more than 35% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory, and may be associated with soil components which are probably of organic nature. Sorption of 137Cs by zeolite (Mordenite) revealed that soil bound 137Cs is to some extent more mobile in forest soils with high OM% and low pH than those with low OM%. 99 refs

  15. Geographic zones with increased migration of 137Cs from environment into food stuffs

    Increased 137Cs migration from the environment into the human organism through the biological lichen-deer-man chain in the arctic region is considered. Levels of 137Cs content in lichen and deer meat are presented. The degree of 137Cs migration in the wooded district on food stuffs of local production (milk, mushrooms, meat) is presented. The increased 137Cs content is found in food stuffs of animal and vegetable origin in the wooded district due to peculiarities of natural conditions

  16. Fractionation of caesium (137Cs) in coniferous forest soil in central Sweden

    Sequential extraction procedure (SEP) was applied for fractionation of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs bound onto soils of a coniferous forest ecosystem located in central Sweden. Results of sequentially extracted 137Cs fractions demonstrated that 8% (mean value) of the total deposited 137Cs was water soluble (F1) and 13% was NH4OAc extractable (F2). Oxidation of F2 residuals by H2O2 led to a release of 15% of soil-bound 137Cs (F3). Acid digestion of F3 residuals showed a possibility of releasing an extra amount of soil-bound 137Cs, 22% of the total soil 137Cs inventory (F4). These two fractions (F3 and F4) include strongly bound 137Cs that seems to require longer biodegradation processes by soil microflora and microfauna before becoming available for uptake by plants and fungi. More than 37% of the total soil 137Cs inventory was bound onto soil residuals in a non-extractable form that includes slowly degradable organic matter and other soil residual compartments. The distribution coefficient (Kd) was rather low and shows an inverse relation with the increase of percentage of soil organic matter, which indicates a week binding of 137Cs onto forest soil. In contrast, chemical fractionation of soil bound 137Cs showed a substantial fraction of 137Cs was strongly bound onto soil as organically bound 137Cs. Apparently, the binding processes of radiocaesium onto forest soil seems to be time dependent

  17. Distribution of 137Cs in soil samples of Goa environment

    Systematic studies on distribution of 137Cs in soil samples of Goa region have been carried out using gamma spectrometric technique. Soil samples were collected from different places of Goa region and studied their depth profile and seasonal variation of the activity. Efforts have been to find the correlation between this radionuclide concentration and the soil organic matter content and possible inferences were drawn. (author)

  18. Uncertainty in the modelling of 137Cs turnover in lakes

    In the context of the IAEA-CEC co-ordinated research programme on Validation of Environmental Model Predictions (VAMP), a generic model for lake ecosystems has been tested under a variety of environmental conditions. The main emphasis has been placed on predicting the levels of 137Cs in water and predatory fish, which are of most concern from a radiological point of view. 2 figs

  19. Activity of 137Cs in mushrooms from Slovak Republic

    In this paper, activity concentrations of radiocesium in mushrooms from various locations in the Slovak Republic during the year 2001 are presented. The highest activity concentration of 137Cs measured was 966 Bq/kg, for Suillus luteus from Senica. Mushrooms belonging to Boletaceae which grow in Central Europe are not only bio-indicators of the environmental contamination with radiocesium, but might also represent depending on their actual radiocesium contamination - some risk factor if consumed too extensively. (authors)

  20. Standardization of 137 Cs+137m Ba by Liquid Scintillation

    A procedure for the preparation of a stable, homogeneous solution of ''137 Cs+''137m Ba, for use in liquid scintillation measurements, is described. Its count rate stability and spectral time evolution has been followed for several weeks. The solution has been standardised by the CIEMAT/NIST method in both Ultima-Gold and Insta-Gel, to a combined uncertainty lower than 0,51% (k=1)

  1. 137Cs and 210Pb distribution in Manila Bay sediment

    Two radionuclides were measured in surface sediment samples taken from geographically distributed sections of Manila Bay, namely cesium-137 (137Cs) and lead-210 (210Pb). Results indicated a noticeable change in the radioactivity concentration levels in sediments collected in 2005 and 2010, with a median concentration of 1.0 and 2.64 Bq kg-1, respectively. Higher levels of 137Cs radioactivity were measured in the northern and inner portion of the bay adjacent to major river systems, agricultural and highly industrialized urban areas. 137Cs isotope increased in activity in most of the samples especially in the northwestern areas of Bataan and Pampanga with five times more than the activity from the first sampling measurements. Nevertheless, radioactivity concentrations observed in surface sediments along the bay are within the range of radioactivity in several areas monitored in the Northern Hemisphere. The country has been frequented by tropical cyclones and storms that have caused erosion, which may have introduced elevated material input in the bay. In addition, wind-driven circulation especially in the shallower areas of the bay is a possibility for the substantial sediment movement and accumulation along this coast. Conversely, areas with higher 137Cs have lower values of 210Pb. In an undisturbed environment, 210Pb deposition values are assumed nearly constant. Hence, changes in the radioactivity concentration levels of these radionuclides can be an indicator of pollution input from land-based sources, sediment movement and reworking in the coastal areas. At present, there is very limited information on the radioactivity level of various radioisotopes in Manila Bay.The data obtained are benchmark values against which changes that will be occurring in the bay can be assessed. (author)

  2. Study on accumulation of 137Cs in aquatic organisms

    FengDing-Hua; CheungT

    1998-01-01

    The organisms were cultivated for 7d in well water contaminated with 137Cs,The experimental results show that the accumulation level of tissues of carassius auratus had the order of gill>viscera>epidermis(including scales)>bone(including head and tail)>flesh.The concentration capability of them had the order of shrimp>carassius auratus>ophiocephalus argus,The concentration factors(CF) of shrimp was 12.6 times of that of ophiocephalus argus.

  3. Leaching of /sup 137/Cs from an epoxide resin

    Leaching of /sup 137/Cs has been found to be independent of surface-area-to-volume ratio and leachant renewal frequency. Short-term leaching can be satisfactorily described by a simple diffusion model. Longer-term data are better explained by including a first-order reaction combined with diffusion. γ-irradiation to 10/sup 7/ Gy has little effect on leaching behaviour of samples containing IX resin

  4. 137Cs, trace and toxic elements distribution in Austrian mushrooms

    Various mushroom species have been analyzed for their elemental composition (i.e., Al, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Sr and Zn) by means of ICP-AES. The accuracy of the measurements was confirmed by analyzing a series of the same samples by short time activation analysis. The data were evaluated statistically including the values of 137Cs. The results denote that the distribution of these elements and their correlation coefficients are highly distinctive for each mushroom species. K, Na and P were found to correlate negatively with 137Cs in most species. Suillus grevillei and Cantharellus cibarius show high Be values (0.27 and 0.30 μg g-1, respectively), while Pb was high in Suillus grevillei (16.3 μg g-1) and Amanita rubescens (9.3 μg g-1). Higher levels of Cd were found in Rozites caperata and Russula vesca with a mean of 9.2 and 16.1 μg g-1, respectively. Cluster analysis was applied to classify these samples according to their botanical species using their elemental composition . The concentrations of Al, Cr, Mn, Na and 137Cs have no influence on the classification of these samples. (author) 9 refs.; 3 figs.; 3 tabs

  5. Whole-body 137Cs and 137Cs levels in the Greek population following the 1986 Chernobyl accident

    One of the consequences of the reactor accident at Chernobyl was the contamination of foodstuffs with 134Cs and 137Cs. Whole-body measurements were carried out over a four year period to determine the committed effective dose to the Greek population from internal contamination with 134Cs and 137Cs. The mean 50 year committed effective dose in residents of Ioannina was found to be 495 μSv for men, 330 μSv for women and 300 μSv for children. Measurements on subjects living in other parts of Greece showed that the average level of internal contamination over the country was about 10% higher than Ioannina, resulting in a 4.5 kSv collective effective dose to the Greek population. (author)

  6. Dissolution behavior of 137Cs absorbed on the green tea leaves

    The green tea leaf was dipped in the 137CsCl solution to elucidate the dissolution behavior of 137Cs. The IP observation showed that 137Cs was not uniformly adsorbed on the tea leaf, even if the tea leaf was dipped in the homogeneous solution. The activation energy of 137Cs dissolution was estimated to be 0.045 eV, indicating that most of 137Cs would exist as the adsorbed state. The dissolution behaviors as a function of cesium and potassium concentrations and pH, were also studied. (author)

  7. Dissolution behavior of 137Cs absorbed on the green tea leaves

    The green tea leaves was dipped in the 137CsCl solution to elucidate the dissolution behavior of 137Cs contaminated on the green tea leaves. It was found that the amount of 137Cs dissolved into tea water was controlled by the temperature of water, and the activation energy of 137Cs dissolution was estimated to be 0.045 eV, indicating that most of 137Cs would exist as the adsorbed state. In addition, the dissolution behavior was controlled by the concentration of stable Cs dissolved in water, although no large correlation with pH was observed. (author)

  8. The Role of Prussian Blue in Eliminating the Compositional Effects of 137Cs Internal Contamination

    Seventy male albino rats of two ages: growing (2-months age, 102 + 10 g /rat) and adults (4- months age, 280 + 15 g / rat) were used in this study. The rats were fed on a balanced diet (21% crude proteins, 3% crude fats and 4% crude fibers). The treatments of oral administration of a single dose (3700 Bq/growing rat and 7400 Bq/adult rat) of 137Cs (137Cs Cl salt) and prussian blue (PB, 300 mg/kg body weight/day for 60 days) were as the following combinations: [1] without 137Cs or PB, [2] 137Cs only, [3] PB only, [4] PB one day before 137Cs, [5] PB immediately after 137Cs, [6] PB one day after 137Cs, and [7] PB one week after 137Cs. All of body weight, total body water (TBW), fat-free body (FFB), total body fat (TBF), fat-free dry body (FFDB), total body protein (TBP), and total body ash (TBA). The data revealed that: adult rats had a significant (P137Cs treatment caused decreases in final body weight; % change of body weight, TBW, FFB, FFDB, TBP, TBA. In both growing and adult rats, PB administration, only before or at the same time of irradiation, could eliminate the effects of 137Cs-gamma irradiation on : final body weight, % change in body weight, FFB, FFDB, TBP. However, PB administration, one or seven days post treatment, eliminated 137Cs treatments effects on TBF

  9. Relationship between 137Cs concentration and cultivated history on loessial hillslopes

    There are close linkages between soil loss degree and soil disturbance degree by human. So it is a key problem to know that how human activity affects soil loss. To analyse the correlation of 137Cs loss degree with hillslopes' cultivated histories, the concentrations of 137Cs on different kinds of loessial hillslopes with different cultivated histories, abandoned ages and different patterns of reforestation are studied. The result shows that there is a linear relationship among 137Cs areal concentrations, cultivation ages and slope gradients. the regressive equation is as follows: X=2356.79-22.77 t-35.53 S. Variant coefficient of 137Cs areal concentration is 80.11% among hillslopes with different abandonment ages. It is also deduced that 137Cs areal concentration is affected primarily by abandonment ages of hillslopes. The 137Cs loss rates of hillslopes with different vegetation restoration manners show significant differences, as a whole, autogenic restoration 137Cs area concentrations on hillslopes. (authors)

  10. Fukushima 137Cs at the base of planktonic food webs off Japan

    Baumann, Z.; Fisher, N. S.; Gobler, C. J.; Buesseler, K. O.; George, J. A.; Breier, C. F.; Nishikawa, J.

    2015-12-01

    The potential bioaccumulation of 137Cs in marine food webs off Japan became a concern following the release of radioactive contaminants from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the coastal ocean. Previous studies suggest that 137Cs activities increase with trophic level in pelagic food webs, however, the bioaccumulation of 137Cs from seawater to primary producers, to zooplankton has not been evaluated in the field. Since phytoplankton are frequently the largest component of suspended particulate matter (SPM) we used SPM concentrations and particle-associated 137Cs to understand bioaccumulation of 137Cs in through trophic pathways in the field. We determined particle-associated 137Cs for samples collected at 20 m depth from six stations off Japan three months after the initial release from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. At 20 m SPM ranged from 0.65 to 1.60 mg L-1 and rapidly declined with depth. The ratios of particulate organic carbon to chlorophyll a suggested that phytoplankton comprised much of the SPM in these samples. 137Cs activities on particles accounted for on average 0.04% of the total 137Cs in seawater samples, and measured concentration factors of 137Cs on small suspended particles were comparatively low (∼102). However, when 137Cs in crustacean zooplankton was derived based only on modeling dietary 137Cs uptake, we found predicted and measured 137Cs concentrations in good agreement. We therefore postulate the possibility that the dietary route of 137Cs bioaccumulation (i.e., phytoplankton ingestion) could be largely responsible for the measured levels in the copepod-dominated (%) zooplankton assemblages in Japanese coastal waters. Finally, our data did not support the notion that zooplankton grazing on phytoplankton results in a biomagnification of 137Cs.

  11. Monitoring of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs in semi-natural coniferous forest of central Sweden

    Monitoring the behaviour of 137Cs in semi-natural coniferous forest ecosystem of central Sweden was investigated between 1990 and 1994. Results demonstrated that soil in the area of study is thin layer characterised with high organic matter fraction and acidic pH. Most of Chernobyl fallout deposited 137Cs retained in the upper 5 cm with venial migration into deeper layers of soil profile The activity concentration of 137Cs in the dominant plants showed some variation, which presumed to be due to high variations in the different soil parameters and species-specificity of plants in 137Cs uptake. Fractionation of soil bound 137Cs using sequential extracted procedure predicted that easily extractable 137Cs fraction that includes water soluble and NH4OAc exchangeable comprises ∼25% of total soil radiocaesium inventory in the upper 5 cm layer of forest soil. These fractions, represent the soil mobile 137Cs in the forest ecosystem. About 37% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory could be accounted for soil organically bound 137Cs that include oxidizable and acid digestible organic matter. These fractions require a long term big-degradation process by soil micro-organisms, before becoming available for plant uptake. More over a substantial fraction Of 137Cs was firmly bound onto soil compartments of organic and/or mineral nature as a residual (36%). This means that binding processes of 137Cs onto humic forest soil with high fraction of organic matter and acidic reaction is time dependent. The most distinguished soil parameters that might influenced 137Cs transfer to and/or uptake by natural plants in the area of study were soil OM%, and soil pH. Soil biological activity might also be considered, (although it was not determined in this study). The long term 137Cs availability in this type of forest soil must be related to the organically bound 137Cs fractions. (author)

  12. Root endophytic bacteria of a (137)Cs and Mn accumulator plant, Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides, increase (137)Cs and Mn desorption in the soil.

    Yamaji, Keiko; Nagata, Satoshi; Haruma, Toshikatsu; Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Kozaki, Tamotsu; Watanabe, Naoko; Nanba, Kenji

    2016-03-01

    We found that root endophytes of (137)Cs accumulator plant produce siderophores, resulting in the desorption of (137)Cs from the contaminated soil collected at Fukushima, Japan. We selected an endemic Japanese deciduous tree, Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides (Franch. et Sav), that accumulates high concentrations of (137)Cs and Mn. Root endophytic bacteria were isolated from E. sciadophylloides and microbial siderophore production was evaluated via chrome azurol S (CAS) Fe and CAS Al assays. Of the 463 strains that we isolated, 107 (23.1%) produced the siderophores. Using eight strains that showed high siderophore production in our assays, we examined desorption of (137)Cs, Mn, Fe and Al by the bacterial culture filtrates from (137)Cs-contaminated soil after decomposing the soil organic matter using hydrogen peroxide. We found (137)Cs and Mn desorption concomitant with Al and Fe desorption, as well as a decrease of pH. We also detected succinic acid, a well-known siderophore, in the bacterial culture filtrates of our two root endophytic bacteria. Our results strongly suggest that the root endophytic bacteria of E. sciadophylloides produce the siderophores that enhance (137)Cs and Mn desorption in the rhizosphere, making the resulting (137)Cs and Mn ions easier for E. sciadophylloides to absorb from the rhizosphere. PMID:26760221

  13. Immobilization of 137Cs on cement-zeolite composites

    The research has been mainly concerned with the solidification of radioactive waste in cement based matrices to reduce the mobility of cesium in the solid form. Zeolite was fixed in a cement based matrix and exposed to synthetic ground water. The zeolite can replace sand materials that are used in the cement formulations. The influences of different weights of zeolite and sand on the diffusion coefficients for 137Cs were studied using the solid waste form treated in ground water. (author). 3 refs, 3 figs, 8 tabs

  14. A review: study on the behavior of 137Cs in agricultural environment of China

    In China, study on the behavior of137Cs in agricultural environment was begun in 1960. Many papers on the behavior of 137Cs in soil-plant system and the estimation of 137Cs radioactivity in soil and food were published. The absorption, accumulation and distribution of 137Cs in plant, the relationship between absorption of 137Cs by plant and contaminating way and form, the 137Cs radioactivity in soil and food and its transfer coefficient in soil-plant system, the effects of the characters of soil and plant as well as the living stages on the transfer are concerned. The results show that the average radioactivity of 137Cs in soil of China is 10.45 Bq/kg, and the deposition densities decrease with the latitude decreasing. The transfer coefficient of 137Cs from soil to the agricultural products is about 0.12∼8.19 x 10-3. The distribution of 137Cs in rice plant is in the order of the root>glume>leaf>stem>rice. The radioactivity of aerial part accumulates mainly in the glume. The countermeasures to alleviate the adverse effects of 137Cs contamination need further study

  15. 137Cs inventory in semi-isolated basins of the western South Pacific

    Yamada, M.; Wang, Z.

    2007-12-01

    The main introduction routes of 137Cs into the Pacific Ocean are worldwide global fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing and close-in fallout from U. S. tests conducted on the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. The objectives of this study are to measure the 137Cs activities in water columns of the western South Pacific Ocean and to discuss the processes controlling the 137Cs inventory. The 137Cs activities were determined for seawater samples from the East Caroline, Coral Sea, New Hebrides, South Fiji and Tasman Sea Basins of the western South Pacific Ocean. The 137Cs activities in surface waters ranged from 1.7 Bq m- 3 in the Tasman Sea Basin to 2.3 Bq m-3 in the East Caroline Basin. The latitudinal 137Cs distributions in surface waters showed the opposite trend to the expected deposition density from global fallout. The distribution profiles of 137Cs activity at these six western South Pacific Ocean stations did not differ from each other significantly. The total 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean ranged from 850 Bq m-2 in the Coral Sea Basin to 1270 Bq m-2 in the South Fiji Basin. Higher 137Cs inventories were observed at middle latitude stations in the subtropical gyre than at low latitude stations. The 137Cs inventories were 1.9 - 4.5 times higher than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout at the same latitude. The possible sources of excess 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean might be attributable to both the inter-hemisphere dispersion of the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing 137Cs from the northern stratosphere to the southern one and its subsequent deposition, and water- bearing transport of 137Cs from the North Pacific Ocean to the South Pacific.

  16. {sup 137}Cs applicability to soil erosion assessment: theoretical and empirical model; Aplicabilidade do {sup 137}Cs para medir erosao do solo: modelos teoricos e empiricos

    Andrello, Avacir Casanova

    2004-02-15

    The soil erosion processes acceleration and the increase of soil erosion rates due to anthropogenic perturbation in soil-weather-vegetation equilibrium has influenced in the soil quality and environment. So, the possibility to assess the amplitude and severity of soil erosion impact on the productivity and quality of soil is important so local scale as regional and global scale. Several models have been developed to assess the soil erosion so qualitative as quantitatively. {sup 137}Cs, an anthropogenic radionuclide, have been very used to assess the superficial soil erosion process Empirical and theoretical models were developed on the basis of {sup 137} Cs redistribution as indicative of soil movement by erosive process These models incorporate many parameters that can influence in the soil erosion rates quantification by {sup 137} Cs redistribution. Statistical analysis was realized on the models recommended by IAEA to determinate the influence that each parameter generates in results of the soil redistribution. It was verified that the most important parameter is the {sup 137} Cs redistribution, indicating the necessity of a good determination in the {sup 137} Cs inventory values with a minimum deviation associated with these values. After this, it was associated a 10% deviation in the reference value of {sup 137} Cs inventory and the 5% in the {sup 137} Cs inventory of the sample and was determinate the deviation in results of the soil redistribution calculated by models. The results of soil redistribution was compared to verify if there was difference between the models, but there was not difference in the results determinate by models, unless above 70% of {sup 137} Cs loss. Analyzing three native forests and an area of the undisturbed pasture in the Londrina region, can be verified that the {sup 137} Cs spatial variability in local scale was 15%. Comparing the {sup 137} Cs inventory values determinate in the three native forest with the {sup 137} Cs inventory

  17. Reconstruction of 137Cs activity in the ocean following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

    Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Tsubono, Takaki; Tateda, Yutaka; Misumi, Kazuhiro; Hayami, Hiroshi; Toyoda, Yasuhiro; Maeda, Yoshiaki; Yoshida, Yoshikatsu; Uematsu, Mitsuo

    2014-05-01

    A series of accidents at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant following the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 resulted in the release of radioactive materials to the ocean by two major pathways, direct release from the accident site and atmospheric deposition. We reconstructed spatiotemporal variability of 137Cs activity in the ocean by the comparison model simulations and observed data. We employed a regional scale and the North Pacific scale oceanic dispersion models, an atmospheric transport model, a sediment transport model, a dynamic biological compartment model for marine biota and river runoff model to investigate the oceanic contamination. Direct releases of 137Cs were estimated for more than 2 years after the accident by comparing simulated results and observed activities very close to the site. The estimated total amounts of directly released 137Cs was 3.6±0.7 PBq. Directly release rate of 137Cs decreased exponentially with time by the end of December 2012 and then, was almost constant. The daily release rate of 137Cs was estimated to be 3.0 x 1010 Bq day-1 by the end of September 2013. The activity of directly released 137Cs was detectable only in the coastal zone after December 2012. Simulated 137Cs activities attributable to direct release were in good agreement with observed activities, a result that implies the estimated direct release rate was reasonable, while simulated 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition were low compared to measured activities. The rate of atmospheric deposition onto the ocean was underestimated because of a lack of measurements of dose rate and air activity of 137Cs over the ocean when atmospheric deposition rates were being estimated. Observed 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition in the ocean helped to improve the accuracy of simulated atmospheric deposition rates. Although there is no observed data of 137Cs activity in the ocean from 11 to 21 March 2011, observed data of

  18. Analysis of 137Cs in fission based neutron dosimetry

    137Cs analysis is based on dissolving an irradiated fission dosimeter and chemically separating the cesium from the rest of the fission material. The samples consisted of uranium and neptunium in the form of metal or oxide. The uranium samples were dissolved in nitric acid and the neptunium samples in a mixture of nitric acid and chloric acid with addition of hydrogen peroxide. Cs was precipitated into a mixture of ammonium molyndophoshate and cellulose powder. A preparate for measurement was made from the precipitate and covered with polyethen plastic. Since other fission products than cesium were precipitated as well from the more recently irradiated samples, the activity measurements could not be carried out with a NaI(Tl) cavity crystal, but had to be made with a less efficient but more selective germanium semiconductor crystal. The method is well suited for 137Cs determination, especially for older dosimeters where the more short-lived fission products have decayed. (orig.) (6 refs., 7 figs., 7 tabs.)

  19. Determination of Corrections in the Absolute Measurement of 137Cs

    A method, of determining corrections in absolute measurements of 137Cs by 4π proportional counter is described. The correction for self-absorption of 137Cs beta particles from sources formed by vacuum deposition of CsCl on standard carrier films was determined. These samples, which had negligible self-absorption, were measured by 4π counter. The radioactive substance on the film was then dissolved, and by the addition of carrier was converted to a form similar to that of sources usually used for absolute measurement. The correction determined for self-absorption was higher than the value expected from comparison with other radionuclides having near Eβmax. The correction for internal conversion coefficient and gamma efficiency of the beta detector was determined with 137mBa samples. Barium was separated as BaSO4 precipitate and deposited on a standard carrier film used for absolute measurement with a layer thickness of about 1 mg/cm2. These samples were simultaneously measured by means of a 4π beta proportional counter and a Nal(Tl) scintillation counter. From corresponding counting rates in both counters, and from both known efficiencies, the value for a correction appropriate to one disintegration of 137mBa was calculated. The values measured were used further for computation of the internal conversion coefficient and the half-life of 137'mBa, which was ascertained to be 155 ± 3 s. (author)

  20. Fractionation of 137Cs and Pu in natural peatland

    High Cs-137 concentrations in plants growing on peatland inspired us to investigate the quantity of its bioavailable fraction in natural peat. Our investigation aims to: a) estimate the quantity of bioavailable Cs-137 and Pu present in peat, b) verify the similarity of Cs-137 and K-40 behaviours, and c) perform a quantification of Cs-137 and Pu transfer from peat to plants. We analysed the vertical distribution of Cs-137 and Pu isotopes in the peat and their concentrations in plants growing on these places. Bioavailability of radionuclides was investigated by sequential extraction. Sequential analyses revealed that it was the upper layer which contained the majority of Cs-137 in an available form while deeper layers retained Cs-137 in immobile fractions. We can conclude that 18% of all Cs-137 in the peat is still bioavailable. Despite of the low quantity of bioavailable fraction of Cs-137 its transfer factor reached extremely high values. In the case of Pu, 64% of its total amount was associated with fulvic/humic acids which resulted in the high transfer factor from peat to plants. 27 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the significant part of radionuclides deposited in peatland is still bioavailable. - Highlights: • Decrease of exchangeable 137Cs and its increase in residual fraction with depth. • High 137Cs transfer factor contrary to its low quantity in bioavailable fractions. • Fulvic/humic acids are a more effective carrier for Pu than for Cs

  1. Body burden and distribution of 137Cs in reindeer

    The whole body was collected from 6 reindeer that had been grazing contaminated pasture and from 6 reindeer that had been fed uncontaminated feed the last weeks before slaughter. The body was emptied from in-gesta and weighed. Samples were taken from skeletal muscle, kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, rumen wall, bone and blood. The total activity of 137Cs in the ingesta-free body and the activity concentration of l37Cs in the different tissues were determined. The highest acitivity concentrations of l37Cs were found in skeletal muscle and in kidneys. Activity concentrations in kidneys, heart, liver, lungs and rumen wall, relative to skeletal muscle, were lower in reindeer with decreasing radiocaesium levels, compared to reindeer with continuous intake of radiocaesium, indicating a more rapid elimination in these tissues than in muscle. The ratios between average activity concentration of 137Cs in whole body and acitivity concentration in muscle from the same animal, ranged from 0.51 to 0.62. A factor of 0.57 is suggested for calculating average body activity concentration of radiocaesium from known activity concentration in muscle

  2. The use of tree bark as long term biomonitor of (137)Cs deposition.

    Cosma, Constantin; Iurian, Andra-Rada; Incze, Reka; Kovacs, Tibor; Žunić, Zora S

    2016-03-01

    Airborne (137)Cs originated from the nuclear tests in the atmosphere and from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was retained by the trees biomass and nowadays it can still be found in various concentrations in tree barks from Romania and other European countries. This study brings the first results of (137)Cs presence in tree bark from Romania on different considerations: (i) data dispersion in spruce and oak bark from NW, SW and central Romania, and the spatial variability of (137)Cs within oak and spruce bark from a natural protected forest area from Balvanyos area (Covasna County), known to be highly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear release; (ii) comparison of (137)Cs content in different tree bark species (oak, spruce, poplar and cherry); (iii) differences in (137)Cs concentrations with the bark depth layers and around the tree trunk; and (iv) comparison of mean (137)Cs values in spruce/oak bark from Romania with data from other European countries. PMID:26771244

  3. Uptake of 137Cs in cultured fresh water fish (Cyprinus carpio): physiological and histological effects

    An experiment was conducted in fresh-water fish (Cyprinus carpio) cultured, in small water tanks, artificially contaminated with radioactive 137Cs (3000 Bq/1) to determine the uptake of 137Cs and its physiological and histological effects in different fish organs. It was found that 137Cs was located in muscular tissues, gills, head muscles, liver and kidneys. Moderate amounts were found in spleen, eyes, gonads, intestine and urinary bladder. It seems that sorption was of much less importance than ingestion in the uptake of 137Cs. The histological examination in musculature tissue, revealed an acute hyperemia with focal haemorrages which may be due to allergic effects of 137Cs. Hyperemia and focal fatty degeneration of hepatic cells was also noted in the liver which may be due to toxic effects of 137Cs. Diffused hyperemia has also occurred in the brain and focal degeneration of epithelial cells of renal tubules. (Author)

  4. Distribution of Na, K, Rb, Cs, and 137Cs in some Austrian higher fungi

    The level of 137Cs in 28 species of mushroom collected and analyzed between 1986 and 1992, after the Chernobyl accident, are reported. Xerocomus badius was found to accumulate 137Cs (the median value of 58 samples is 3667 Bq/kg). The 137Cs content of Rozites caperata, Scleroderma vulgare, and Tylopilus felleus exceeded 600 Bq/kg. Some of these samples collected in August 1992 were investigated for their 134Cs and 137Cs content as well as their Na, K, Rb, and Cs levels by applying instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The results show a high correlation coefficient (0.80) between the contents of 137Cs and Na, but none between 137Cs and K

  5. Inferring the chemical form of 137Cs deposited by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident by measuring (137)Cs incorporated into needle leaves and male cones of Japanese cedar trees.

    Kanasashi, Tsutomu; Takenaka, Chisato; Sugiura, Yuki

    2016-05-15

    We hypothesized that the water-soluble (ionic) and water-insoluble (stable) radiocesium from the initial fallout of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident was distributed in various proportions in the surrounding areas and that this distribution was reflected in the trees that suffered deposition from the initial fallout. This study attempted to evaluate local variations in the chemical form of (137)Cs derived from the initial fallout of the FDNPP accident and whether its chemical form affected the radiocesium concentration in the tissues currently growing in trees, even after the initial fallout ceased. For these estimations, the ratio between the (137)Cs concentration in Cryptomeria japonica needle leaves in the tree crown, which existed before the FDNPP accident and subsequently directly exposed to the initial fallout ((137)Cs pre-accident N), and the amount of (137)Cs in the initial fallout itself ((137)Cs fallout) was determined ((137)Cs pre-accident N/(137)Cs fallout) at 66 sites. In addition, the (137)Cs ratios between the male cones produced in 2012 ((137)Cs male cone) and needle leaves that had elongated in the spring of 2011 ((137)Cs 2011N) was determined at 82 sites ((137)Cs male cone/(137) Cs 2011N). Most of the sites with lower (137)Cs pre-accident N /(137)Cs fallout ratios were distributed in eastern Fukushima, relatively close to the Pacific Ocean coastline. Lower (137)Cs pre-accident N/(137)Cs fallout and higher (137)Cs malecone/(137)Cs 2011N were found to be associated with higher proportions of (137)Cs in ionic forms. These observations are consistent with the hypothesis, and likely reflect regional variations in the chemical form of the deposited radiocesium. PMID:26990074

  6. The organic matter of forest soil as an incorporator of 137Cs

    The decomposition of a forest litter in forest ecosystems contaminated by radionuclides is accompanied by the accumulation of organomineral compounds associated with 137Cs in deeper soil layers. The highest level of 13Cs in the upper organic-reach soil layers was found in the insoluble fraction of organic matter, hemicellulose and cellulose. Due to a high level of the 137Cs accumulation in a forest litter, the last generates a substantial part of the 137Cs background in forests

  7. Possibility of soil clean-up from 137Cs in coast part of drainage system

    The net of drainage canals is used for the collection of the surface ground waters on the radioactive waste storage at the MosNPO RADON. The soils of the drainage system were contaminated by 137-Cs migrating in the direction of the common flow. A unique technology was elaborated permitting to extract 137Cs from soil 90% and to concentrate 137-Cs on the selective inorganic sorbent (nickel ferrocyanide). This technology combines electrokinetics, membrane and sorption methods of the contaminated media cleaning

  8. 137Cs and 90Sr concentration in the Baltic Sea coastal zone

    The results of the 137Cs and 90Sr concentration measurements in the Baltic Sea coastal zone (near the settlement of Juodkrante) are presented. The concentration variation range is from 0.3 to 1.2 nCi/m3. The maximum 137Cs concentration is observed in autumn and the minimum one - in summer. 137Cs/90Sr concentration ratio in summer and autumn of 1977 was over 1, and that of April 1976 was less than 0.5

  9. {sup 137}Cs contaminated waste disposal in cement factory: Environmental problems; Smaltimento di scorie contaminate da {sup 137}Cs in un cementificio: problematiche ambientali

    Bianchi, D.; Cammarata, E.; Marzolla, N.; Rabbia, G.; Vescovi, A.; Astori, E. [Alessandria USL 20, Alessandria (Italy). Lab. di sanita` pubblica; Cagliero, S. [Cuneo USL 15, Cuneo (Italy). Lab. di sanita` pubblica

    1995-09-01

    In the course of utilization (May-June `91) of aluminum slags polluted by {sup 137}Cs at the cement factory Presacementi in Robilante (Cuneo, Italy) and during the following months, samples were taken in particular points of the plant, at fixed frequencies. Samples were analyzed to determine {sup 137}Cs concentration. Collected data were used to study the behaviour of the element throughout the process. Emissions and ground level air concentrations were estimated from the available data. Contamination of the manufactured cement were monitored until negligible values of {sup 137}Cs concentration were attained.

  10. Transfer of 137Cs from soil to plants in a wet montane forest in subtropical Taiwan

    The distribution of 137Cs in an undisturbed, multistoried, subtropical wet montane forest ecosystem surrounding Yuanyang Lake (lake surface level ca. 1670 m, in northeastern Taiwan), was investigated. The mossy forest here represents a currently-rare perhumid temperate environment in subtropical region. The radioactivity concentration of 137Cs was determined by γ-spectroscopy with a Ge(Li) detector. Although the soil is extremely acidic (pH 3.3 to 3.6) and the rainfall is high, 137Cs is evidently retained in the organic layer. The radioactivity concentration of 137Cs in surface soil ranges from 28 to 71 Bq x kg-1. The concentrations of 137Cs in the ground moss layer and litter were much lower than that in the soil organic layer; this suggests that 137Cs detected is not from the newly deposited radioactive fallout. The radioactivity concentration and transfer factor (TF) of 137Cs varied with plant species. Shrubs and ferns have higher values than a coniferous tree (Taiwan cedar). The TF in this ecosystem is as high as 0.21 to 1.88. The high values of TF is attributed to the abundance of the organic matter in the forest soils. The rapid recycling of 137Cs through the soil-plant system of this undisturbed multistoried ecosystem suggests the existence of an internal cycling that help the accumulation of 137Cs in this ecosystem. (author)

  11. 137Cs radiation burden on children from a highly contaminated area of Belarus

    The radiation burden from 137Cs sources on 22 children from a small Byelorussian village was studied from 1992 to 1994. Foodstuff, whole body burden and urinary excretion of 137Cs were measured, intake rates, biological half-lives and doses were calculated. The median value for the 137Cs whole body incorporation level was found to be 124 Bq, the biological half life was calculated as 68 d for girls and 50 d for boys. The internal dose caused by 137Cs was found to be negligible in comparison to that from external sources. No deviation from normal values could be shown in simultaneously studied clinico-chemical parameters

  12. The effect of fertilizer applications on 137Cs uptake by different plant species and vegetation types

    A trial carried out in a greenhouse over a two-year period is discussed. The effects on 137Cs concentration in plants, roots and soil have been investigated versus the grassland species composition (legume, grass and mixture) and eight combinations of mineral fertilizers (NPK). The results indicate: (a) the effect of K fertilizer in reducing 137Cs plant absorption; (b) the effect of N fertilizer in favouring grass growth and radiocaesium absorption; (c) for all fertilizer combinations, a higher 137Cs storage in the root system of the legumes and a lower 137Cs absorption in the plants. (author)

  13. The 137Cs activity and its geographical significance in terrestrial ecosystem of Great Wall Station, Antarctica

    2000-01-01

    The radioactive isotope——137 Cs is one of the important tracers for studying the physical processes and the human impacts on the environment. Based on the investigation results of the terrestrial ecosystem of Great Wall Station, Antarctica, it was shown that there are some artificial radioactive elements——137Cs in Antarctic terrestrial ecosystem. The sequence of 137Cs specific activities is as follows: crustaceous lichen>fruticose lichen>surface-moss>surface soil, and the crustaceous lichen is one of the most sensitive ways in monitoring the impact of the long-term diffusion of 137Cs on the environment.

  14. 137Cs contamination of Techa river flood plain in Brodokalmak settlement

    137Cs contamination of the Techa river flood plain inside the Brodokalmak settlement has been mapped. The collimated scintillated detector technique was used for 137Cs deposit measurements. The 137Cs contamination is very heterogeneous. A comparison of this technique with the traditional sample method was performed at selected locations. The sampling data are in good agreement with in-situ data. Soil surface activity of 90Sr was determined from the samples. It was shown that 137Cs contamination correlates with 90Sr contamination within the flood plain of the settlement

  15. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on 137Cs uptake by plants grown on different soils

    The potential use of mycorrhiza as a bioremediation agent for soils contaminated by radiocesium was evaluated in a greenhouse experiment. The uptake of 137Cs by cucumber, perennial ryegrass, and sunflower after inoculation with a commercial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) product in soils contaminated with 137Cs was investigated, with non-mycorrhizal quinoa included as a “reference” plant. The effect of cucumber and ryegrass inoculation with AM fungi on 137Cs uptake was inconsistent. The effect of AM fungi was most pronounced in sunflower: both plant biomass and 137Cs uptake increased on loamy sand and loamy soils. The total 137Cs activity accumulated within AM host sunflower on loamy sand and loamy soils was 2.4 and 3.2-fold higher than in non-inoculated plants. Although the enhanced uptake of 137Cs by quinoa plants on loamy soil inoculated by the AM fungi was observed, the infection of the fungi to the plants was not confirmed. - Highlights: ► Effect of soil inoculation on 137Cs uptake by crops was studied in greenhouse. ► 137Cs uptake by inoculated sunflower plants was most pronounced. ► The higher 137Cs uptake by inoculated sunflower due to presence of mycorrhiza. ► Studies suggest potential for use of mycorrhiza on contaminated sites.

  16. Effect of application timing of potassium fertilizer on root uptake of 137Cs in brown rice

    We investigated the optimal timing and quantity of K to reduce radiocesium in brown rice. The concentration of 137Cs in brown rice was reduced from 32 Bq kg-1 without K fertilizer to 2.0 Bq kg-1 with 16 g m-2 of basal K. The concentration of exchangeable 137Cs in the soil decreased from 234 to 25 Bq kg-1 with increasing application of K fertilizer from 0 to 57 g m-2. Hence, heavy application of K fertilizer in the early growing period can decrease the uptake of 137Cs by rice plants and the concentration of exchangeable 137Cs in the soil. (author)

  17. Concentrations of 137Cs in soils and selected forest plants in Taiwan

    Fallout 137Cs activities in soils and trees were measured from samples taken in mountainous areas and along three cross-island highways in Taiwan. Typical concentration in near-surface samples is about 5 Bq kg-1 depending on soil density. No correlation was found between the concentrations of 137Cs and stable elements in soils. Mechanical disturbance and soil density were identified as major causes for redistribution of 137Cs in both forest soils and trees. The transfer coefficient of 137Cs from soil to bastard banian estimated is 0.23. (author)

  18. 137Cs in carpets of the forest moss Pleurozium schreberi, 1961-1973

    Accumulation, retention and internal cycling of the fallout radionuclide 137Cs (physical half-life=30.2 a) were studied in forest moss Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt. collected in southern Sweden during the period 1961-1973. The highest 137Cs concentrations occurred in the green top parts of the living moss. A major part of the deposited 137Cs is available for transport from the dying to growing parts of the moss.Elimination of 137Cs from living moss, as well as from dead moss, throughout 1968-1973, can be characterized by the same mean residence time (4+-1 a). 137Cs and naturally occurring stable K show different behaviour in the moss, so that the 137Cs/K ratio is higher by a factor of approximately 2 in the dead parts of the moss than in the living parts. The vertical distribution of 137Cs in the moss-covered ground has been described theoretically. Relative penetration of 137Cs is about 5 times higher in ground covered by moss-carpets than in ground covered by lichen-carpets. Throughout 1969-1973, the total amount of 137Cs retained in the moss-carpet was 64.2+-2.2 nCi.m-2. (author)

  19. Soil-dependent uptake of 137Cs by mushrooms: experimental study in the Chernobyl accident areas

    The influence of agrochemical properties of forest soils and growth conditions on 137Cs aggregated transfer factors from soil to different species of forest mushrooms have been analysed. Statistically significant correlations between 137Cs soil to mushroom aggregated transfer factors and agrochemical soil properties have been revealed. The experimental data show that 137Cs aggregated transfer factors depend on the mushroom's trophic group, biological family, genus and species. They also strongly depend on forest soil properties and their values can be estimated with the use of multiple regression equations constructed from agrochemical soil parameters which most closely correlate with the 137Cs transfer parameters for particular mushroom groups

  20. Distribution characteristics of 137Cs in soil profiles under different land uses and its implication

    This paper presents a study of the distribution of 137Cs in soils under three different land uses in a semiarid watershed. The results showed the average inventory of 137Cs in the cultivated land, woodland and grassland was 888, 1489 and 1650 Bq/m2, respectively. The pattern of depth distribution of 137Cs in the soil profiles with cultivated land, woodland and grassland was disturbed, eroding and aggrading, and normal profiles, respectively. The coefficient of variation of 137Cs inventory varied from 8.9 to 38.8 % for different land uses. (author)

  1. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi mediated uptake of 137Cs in leek and ryegrass

    In a first experiment of soil contaminated with 137Cs, inoculation with a mixture of arbuscular mycorrhizae enhanced the uptake of 137Cs by leek under greenhouse conditions, while no effect on the uptake by ryegrass was observed. The mycorrhizal infection frequency in leek was independent of whether the 137Cs-contaminated soil was inoculated with mycorrhizal spores or not. The lack of mycorrhizae-mediated uptake of 137Cs in ryegrass could be due to the high root density, which was about four times that of leek, or due to a less well functioning mycorrhizal symbiosis than of leek. In a second experiment, ryegrass was grown for a period of four cuts. Additions of fungi enhanced 137Cs uptake of all harvests, improved dry weight production in the first cut, and also improved the mycorrhizal infection frequencies in the roots. No differences were obtained between the two fungal inoculums investigated with respect to biomass production or 137Cs uptake, but root colonization differed. We conclude that, under certain circumstances, mycorrhizae affect plant uptake of 137Cs. There may be a potential for selecting fungal strains that stimulate 137Cs accumulation in crops. The use of ryegrass seems to be rather ineffective for remediation of 137Cs-contaminated soil

  2. 137Cs use in estimating soil erosion: 30 years of research

    Significant amounts of fallout 137Cs from nuclear weapons tests were introduced to the landscape during the 1950s and 1960s. Once 137Cs reaches the soil surface it is strongly and quickly adsorbed by clay particles, and is essentially nonexchangeable in most environments. Thus, 137Cs becomes and effective tracer of the movement of soil particles across the landscape. Over the past 30 years, researchers have shown that 137Cs can be used to study soil movement. Early work used empirical relationships between soil loss and 137Cs loss to estimate erosion. This was followed by the development of proportional and theoretical models to relate 137Cs movement and soil redistribution. Most of the problems related to the 137Cs technique are the same as those encountered with other techniques (i.e., sampling, measurement). The 137Cs technique can make actual measurements of soil loss and redeposition in fields, fostering the formulation of better plans to conserve the quality of the landscape. This paper reviews the development of the 137Cs technique to show how it can be used to understand erosion and soil movement on the landscape. (author)

  3. Rates of leaching of 137Cs and potassium from different plant litters

    Mature plants of Calluna vulgaris, Trifolium repens and Agrostis capillaris were labelled with 137Cs by uptake through the roots. Shoot material was allowed to dry to give plant litters adequately labelled for leaching experiments, using microcosms subjected to a number of applied treatments. Measurements were made of 137Cs activity, potassium content and pH on the leachates from each microcosm obtained every 2 weeks over a 3-month period. The respiration rate of the litter was also measured to give an index of microbial activity. At the end of the experiment, 137Cs and K contents of the residual litter were measured. Generally, the rate of release of 137Cs from Calluna litter was slower than that from Trifolium or Agrostis. After 3 months, the loss of 137Cs from Calluna litter had stabilised at about 30-40% of the original. Trifolium had lost 60% of the initial 137Cs over the same period, whilst Agrostis had lost about 70%. Repeated drying and rewetting treatment, compared to a continuous moistened state, resulted in the stabilisation of 137Cs within Trifolium and Agrostis litters. In Agrostis and Trifolium, the release of potassium was greater and more rapid than the release of 137Cs, with only 10% of the original K remaining in the litter after 2 months. In Calluna, the release of K resembled the release of 137Cs more closely. (author)

  4. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi mediated uptake of {sup 137}Cs in leek and ryegrass

    Rosen, Klas; Weiliang, Zhong; Maertensson, Anna [Department of Soil Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences P.O. Box 7014, SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2005-02-15

    In a first experiment of soil contaminated with {sup 137}Cs, inoculation with a mixture of arbuscular mycorrhizae enhanced the uptake of {sup 137}Cs by leek under greenhouse conditions, while no effect on the uptake by ryegrass was observed. The mycorrhizal infection frequency in leek was independent of whether the {sup 137}Cs-contaminated soil was inoculated with mycorrhizal spores or not. The lack of mycorrhizae-mediated uptake of {sup 137}Cs in ryegrass could be due to the high root density, which was about four times that of leek, or due to a less well functioning mycorrhizal symbiosis than of leek. In a second experiment, ryegrass was grown for a period of four cuts. Additions of fungi enhanced {sup 137}Cs uptake of all harvests, improved dry weight production in the first cut, and also improved the mycorrhizal infection frequencies in the roots. No differences were obtained between the two fungal inoculums investigated with respect to biomass production or {sup 137}Cs uptake, but root colonization differed. We conclude that, under certain circumstances, mycorrhizae affect plant uptake of {sup 137}Cs. There may be a potential for selecting fungal strains that stimulate {sup 137}Cs accumulation in crops. The use of ryegrass seems to be rather ineffective for remediation of {sup 137}Cs-contaminated soil.

  5. Uptake and translocation of {sup 137}Cs by Houttuynia cordata (in water culture)

    Kimura, Shojiro; Yamaoki, Rumi [Osaka Univ. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Takatsuki (Japan)

    2001-08-01

    The water culture experiment of Houttuynia cordata of the medicinal plant was carried out, and basic study on {sup 137}Cs accumulation characteristic and internal circulation in H. cordata in the fruiting stage was investigated since the flowering season. H. cordata accumulated 80% of {sup 137}Cs absorbed unlike K to the root, rhizome, terminal bud of the underground part for the rhizome reproduction. {sup 137}Cs content to the young leaf, spike, involucre increased in the flowering season. Thereafter, {sup 137}Cs was recirculated to the developing organs in second generations such as the rhizome and bud. (author)

  6. Uptake and translocation of 137Cs by Houttuynia cordata (in water culture)

    The water culture experiment of Houttuynia cordata of the medicinal plant was carried out, and basic study on 137Cs accumulation characteristic and internal circulation in H. cordata in the fruiting stage was investigated since the flowering season. H. cordata accumulated 80% of 137Cs absorbed unlike K to the root, rhizome, terminal bud of the underground part for the rhizome reproduction. 137Cs content to the young leaf, spike, involucre increased in the flowering season. Thereafter, 137Cs was recirculated to the developing organs in second generations such as the rhizome and bud. (author)

  7. Long-term behaviours of 137Cs in simulated crop fields

    In order to understand the long-term behaviour of 137Cs in crop fields, root uptake and underground distribution of 137Cs were investigated through a greenhouse experiment where 137Cs was mixed with topsoil in culture boxes and rice, soybean and Chinese cabbage were grown for 4 years. Soil-to-plant transfer factors of 137Cs for hulled rice, rice straw, soybean seed and Chinese cabbage reduced by factors of 3-10 depending on crops, and leaching of 137Cs from the rice culture box decreased by a factor of about 7, in 3 years. The 137Cs transfer factor for soybean seed were several times higher than that for hulled rice. The amount of 137Cs leaching during the growing season of rice was as low as 0.025% of applied activity even in the 1st year. The uniformity of 137Cs distribution in topsoil tended to improve year by year. The present results may be utilized as basic information for the environmental impact assessment and the counter-measure decision when crop fields are contaminated with 137Cs

  8. Some biological factors related to the 137Cs concentration of marine organisms

    Marine Ecology Research Institute has been studying the factors controlling the concentration of radionuclides in marine biota. Weight of fish seemed to be an important factor controlling the concentration of 137Cs because of the good correlation observed between the weight and the concentration of 137Cs. Food habits also seemed to be an important factor because fishes in higher trophic levels tended to indicate higher concentration factors and a positive correlation was observed between the concentrations of predator fishes and those of the foodstuff. Gender could be another factor controlling the concentration of 137Cs because the difference of 137Cs between gender was observed in rockfish and marbled sole. (author)

  9. Uptake of {sup 137}Cs by fresh water fish

    Man, C.K.; Kwok, Y.H

    2000-02-01

    The uptake and discharge rates of {sup 137}Cs by fresh water fish at different radionuclide concentrations have been studied. A dual compartment model was used to fit the experimental data. The discharge rates have been found to be negligible for the duration of the experiment of 10 days. The uptake rates were independent of radionuclide concentrations for a particular type of fresh water fish and were different for different types of fish. The uptake rates of carp, tilapia and snakehead were 1.58, 1.66 and 2.23, in unit of 10{sup -6} h{sup -1}, respectively. It was also estimated that the consumption of fresh water fish, even if the water were contaminated as much as that in the Chernobyl accident, leads to negligible latent cancer fatality to the Hong Kong population.

  10. Uptake of 137Cs by fresh water fish

    The uptake and discharge rates of 137Cs by fresh water fish at different radionuclide concentrations have been studied. A dual compartment model was used to fit the experimental data. The discharge rates have been found to be negligible for the duration of the experiment of 10 days. The uptake rates were independent of radionuclide concentrations for a particular type of fresh water fish and were different for different types of fish. The uptake rates of carp, tilapia and snakehead were 1.58, 1.66 and 2.23, in unit of 10-6 h-1, respectively. It was also estimated that the consumption of fresh water fish, even if the water were contaminated as much as that in the Chernobyl accident, leads to negligible latent cancer fatality to the Hong Kong population

  11. 137Cs leaching through cement-radwaste matrix

    To assess the safety for disposal of radioactive mortar-waste composition, the leaching of 137Cs from a waste composite into a surrounding fluid has been studied. Leaching tests were carried out in accordance with a method recommended by IAEA. Determination of retardation factors, KF and coefficients of distribution, kd, using a simplified mathematical model for analyzing the migration of radionuclides, has been developed. In our experiment we have achieved the lowest leaching values after 120, days for each samples. Results presented in this paper are examples of results obtained in a 30 year mortar and concrete testing project, which will influence the design of the engineered trenches system for a future central Serbian radioactive waste storage center. (author)

  12. Recent 137Cs deposition in sediments of Admiralty Bay, Antarctica

    Cesium-137, radium-226 and lead-210 profiles of a 25 cm sediment core give an indication of recent changes in land-ocean interactions at a polar coastal environment (Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica). The linear sedimentation accumulation rate at the study site calculated from the unsupported 210Pb profile was 6.7 mm/year from 1965 to 2005. A 3.5-fold increase in 137Cs concentrations was observed in the top layer of this sediment core. This sharp increase seems to indicate a recent redistribution of fallout radionuclides previously deposited on soil, vegetation and snow. These results imply enhanced land-ocean interactions at this site likely as a result of climate change. Because our results are based on a single core, additional investigations are needed to confirm our observations.

  13. 137Cs penetration through concrete in radioactive waste management

    To assess the safety for disposal of radioactive waste-concrete composition, the leaching of 137Cs from a waste composite into a surrounding fluid has been studied. Leaching tests were carried out in accordance with a method recommended by IAEA. Determination of retardation factors, KF and coefficients of distribution, kd, using a simplified mathematical model for analyzing the migration of radionuclides, has been developed. In our experiment we have achieved the lowest leaching values after 60 days in samples. Results presented in this paper are examples of results obtained in a 20 year mortar and concrete testing project, which will influence the design of the engineered trenches system for a future central Serbian radioactive waste storage center. (author)

  14. Estimation of vertical migration velocity of 137Cs in the Mount IDA/Kazdagi, Turkey

    This paper presents the results obtained from a radioecological study carried out in the forest sites of Mount IDA (Kazdagi)/Edremit, Turkey. For 118 soil profiles, the depth distribution of 137Cs activity was established by fitting the experimental points to an exponential, a gaussian or a log-normal function. The relaxation lengths were in the range of 1.09–16.7 cm with a mean of 5.73 cm, showing a slow transport and a strong retention capacity of 137Cs even after the 26-y period of Chernobyl accident. From the data for the vertical distribution of 137Cs in soil profiles, the mean annual migration velocity of 137Cs was in the range of 0.11–0.62 cm year−1 with a mean of 0.30 cm year−1. Statistically significant correlations between the thickness of the humus layer and the mean annual velocity of 137Cs were found for both coniferous and mixed forest sites. The mean annual velocity of 137Cs in the forests sites with Pinus nigra var pallasiana was significantly higher than sites with Pinus brutia. External dose-rates from the 137Cs in forest soils were estimated using a conversion factor used in many studies and comprised with the external dose-rates determined according to the vertical distribution of 137Cs within the soil depth profiles. It is clearly seen that both levels and spatial distribution patterns of the external dose-rates from 137Cs were influenced considerably with the vertical migration rate and the vertical distribution of 137Cs. - Highlights: • The vertical migration of 137Cs was investigated in the forests at the Mount IDA. • The relaxation lengths of 137Cs are found in the range of 1.09–16.67 cm. • The mean annual velocity of 137Cs is found in the range of 0.11–0.62 cm year−1. • External dose-rates determined using the vertical distribution of 137Cs. • The external dose-rates were influenced with the vertical distribution of 137Cs

  15. Atmospheric deposition of radioactive cesium (137Cs) associated with dust events in East Asia

    Since the cessation of atmospheric nuclear testing in 1980, there has been no known serious atmospheric contamination by radioactive cesium (sup(137)Cs) apart from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in 1986. There now remain only small amounts of anthropogenic radionuclides in the atmosphere that can be directly related to past testing. However, sup(137)Cs is still regularly found in atmospheric deposition samples in Japan. In this study, we analyzed sup(137)Cs monitoring data, meteorological data, and field survey results to investigate the recent transport and deposition of sup(137)Cs associated with dust phenomena. Monthly records of nationwide sup(137)Cs deposition in Japan during the 1990s show a consistent seasonal variation, with higher levels of deposition occurring in spring. In March 2002, an unexpectedly high amount of sup(137)Cs was deposited in the northwestern coastal area of Japan at the same time as an Asian dust event was observed. Analysis of land-based weather data showed that sandstorms and other dust-raising phenomena also occurred in March 2002 over areas of Mongolia and northeastern China where grassland and shrubs predominated. Furthermore, radioactivity measurements showed sup(137)Cs enrichment in the surface layer of grassland soils in the areas affected by these sandstorms. These results suggest that grasslands are potential sources of sup(137)Cs-bearing dust. Continued desertification of the East Asian continent in response to recent climate change can be expected to result in an increase in sup(137)Cs-bearing soil particles in the atmosphere, and their subsequent re-deposition in Japan. However, soil dust is also raised around Japanese monitoring sites by the strong winds that are common in Japan in spring, and this local dust might also contribute to sup(137)Cs deposition in Japan. To estimate the relative contributions of local and distant dust events to the total sup(137)Cs deposition, we monitored deposition of mineral particles

  16. 137Cs distribution and geochemistry of Lena River (Siberia) drainage basin lake sediments

    The Lena River is the second largest river that discharges into the Arctic Ocean. It is therefore important to determine not only the direct impact its discharge has on the 137Cs concentration of the Arctic, but also the potential its drainage basin has as a 137Cs source. 137Cs surface sediment concentrations and inventory values, which range from 4.97 to 338 Bq kg-1 and 357 to 1732 Bq m-2, respectively, were determined for the Lena River drainage basin lake samples, via gamma analysis. The average geochemical and mineralogical composition of a subset of samples was also determined using neutron activation analysis, X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry techniques. Results of these geochemical analyses allowed for the identification of key geochemical factors that influence the distribution of 137Cs in the Lena River drainage basin. 137Cs profiles indicate that Lena River drainage basin lacustrine sediments serve as a record of 137Cs fallout. Based on the downcore 137Cs, %illite, %smectite, %Al and %Mn distribution patterns, it was concluded that a small fraction of non-selectively bound 137Cs was remobilized at depth in some cores. Inconsistencies between the actual 137Cs fallout record and the 137Cs profiles determined for the lake sediments were attributed to 137Cs remobilization in subsurface sediments. In addition to establishing the agreement between the global atmospheric fallout record and the downcore 137Cs distribution patterns determined for these sediments, results indicate that 137Cs deposited during periods of maximum atmospheric release was buried and is not susceptible to surface erosion processes. However, mean 137Cs concentrations of the lacustrine surface sediments (125 Bq kg-1) are still significantly higher than those of the nearby Lena River estuary (11.22 Bq kg-1) and Laptev Sea (6.00 Bq kg-1). Our study suggests that the Lena River drainage basin has the potential to serve as a source of 137Cs to the adjacent Arctic Ocean

  17. Uptake, retention and organ/tissue distribution of 137Cs by Japanese catfish (Silurus asotus Linnaeus)

    The work describes the uptake, retention/biological elimination and organ/tissue distribution of 137Cs by freshwater Japanese catfish (Silurus asotus Linnaeus) under laboratory conditions. The fish were divided into three groups based on their size and age and reared in 137Cs-spiked water. The concentration of 137Cs in the whole body of the live fish was measured at regular intervals up to 60 days. A significant accumulation of 137Cs was found, but a steady state condition was not achieved by the end of the experiment. The bioaccumulation factors at steady state and the required time to reach steady state were estimated to be 1.55 and 255 days, 1.76 and 180 days and 1.99 and 160 days for large, medium and small size fish, respectively. To determine the effective half-life of 137Cs, the fish were transferred and reared in the non-contaminated host water. The concentration of the remaining 137Cs in the whole body of the live fish was measured up to 66 days. The average effective half-life of 137Cs in the fish species was found to be ∼142 days for fish of all sizes. The distribution of 137Cs in different organs/tissues of the fish was determined. Accumulation of 137Cs in muscle/flesh of the fish was found to be ∼75% of whole body accumulation. The uptake rate and the retention capability of juvenile fish were found to be higher and therefore, these were more susceptible to 137Cs than adult and old fish, and could be an important source of 137Cs in the human food chain

  18. Uptake, retention and organ/tissue distribution of 137Cs by Japanese catfish (Silurus asotus Linnaeus)

    The work describes the uptake, retention/biological elimination and organ/tissue distribution of 137Cs by Japanese Catfish (Silurus asotus Linnaeus) under laboratory conditions. The fish were divided in to three groups viz. large, medium and small based on their size and age and reared into the 137Cs spiked water. The concentration of 137Cs in the whole body of the live fish was measured at certain intervals up to 60 days. A significant accumulation of 137Cs was found but a steady state condition was not achieved by the end of the experiment. The Bfs at steady state condition and the required time were estimated to be 1.55 and 255 d, 1.76 and 180 d and 1.99 and 160 d for large, medium and small size fish respectively. To determine the effective halflife of 137Cs, the fish were transferred and reared into the non contaminated host water. The concentration of the remaining 137Cs in the whole body of the live fish was measured up to 66 days. The average effective half-life of 137Cs in the fish species was found to be ∼ 142 days for all size of fish. The uptake rate and the retention capability of juvenile fish were found to be higher and therefore, more susceptible to 137Cs than adult and old fish and could be an important source of 137Cs in the human food chain. The distribution of 137Cs in different organs/tissues of the fish were determined. Accumulation of 137Cs in muscle/flesh of the fish was found to be ∼ 75% of whole body accumulation. (author)

  19. Fire as an agent in redistributing fallout 137Cs in the Canadian boreal forest

    The presence of fallout 137Cs in the boreal forest and the effect of fire in redistributing 137Cs were studied in the remote region of Wood Buffalo National Park, N.W.T., Canada. Results of a preliminary study of five burned (the fire occurred in 1981) and five unburned stands conducted in 1986 revealed that 137Cs concentrations were higher in the surface soil of the burned stands than in the unburned ones. In 1989, a comprehensive study was conducted, in which one burned and one unburned white spruce stand were sampled in greater detail. The latter investigation also revealed a difference in the distribution of 137Cs within the burned stand compared to the unburned one. Specifically, in the unburned stand, the highest 137Cs concentration was identified in the epiphytic lichens and in the mosses, whereas in the burned stand, the highest concentration was measured in the surface organic soil. These results indicate that fire caused the mobilization of part of the 137Cs bound to the above-ground matter and concentrated it in the ash layer of the burned surface soil. An additional ecologically important finding in our study was that significantly lower total 137Cs load was observed in the burned stand compared to the unburned one. Hence, our data not only provide evidence that 137Cs is being redistributed within the burned stand to the surface soil, but also that part of the 137Cs is lost due to fire, presumably contaminating other ecosystems. Volatilization and fly-ash during the fire, and runoff (e.g. from snow melt) after the fire are the most likely mechanisms for the 137Cs removal. These findings point to fire as an agent of 137Cs secondary contamination for initially unaffected systems, as well as for those previously contaminated

  20. Study on separation of 137Cs from 235U fission process waste - utilization of silica gel-supported ferrocyanide complex salt for 137Cs picking

    In connection with the potential domestic demand especially in the fields of industry and nuclear medicine, the separation of 137Cs from 235U fission process waste is to be of interest although its economic value could be a polemic. A preliminary study on the separation of 137Cs from the 235U fission process waste generated in the production of 99Mo in P.T. BATAN Teknologi, Serpong, was performed through experiments on 137Cs picking from sample solution of the radioactive fission waste (RFW). The presented study is aimed to gain experimental data supporting utilization of the matrix of silica gel-supported ferrocyanide complex salt for the separation of 137Cs from RFW. Subsequent step would be the recovery and purification of 137Cs as part of production technology of 137Cs. The RFW sample was batch-treated with the matrix of silica gel-supported ferrocyanide complex salt which was synthesized from silica gel, potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) and copper(II) chloride. The binding of radioisotopes in RFW on the matrix was observed by γ-spectrometry of the RFW solution before and during the treatment. The results showed that approximately 85% of 137Cs could be picked from the RFW sample into the matrix. Less amount of 95Zr and 95Nb was bound into the matrix. 103Ru was slightly bound into the matrix whereas 141/144Ce and 129mTe were not. It was observed that by using 0.2 and 0.4 g of matrix for 10 ml of RFW, the amount of matrix influenced the binding quantity of 95Zr and 95Nb but not that of 137Cs. (author)

  1. Behavior of 137Cs concentrations in the North Pacific in an ocean general circulation model

    Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Hirose, Katsumi

    2003-08-01

    We have carried out a first simulation of the spatial distributions and the temporal variations of 137Cs concentrations in the North Pacific in off line calculations by using archived output of an ocean general circulation model (OGCM) developed by the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Artificial radionuclides including 137Cs are introduced into ocean surface due to global fallout originating from the large-scale atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in 1961-1962. The distribution of radioactive deposition used as forcing for this simulation is estimated from global precipitation data and observed values of annual deposition of radionuclides at the Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) in Japan. 137Cs originating from global fallout have been transported into the ocean interior by advection and diffusion, and the 137Cs concentrations reduced by radioactive decay. We assess the skill of the model calculations by comparing simulated values of 137Cs in seawater with the observed values included in the database compiled by MRI because 137Cs is one of the most useful tracers regarding water motion in the ocean. The vertical and horizontal distributions of the calculated 137Cs concentrations were in good agreement with those of the observed 137Cs concentrations, except in the deep layer.

  2. 137Cs in Finnish wild berries, mushrooms and game meat in 2000-2005

    Activity concentrations of 137Cs in wild berries, mushrooms and game meat were measured in samples collected during 2000-2005 in areas with varying 137Cs deposition levels in Finland. Depending on the 137Cs deposition levels in the sampling areas, the areal-mean activity concentrations of 137Cs were 10-230 Bq kg-1 in wild berries, 20-240 Bq kg-1 in moose meat and 10-3000 Bq kg-1 in all mushroom species. Compared with the 137Cs level of samples collected in 1986 in the corresponding areas, the reduction in the 137Cs level was about one third for wild berries, equal to the rate of radioactive decay of 137Cs. More reduction was observed in the activity concentrations of 137Cs in moose meat, on average up to 50% since 1986. The aggregated transfer coefficients from soil to wild berries showed no change since 1986-1988, while there was about one third reduction in those from soil to game meat. (orig.)

  3. Effect of some chemical compounds on assimilation of 137Cs by hens

    Data on the decrease of 137Cs transition to the organism of laying hens after introduction of ferrocyanide and certain minerals into their ration are presented.It is established that introduction of any high capacity substances into gastrointestinal tract decreases 137Cs contact with its wall decreasing its assimilation by organism

  4. 137Cs vertical distribution at the deep basins of the North and Central Aegean Sea, Greece

    Large volume seawater samples were collected for the determination of 137Cs concentration along with depth in the deep basins of North and Central Aegean Sea. The vertical 137Cs distribution showed maximum concentration at the bottom of the basins, while the minimum values corresponded to the intermediate layer, where Levantine water exists. The surface 137Cs activity is found to lie between the two limits and is originated from the Black Sea waters. The typical oceanographic advection–diffusion balance model is modified to a diffusion-settling-decay balance model to better understand the vertical distribution and variation of the 137Cs concentration in the deep basins. In addition, the diffusivity of each basin, as well as the settling speed of particulate 137Cs is also estimated. The results are compared with theoretical approach as well as with previous data. - Highlights: • Three deep basins were studied using 137Cs as a tracer. • Deep waters constitute 137Cs repositories due to deep water formation followed Chernobyl accident. • Diffusivities, as well as particulate 137Cs settling speeds are estimated

  5. Global distribution of 137Cs inputs for soil erosion and sedimentation studies

    A global distribution of 137Cs deposition from the atmospheric nuclear tests, with estimates for 1996, excluding Chernobyl contribution, is presented, based on the global deposition data for 90Sr. The data can be used to identify areas and countries, especially in the southern hemisphere, where the 137Cs inventories are appropriate for soil erosion and sedimentation studies. (author)

  6. Investigation of radionuclide 137Cs sorption by natural and synthetic zeolites

    Sorption-selective properties of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite, from the Sokirnitsky deposit of Ukraine, and synthetic zeolites relatively to radionuclide 137Cs and depending on pH and temperature were studied. A high sorption ability of clinoptilolite relatively to 137Cs was determined

  7. Uptake of 137Cs from acidic solution by ammonium molybdophosphate (AMP) immobilized in calcium alginate

    The uptake rate for Cs+ for AMP-Ca ALG was fairly fast and the uptake attained an equilibrium within 3 hours. The observed uptake varies between 80-96% depending on the concentration of 137Cs. 137Cs is one of the major radionuclide in the effluent generated at the middle and back end of nuclear fuel cycles

  8. Volatility of 137Cs and 90Sr from high-level waste glass

    Volatility of 137Cs and 90Sr from simulated high-level waste glass was examined in a closed system. The sample containing 137Cs or 90Sr was placed in a double-crucible, heated at a given temperature for 3 days and cooled to room temperature. Then the activity of 137Cs or 90Sr of the crucible was measured. Volatility of 137Cs at 8000C was measured to be about 2 x 10-2 g/cm2.day. The amount of the leakage of 137Cs from the inner crucible to the outer crucible was very small. Volatility of 137Cs at 4000C was about 1.6 x 10-6 g/cm2.day, which was almost the same as that of 90Sr at 4000C. This may indicate that fine particles adhering to the surface of the sample are the main cause of air contamination when the temperature is less than 4000C. Part of the 137Cs that was deposited on the surface of the outer crucible (stainless steel) dissolved in water at room temperature, which means that 137Cs deposited on a stainless steel surface may be easily removed by a decontamination process

  9. Field measurements of 137Cs behaviour in the litter layers of a pine forest in Ireland

    The migration of 137Cs down the forest soil profile is complex and governed by both physical and biological processes. In this forest study, two physic migration processes (137Cs leaching and little accumulation) have been evaluated and their contribution to the migration of the Chernobyl contamination compared. 1 ref., 3 figs

  10. Regularities of 137Cs distribution for the Mozyr' Poles'e landscapes

    Long-term investigations revealed lateral redistribution of 137Cs in geochemical conjugation of elementary landscapes of the Mozyr Poles'e. The systematic study allowed to separate the zones of accumulation and of prevalently biogenic and mechanical transport of 137Cs and to establish their correlation with landscape- geochemical structure of territory

  11. Assessment of 137Cs Activity Concentration in Soil from Tea Plantation Areas in Cameron Highlands

    137Cs is well known man-made radionuclide produced from nuclear industry. Nuclear weapon tests and nuclear accidents had contributed to presence of 137Cs into the worldwide environment including Malaysia. It has spread out to the entire world through the air and water current. Since Cameron Highlands is located at high altitude, there is a better chance of the 137Cs to settle down on the trees and later the soil underneath. In this study, the soil samples were taken at the slopes of two different tea plantation areas namely A and B. The soil samples were oven dried, ground, sieved and packed and sealed properly in plastic containers before measurement. Each plastic container contains around 450 g of sample. The measurement of 137Cs activity concentration was done using HPGe detector gamma spectrometer. The spectrum was analyzed using Gamma Vision software to calculate the activity concentration of 137Cs with energy peak of 661.66 keV. The activity concentration of 137Cs found in the samples ranged from 0.23 to 1.90 and 0.11 to 3.01 Bq/ kg for tea plantation A and tea plantation B, respectively. From the activity concentration of 137Cs result, it was comparable to the others research regarding to 137Cs in the soil around Asian. (Author)

  12. 40K, 134Cs and 137Cs in pollen, honey and soil surface layer in Croatia

    Specific activities of 40K, 134Cs and 137Cs in pollen, honey and in the first 25 cm of the surface soil layer were measured by gamma-spectrometry. Specific activity of 40K in pollen is about 1 order of magnitude higher than in honey. A 40K soil-to-pollen transfer coefficient (TC(40K)) of 0.436 ± 0.054 and a soil-to-honey transfer coefficient TC(40K) of 0.052 ± 0.008 were calculated as the mean of their respective values in 26 different segments of soil profile. Both parameters have very stable values over time as well as through different segments of vertical soil profile. 134Cs and 137Cs specific activities in pollen and honey decrease with time, resulting in a decrease of 137Cs soil-to-honey transfer factors (Tf(137Cs)) over time. The increase of the soil-to-honey Tf(137Cs) with increasing soil depth is a consequence of vertical distribution of 137Cs in soil. Soil-to-honey T f(137Cs) values are highest in meadow and mixed honey types and lowest in bush/tree honey. Similar trends are found for both Tf(134Cs) and Tf(137Cs). The results presented here indicate the importance of the caesium inventory in soil segments where plant root systems are developed

  13. Distribution of the radionuclide 137Cs in the soils of a wet mountainous forest in Taiwan

    The behavior of 137Cs was studied in the Yuanyang lake ecosystem, a wet mountainous forest in subtropical Taiwan. Soils investigated are either partially podzolic soils or nearly pure peats with a high organic matter concentration in the surface layer. Concentration of 137Cs was highest in the organic surface layers, particularly in the Oe horizon or in the underlying A horizon. The downwards migration to the mineral horizons is limited, in spite of the high rainfall. Topography is a critical factor for the distribution of 137Cs. It is shown that the concentration of 137Cs is highest at the foot of the slope and lower near the summit and near the lakeshore. The variation of the concentration along the landscape has been attributed to erosion-deposition in combination with surface run-off of the undisturbed forest. The amount of 137Cs in the site studied is significantly higher than at any other place in Taiwan. The accumulation of 137Cs is attributed to the high rainfall, which brought large amounts of 137Cs with the precipitation in the early 1960s. A very remarkable feature of the ecosystem is that 137Cs is not leached to the subsoils, but is stored in the biomass. Due to permanent recycling it remains available, without being leached downward

  14. Vertical distribution of 137Cs in the native forest soil at Londrina region (Parana, Brazil)

    The 137 Cs depth distribution has been studied in several areas in the world and its knowledge is very important to verify its behavior in the soil matrix. The form of 137 Cs depth distribution more observed in an undisturbed soil it is exponential type. In this work, the study of 137 Cs depth distribution was accomplished at three native forests and a coffee yard, built before the 137 Cs fallout, in the region of Londrina (Parana). The sampling was conducted in 1 cm, 2 cm, 4 cm and 5 cm increment depth. The 137 Cs inventory observed for the forests was 248 Bq m-2 (Mata1), 338 Bq m-2 (Mata2) and 325 Bq m-2 (MataUEL). No 137 Cs activity was detected in the coffee yard. The 137 Cs depth distribution for the three forests presented the exponential type. For the soil class of the forests, 137 Cs adsorbed on the soil particles can be considered fixed or slowly exchangeable. (author)

  15. Foliar leaching of 137Cs from Eriophorum vaginatum L., Scirpus caespitosus L. and Erica tetralix L

    Evidence of extensive leaching losses of nutrients, particularly of K, suggest that loss of 137Cs by foliar leaching could be considerable and could stimulate further root uptake and redistribution of 137Cs in plants. This study investigated the foliar leaching of 137Cs from two deciduous graminoid species, Eriophorum vaginatum and Scirpus caespitosus and one evergreen shrub, Erica tetralix. Plants were labelled with 137Cs via the roots and subjected to a leaching treatment in August and November and changes in both leachate and plant 137Cs activity were determined. Leaching losses were significantly reduced in November compared with August in the deciduous species, but not in the evergreen E. tetralix. A reduction in the total activity of 137Cs of leached plants was observed not only in leaves but also in stems and roots in some instances, suggesting that 137Cs from these organs had been redistributed to replenish that lost by leaching from the leaves. The data suggest that leaching losses were greater from older and senescent leaves than from younger leaves of E. vaginatum. The extent to which this is an accurate representation of foliar leaching of field-grown plants by rainfall, and the likely fate of 137Cs lost by foliar leaching are discussed. (author)

  16. Long-term ingestion dose monitoring in a population group with increased 137Cs intake

    137Cs amounts and ingestion doses in Czech population have been monitored by whole-body counting since the Chernobyl accident. Indirect estimation of the retention through measurement of 137Cs excreted with urine in 24 hours has also been performed since 1987. The 137Cs content in human body can be calculated from the urine data provided that the intake of 137Cs during the period of interest is constant. In a semi-natural environment, the 137Cs content in mushrooms, wild berries and game decreases due to its natural decay solely. The 137Cs content in people who mostly consume venison and have been living in an area with elevated contamination has been monitored, mostly through measurement of 137Cs in urine. In parallel, measurements with a mobile whole-body counter have also been performed. Currently, annual doses from the ingestion of 137Cs in the inhabitants are very low (0.001 to 0.002 mSv.year-1). In a group of hunters in the Jeseniky Mountains (Northern Moravia) the doses were estimated to 0.10 mSv.year-1. (orig.)

  17. Accumulation and Elimination of 137Cs Radionuclide by gold fish (Cyprinus Carpio)

    A study to estimate accumulation and elimination of 137Cs radionuclide by gold fish (Cyprinus Carpio) has been carried out. The experiment used aquarium as a cultivating media. Gold fish was placed into aquarium filled with 70 liter of water and 137Cs concentration of 10 Bq/ml. From the observing time of 40 days it was found that activity concentration in fish became saturated in 30th day. Saturation after the 30th day was confined by additional observation using 137Cs concentration of 5 and 15 Bq/ml. Saturated concentration fish was then transfered to inactive aquarium to determine is elimination rate. Transfer factor, i.e. the ratio of 137Cs concentration in fish to that in water, was found to be (12.99+0.28) ml/g, whereas the elimination rate of 137Cs was found to be 0.046 day, which correspond to a biological half life of 15 days

  18. Neural networks in analysing 137Cs behaviour in the air in the Belgrade area

    Samolov Aleksandra D.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The application of the principal component analysis and artificial neural network method in forecasting 137Cs behaviour in the air as the function of meteorological parameters is presented. The model was optimized and tested using 137Cs specific activities obtained by standard gamma-ray spectrometric analysis of air samples collected in Belgrade (Serbia during 2009-2011 and meteorological data for the same period. Low correlation (r = 0.20 between experimental values of 137Cs specific activities and those predicted by artificial neural network was obtained. This suggests that artificial neural network in the case of prediction of 137Cs specific activity, using temperature, insolation, and global Sun warming does not perform well, which can be explained by the relative independence of 137Cs specific activity of particular meteorological parameters and not by the ineffectiveness of artificial neural network in relating these parameters in general. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR34034

  19. Intake estimation and dose assessment of 90Sr, 137Cs around QNPP base

    90Sr and 137Cs are important radionuclides in environmental investigation related to nuclear power stations. A mode of intake estimation and dose assessment via various food chains is made in this paper. Based on daily food consumption and dietary composition for Chinese reference man and for man of Zhejiang province and the concentration of 137Cs and 90Sr around QNPP Base, the intake estimation and dose of 90Sr and 137Cs around QNPP Base are calculated. It shows that the main food sources of intake of 90Sr and 137Cs are rice,vegetable and aquatic product. Also the public average annual committed effective dose of 90Sr(2.5 μSv)is obviously higher than the contribution of dose of the 137Cs(0.36 μSv). A practical estimation method was made by taking QNPP Base as an example in this paper, while no background change occurs after its commercial operation. (authors)

  20. 137Cs Transfer Factor from Latosol Soil to Swamp Gabbages (Ipomea Reptans Poir)

    A study of 137Cs transfer factor from Latosol soil to swamp cabbages plant has been conducted using pot treatment system with complete random design. The aim of the research is to determine transfer factor of 137Cs from latosol soil to swamp cabbages plant. Cs-137 concentration administered was 7.5287 kBq/pot. The number of swamp cabbages planted in 137Cs treated soil and in cannot soil respectively was 12 pots filled with 1 kg soil/pot. After harvest, the weight of dried plant was measured. Transfer factor was determined according to the accumulation of 137Cs concentration in swamp cabbages and soil and counted using Spectrometer Gamma. It was found that is a significant difference between 137Cs concentration in swamp cabbages planted inthe treated soil and that of control soil. Transfer factor ranges between 0.02 and 0.13 with the averageof 0.08. (author)

  1. Uptake of 90Sr and 137Cs by mushrooms following the Chernobyl accident

    After the Chernobyl accident high concentrations of radionuclides were found in Sweden in mushrooms and the contents of 90Sr and 137Cs were measured. The level of 90Sr was generally low and, in proportion to 137Cs, 2-3 orders of magnitude lower than in the fallout. The contents of 137Cs varied among species, while the geographical distribution of the radioactivity largely followed the soil deposition. Extreme local variation occurred and the ratio 134Cs/137Cs diverged from other biological samples leading to the conclusion that old fallout was involved in the uptake. Transfer factors calculated for the uptake of 137Cs exhibited no correlation with the fallout levels, being mainly correlated with the different species. The problems associated with the definition of transfer factors for mushrooms were discussed. (author)

  2. Seasonality of 137Cs in roe deer from Austria and Germany

    Empirical data on the 137Cs activity concentration in meat of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) roaming in 3 spruce forest areas and one peat bog area are presented and compared. They cover time series of nearly 20 years after a spike contamination in 1986 originating from Chernobyl. A model is presented which considers three soil compartments to describe the change of the availability of 137Cs with time. The time-dependency of the 137Cs activity concentration in meat of roe deer is a combination of two components: (1) an exponential decay and (2) a peak in the second half of each year during the mushroom season. The exponential decay over the years can be described by a sum of two exponential functions. The additional transfer of 137Cs into roe deer during the mushroom season depends on precipitation. On the peat bog the 137Cs activity concentration in roe deer is higher and more persistent than in spruce forest

  3. Translocation, accumulation and distribution of 137Cs in rice after foliage contamination

    The single leaf of rice stem was artificially contaminated with 137Cs at different growth stages to study its foliage absorption and translocation. The results showed that the translocation rate of 137Cs to non-contaminated parts of the plant was related with the phyllo-taxis of the contaminated leaf and the majority of 137Cs in the plant was distributed in leaves and stems. For rice being contaminated, there was a positive linear relationship between the accumulation of 137Cs in each non-contaminated part of the plant and the amount of the contamination. The order of the specific activity of 137Cs was: Leaf>Stem>root>ear in non-contaminated parts of the plant

  4. Re-distribution of 137Cs Chernobyl signal in the Aegean Sea

    The present levels of 137Cs in the water column of the Aegean Sea are at all depths, significantly higher than in the pre-Chernobyl period. The concentrations in surface and intermediate water show a linear relationship to salinity, indicating that mixing of Black Sea Water with highly saline waters of Levantine origin is the main process controlling 137Cs levels. The present 137Cs concentrations in deep basins of the North and South Aegean (3.7 - 5.5 Bq m-3) are the highest in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. In the North Aegean the transfer of 137Cs from the surface layers to the bottom took place through the dense water formation events in 1987 and 1993. The 137Cs levels in the deep South Aegean are higher than expected, possibly in relation to a contribution of N-Aegean deep waters. (author)

  5. 137Cs vertical migration in a deciduous forest soil following the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

    The large amount of 137Cs deposited on the forest floor because of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident represents a major potential long-term source for mobile 137Cs. To investigate 137Cs mobility in forest soils, we investigated the vertical migration of 137Cs through seepage water, using a lysimetric method. The study was conducted in a deciduous forest soil over a period spanning 2 month to 2 y after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Our observations demonstrated that the major part of 137Cs in the litter layer moved into the mineral soil within one year after the accident. On the other hand, the topsoil prevented migration of 137Cs, and only 2% of 137Cs in the leachate from litter and humus layer penetrated below a 10 cm depth. The annual migration below a 10 cm depth accounted for 0.1% of the total 137Cs inventory. Therefore, the migration of 137Cs by seepage water comprised only a very small part of the total 137Cs inventory in the mineral soil, which was undetectable from the vertical distribution of 137Cs in the soil profile. In the present and immediate future, most of the 137Cs deposited on the forest floor will probably remain in the topsoil successively, although a small but certain amount of bioavailable 137Cs exists in forest surface soil. -- Highlights: • Lysimeter captured 137Cs mobility in a forest soil after the Fukushima accident. • Major part of 137Cs in the litter layer moved into the mineral soil within a year. • Litter-leachate 137Cs was predominantly adsorbed within the topsoil. • The annual migration below a 10 cm depth was 0.1% of the total 137Cs inventory

  6. Effects of radiocesium inventory on 137Cs concentrations in river waters of Fukushima, Japan, under base-flow conditions

    To investigate the behavior of nuclear accident-derived 137Cs in river water under base-flow conditions, concentrations of dissolved and particulate 137Cs were measured at 16 sampling points in seven rivers of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in 2012 and 2013. The concentration of dissolved 137Cs was significantly correlated with the mean 137Cs inventory in the catchment area above each sampling point in both sampling years. These results suggest that the concentration of dissolved 137Cs under base-flow conditions is primarily determined by the 137Cs inventory of the catchment area above the sampling point. However, the concentration of particulate 137Cs did not show a clear relationship with either the mean 137Cs inventory or the dissolved 137Cs concentration, thus indicating that particulate and dissolved forms do not effectively interact in rivers. To evaluate the contribution of the 137Cs inventory within catchment areas, we analyzed relations between the 137Cs concentration and the mean 137Cs inventory over the area within certain flow path lengths that were traced along the river and slope above the sampling point. Coefficients of determination for dissolved 137Cs concentrations were highest for the longest flow path, i.e., the whole catchment area, and lower for shorter flow paths. Coefficients of determination for particulate 137Cs concentrations were only moderately high for the shortest flow path in 2012, whereas the values were quite low for all flow paths in 2013. These results suggest that dissolved 137Cs can originate from a larger area of the catchment even under base-flow conditions; however, particulate 137Cs did not show such behavior. The results also show that under base-flow conditions, dissolved and particulate 137Cs behave independently during their transport from river catchments to the ocean. - Highlights: • 137Cs in river water under base-flow conditions was investigated in Fukushima. • Dissolved 137Cs was significantly correlated with 137

  7. 137Cs applicability to soil erosion assessment: theoretical and empirical model

    The soil erosion processes acceleration and the increase of soil erosion rates due to anthropogenic perturbation in soil-weather-vegetation equilibrium has influenced in the soil quality and environment. So, the possibility to assess the amplitude and severity of soil erosion impact on the productivity and quality of soil is important so local scale as regional and global scale. Several models have been developed to assess the soil erosion so qualitative as quantitatively. 137Cs, an anthropogenic radionuclide, have been very used to assess the superficial soil erosion process Empirical and theoretical models were developed on the basis of 137 Cs redistribution as indicative of soil movement by erosive process These models incorporate many parameters that can influence in the soil erosion rates quantification by 137 Cs redistribution. Statistical analysis was realized on the models recommended by IAEA to determinate the influence that each parameter generates in results of the soil redistribution. It was verified that the most important parameter is the 137 Cs redistribution, indicating the necessity of a good determination in the 137 Cs inventory values with a minimum deviation associated with these values. After this, it was associated a 10% deviation in the reference value of 137 Cs inventory and the 5% in the 137 Cs inventory of the sample and was determinate the deviation in results of the soil redistribution calculated by models. The results of soil redistribution was compared to verify if there was difference between the models, but there was not difference in the results determinate by models, unless above 70% of 137 Cs loss. Analyzing three native forests and an area of the undisturbed pasture in the Londrina region, can be verified that the 137 Cs spatial variability in local scale was 15%. Comparing the 137 Cs inventory values determinate in the three native forest with the 137 Cs inventory value determinate in the area of undisturbed pasture in the

  8. 137Cs and 40K partitioning in the system soil-plant under different ecological conditions

    In the environment 137Cs is exclusively of the anthropogenic origin. Among different released fission radionuclides, 137Cs is the most significant one as it contributes to long-term doses to population. It belongs to the group of radionuclides which under accidental situations can disperse worldwide because of air mass transport. 137Cs deposition in the Lithuanian terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is basically related to the global fallout and contaminated air masses from the Chernobyl NPP accident. An extra load of 137Cs to the Lithuanian terrestrial ecosystems was determined after the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident as well. Over the recent decades evident changes in the approach to the radiation protection of non-human species from ionizing radiation have taken place. Furthermore, long-term predictions of the mobility and bioavailability of 137Cs are required because of its penetration into the food chain. 40K is a typical lithophilic element and its geochemistry could be similar to that of 137Cs because they both are of the same valence state, +1. Investigation results of 137Cs and 40K behavior in the environmental systems in the literature are rather contradictory. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to assess 137Cs and 40K activity concentration in soil and various plants of a different root system and to compare bioavailability of these radionuclides under different environmental ecological conditions. 137Cs deposition distribution in the upper soil layer is different in the studied territory. The mean 137Cs activity concentrations in soil and plants in the post-Chernobyl period varied in a wide range. 137Cs activity concentrations in soil varied from about 30 Bq/kg to 340 Bq/kg, while in various plants and grasses the range was 45-119 Bq/kg. Mean values of the 137Cs transfer factor ranged from 0.1 to 1.4. The discrimination factor was determined to evaluate the effect of 40K activity concentration in soil and plants on distribution of 137Cs in plants

  9. Hanford Isotope Project strategic business analysis Cesium-137 (Cs-137)

    NONE

    1995-10-01

    The purpose of this business analysis is to address the beneficial reuse of Cesium 137 (Cs-137) in order to utilize a valuable national asset and possibly save millions of tax dollars. Food irradiation is the front runner application along with other uses. This business analysis supports the objectives of the Department of Energy National Isotope Strategy distributed in August 1994 which describes the DOE plans for the production and distribution of isotope products and services. As part of the Department`s mission as stated in that document. ``The Department of Energy will also continue to produce and distribute other radioisotopes and enriched stable isotopes for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, industrial, agricultural, and other useful applications on a businesslike basis. This is consistent with the goals and objectives of the National Performance Review. The Department will endeavor to look at opportunities for private sector to co-fund or invest in new ventures. Also, the Department will seek to divest from ventures that can more profitably or reliably be operated by the private sector.``

  10. Hanford Isotope Project strategic business analysis Cesium-137 (Cs-137)

    The purpose of this business analysis is to address the beneficial reuse of Cesium 137 (Cs-137) in order to utilize a valuable national asset and possibly save millions of tax dollars. Food irradiation is the front runner application along with other uses. This business analysis supports the objectives of the Department of Energy National Isotope Strategy distributed in August 1994 which describes the DOE plans for the production and distribution of isotope products and services. As part of the Department's mission as stated in that document. ''The Department of Energy will also continue to produce and distribute other radioisotopes and enriched stable isotopes for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, industrial, agricultural, and other useful applications on a businesslike basis. This is consistent with the goals and objectives of the National Performance Review. The Department will endeavor to look at opportunities for private sector to co-fund or invest in new ventures. Also, the Department will seek to divest from ventures that can more profitably or reliably be operated by the private sector.''

  11. Modeling 137CS dispersion from a radiological dispersion device

    This analysis reveals that, if terrorists detonate a RDD containing a relatively small amount of 137Cs (approximately 12-35g), the resulting dispersion can contaminate a relatively large area. The actual magnitude of a terrorist incident involving the release of radioactive material by a dirty bomb depends on the dimensions of the contaminated area and the accompanying contamination density (i.e., radioactivity) distributed within that area. Applying a semiempirical model indicates that the spatial extent of the contaminated area and the level of activity within that area are dependent primarily on local scale meteorological conditions, especially whether rainfall occurs, as well particle size and effective release height. As a result, the magnitude of the consequences of terrorists acquiring non-weapons grade nuclear materials and releasing those materials with a dirty bomb is contingent on a number of factors beyond the scope of active countermeasures, especially the RDD's design elements and local-scale meteorological conditions. Modeling the dispersion of radioactive aerosols throughout an urban landscape, especially with accurate 3-D representation of its complex geometry and meteorology, is indispensable for assessing the potential consequences of a terrorist incident and implementing effective emergency response, health services, and decontamination decisions. (orig.)

  12. 137Cs dynamics within a reactor effluent stream in South Carolina

    Radiocesium dynamics are being studied in a blackwater creek which had received production reactor releases from the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina. Most 137Cs in the water column is dissolved or in colloidal form and is believed to originate primarily through outflow from an upstream ''contaminated'' reservoir. All ecosystem components in the stream have high 137Cs concentration factors. Radiocesium concentrations are highest in filamentous algae (332 pCi/g-dry) and suspended particulate matter (100 to 200 pCi/g). Other food chain bases had much lower 137Cs levels. Most consumer populations averaged 10 to 50 pCi/g. Radiocesium concentrations decreased in transfers between food chain bases and primary consumers or filter feeders. Omnivores and small predators have similar 137Cs concentrations with bioaccumulation occurring by top-carnivores. Radiocesium levels are around 100 pCi/g in largemouth bass and water snakes. Foodweb components in the stream have reached a dynamic equilibrium in 137Cs concentrations despite a 10 yr absence of reactor operations. Radiocesium levels are apparently being maintained through long-term 137Cs cycling in the upstream reservoir and surrounding flood plain forest systems. Rainfall and other physical processes influence the seasonal 137Cs fluctuations in stream components

  13. Availability and immobilization of 137Cs in subtropical high mountain forest and grassland soils

    To understand the behavior of 137Cs in undisturbed soils after nuclear fallout deposition between the 1940s and 1980s, we investigated the speciation of 137Cs in soils in forest and its adjacent grassland from a volcano and subalpine area in Taiwan. We performed sequential extraction of 137Cs (i.e., fractions readily exchangeable, bound to microbial biomass, bound to Fe-Mn oxides, bound to organic matter, persistently bound and residual). For both the forest and grassland soils, 137Cs was mainly present in the persistently bound (31-41%) and residual (22-62%) fractions. The proportions of 137Cs labile fractions - bound to exchangeable sites, microbial biomass, Mn-Fe oxides, and organic matter - were lower than those of the recalcitrant fractions. The labile fractions in the forest soils were also higher than those in the grassland soils, especially in the volcanic soil. The results suggest that the labile form of 137Cs was mostly transferred to the persistently bound and resistant fractions after long-term deposition of fallout. The readily exchangeable 137Cs fraction was higher in soils with higher organic matter content or minor amounts of 2:1 silicate clay minerals

  14. Vertical distribution of 137Cs activity concentration in marine sediments at Amvrakikos Gulf, western of Greece

    The aim of the present work is the study of 137Cs migration in sediment column taking into account the sedimentation rate in the Amvrakikos Gulf, at the western part of Greece. Marine core sediments were collected and the measurements were performed using the high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry method. The vertical distribution of 137Cs activity concentration, as part of anthropogenic marine radioactivity, provided averaged sedimentation rate by identifying the depths of activity concentrations due to the Chernobyl accident and the nuclear tests signals. Furthermore, 137Cs measurements were reproduced using the proposed one-dimensional diffusion–advection model which provides mainly as an output, the sedimentation rate and the average diffusivity of 137Cs in the sediment column. The proposed model estimates the temporal variation of 137Cs activity concentration from 1987 (one year after the Chernobyl accident) till today (2014). - Highlights: • Two sediment cores were studied using 137Cs as a tracer. • Two peaks are observed due to nuclear tests and Chernobyl accident. • Diffusivities, as well as 137Cs apparent sedimentation speeds are estimated

  15. The occurrence and bioavailability of radioactive 137Cs in small forest lakes in southern Finland

    Following the Chernobyl accident in late April 1986, central Finland was subjected to considerable radioactive fallout. The radioactive isotope of caesium, 137Cs, was potentially the most harmful isotope in the fallout because of its long half-life (30 years). 137Cs activities remained unexpectedly low within the biota (algae, zooplankton, aquatic moss, fish) of some humic forest lakes in southern Finland compared to the clear water lakes within the same district. This observation suggested that humic substances, by binding 137Cs chemically, may reduce its bioavailability in lake water. Our laboratory experiments (throughflow systems; gel chromatography) demonstrated that binding of 137Cs by humic substances was negligible in untreated lake waters; only when most of the alkali metals had been removed with an ion exchange resin was any binding of 137Cs by low molecular humic fractions apparent. Instead, the concentrations of cations (especially potassium) were of overwhelming importance for the bioavailability of 137Cs within the lacustrine ecosystems. The concentrations of 137Cs within food chains are expected to stay at a high level for many years especially in lakes with long water renewal times. (Author)

  16. Variability of 137Cs inventories in undisturbed soils across the territory of Viet Nam

    Inventories of 137Cs were measured in putatively undisturbed soils at 292 locations throughout the territory of Viet Nam. Logarithms of these values were regressed against characteristics of the sampling sites, such as geographical co-ordinates, annual rainfall and physico-chemical parameters of soil. The regression model containing latitude and annual rainfall, as explanatory variables, could explain 76% of the variation in logarithmic inventory values. The model was interpreted to represent the spatial distribution of 137Cs deposition density while the regression residuals were assigned to the loss or gain of 137Cs due to soil erosion or accretion at the sampling sites. Depth-distribution profiles of 137Cs, measured at eight selected sites, provided support for this interpretation. In particular, a linear relationship was found between the residual and the 137Cs-penetration depth. Although, on average, the measured inventories differed from the deposition values by 31%, the 137Cs deposition density could be predicted by the regression model with a ±7% relative uncertainty at a 95% confidence level. The model has, therefore, been used to provide 137Cs baseline values in soil-erosion studies. These results are in general agreement with the global pattern published in 1969 by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, and provide further insights into the spatial distribution of nuclear-test fallout deposition in East Asia. (author)

  17. Physical and chemical parameters affecting transport of 137Cs in arid watersheds

    The occurrence and amount of fallout 137Cs were determined in 12 watersheds in the arid southwestern United States. The factors believed to influence the distribution of 137Cs in the watershed soils and in the reservoir sediments were investigated by using stepwise regression techniques. Seventeen parameters, in the case of soils, and 21 parameters, in the case of sediments, were used in the study. Ninety percent of the variation in the 137Cs content of soils, per unit weight, could be predicted in terms of the percentage of soil nitrogen, the R factor (rainfall intensity) of the universal soil loss equation, the percentage of sand in the soils, and the soil cation exchange capacity. Also, 90% of the variation in the content of 137Cs in the watershed soils, per unit area, could be predicted in terms of the fallout intensity, the percentages of silt and clay, and the cation exchange capacity. For reservoir sediments the equivalent predictors of 137Cs accumulation in the sediment profile, per unit weight, were the soil cation exchange capacity, the January-March average precipitation, and the soil contents of total P and N. The distribution of 137Cs in sediments per unit area was similarly predicted by watershed area, percentage of total soil C, reservoir surface area, areal concentration of 137Cs in the watershed soils, and soil organic matter

  18. Uptake of 137Cs from coniferous forest soil by sheep's fescue in pot experiment

    The uptake of Chernobyl fallout radiocaesium (137Cs) from forest soils with low nutrients, high organic matter content, and acidic pH were examined in pot experiments. Results of sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) two harvests after growing period of 13 weeks each, showed a slight variation in the 137Cs uptake. Transfer factor (TF) for 137Cs based upon soil-to-plant relationships calculated, (Bqkg-1 plant DW/Bqkg-1 soil DW). The ranges were from 0.03 to 3.43 with a mean of 0.34 ± 0.31 for first cut and from 0.03 to 2.28 with a mean of 0.36 ± 0.33 for second cut. Variation in the uptake of 137Cs by sheep's fescue grass might be due to the influence of soil pH and OM % in conjunction with soil moisture. The effect of potassium (K+), stable caesium (Cs+), and ammonium (NH4+) that were added as chlorides on 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue were also tested in pot experiment under the same conditions of previous set-up. Results from three harvests after growing period of 13 weeks each, demonstrated that K+ reduced the uptake of 137Cs. In contrast the addition of both stable Cs+ and NH4+ found to enhance 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue. (author)

  19. The latitudinal inventory of sup(137)Cs in vegetation and topsoil in northern Canada, 1980

    The latitudinal distribution of fallout sup(137)Cs in Canada has been determined along a transect extending from 50 degrees to 82 degrees N in 1980. The sup(137)Cs content of lichens, bryophytes, and cushionlike vascular species was measured at 16 sites between Brandon, Manitoba, and Alert, Ellesmere Island. Lichen species were shown to be the most effecive biological monitors of sup(137)Cs deposition because of their specific morphology, longevity, and slow growth rates. Dry, exposed ridges were the sites of the highest sup(137)Cs retention by plants. sup(137)Cs levels in vegetation followed a bell-shaped distribution along the transect and the maximum accumulation was measured in samples collected between 60 degrees and 70 degrees N ((10 nCi msup(-2) at 63 degrees N) (1 Ci = 37 GBq). This distribution is the combined results of the original latitudinal deposition of sup(137)Cs, the expired portion of its physical half-life, and the efficiency of biotic and abiotic removal processes along the studied corridor. It is suggested that the long-term implications of sup(137)Cs in the northern food chain ought to be followed and studied more closely in the light of the data presented

  20. 137Cs in the Danish Wadden Sea: contrast between tidal flats and salt marshes

    The 137Cs activity of salt marsh and tidal flat sediments of the northern part of the European Wadden Sea was studied based on a comprehensive dataset of 210Pb dated cores. The 137Cs inventory of salt marsh sediments shows a major peak corresponding to the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and a minor peak located in the late 1960s interpreted as the combined effect of atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. Emissions from the nuclear reprocessing plant Sellafield are not reflected as peaks in 137Cs activity, but may contribute to the rising 137Cs activity in the years prior to 1986. The 137Cs activity of tidal flat sediments differs from salt marsh sediment in two respects. First, the activity is much lower and, second, the major peak in the 1980s is located in the beginning instead of in the middle of the decade. The differences in 137Cs inventory between the two environments are interpreted to result from repeated cycles of deposition/resuspension and mixing on tidal flats. A simple model illustrating the consequence of mixings returns an apparent shift of major peaks in 137Cs activities backwards in time corresponding to the mixing depth divided by the deposition rate

  1. Concentration ratios for small mammals collected from the exposed sediments of a 137Cs contaminated reservoir

    137Cs concentration ratios were computed for small mammals collected from the dried sediments of a partially drained, contaminated reservoir. Soil 137Cs activity concentrations were heterogeneous on small and large spatial scales and had a geometric mean of 253 (range 23-2110) Bq/kg dry weight. Mean 137Cs activity concentrations in composite cotton rat Sigmodon hispidus and cotton mouse Peromyscus gossypinus samples averaged 2480 (range 556-6670) and 471 (range 96-1000) Bq/kg whole body dry weight, respectively. About 50% of the variance in cotton rat tissue 137Cs activity was explained by variation in soil 137Cs activity. Soil-to-animal dry weight concentration ratios averaged 6.0 for cotton rats and 1.2 for cotton mice and were generally similar to 137Cs concentration ratios for herbivorous, homeothermic animals from other contaminated ecosystems. In the RESRAD-BIOTA dose model, the default wet-weight concentration ratio for 137Cs in terrestrial animals is 110 resulting in an estimate of internal and external radiation doses to terrestrial biota that is 44 times more than the dose calculated with the actual measured wet-weight concentration ratio for cotton rats (1.6). These results show that site-specific concentration ratios can significantly affect the estimation of dose

  2. Transfer of 137Cs and stable Cs in soil-grass-milk pathway in Aomori, Japan

    The soil-to-grass transfer factors and grass-to-milk transfer coefficients were determined for 137Cs and stable Cs in soil, grass and milk samples collected in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The concentrations of 137Cs in the soil and grass samples collected from 25 sampling sites were 13 ± 12 Bq x kg-1 and 2.0 ± 2.1 Bq x kg-1 dry wt., respectively. The geometric mean of soil-to-grass transfer factor of 137Cs was 0.13 and its 95% confidence interval was 0.017-0.98. The transfer factor of 137Cs was higher than that of stable Cs, and they had a positive correlation. The concentration of K in the soil affected both transfer factors. The concentration of 137Cs in milk samples collected from 16 sites was 76 ± 43 mBq x kg-1 fresh wt. and had a good correlation with that of stable Cs. The geometric mean of grass-to-milk transfer coefficient of 137Cs was 0.0027, assuming that a cow's total daily intake was 20 kg of dry grass. The transfer coefficient of 137Cs was positively correlated with that of stable Cs. (author)

  3. Uptake of 137Cs from coniferous forest soil by sheeps' fescue in pot experiment

    The uptake of the post-Chernobyl 137Cs fallout from forest soils with low nutrients, high organic matter content and acidic pH was examined in pot experiments. Results of sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) two harvests (after growing period of 13 weeks) showed a considerable variations in 137Cs uptake. Transfer factor (TF) for 137Cs based upon soil-to-plant relationships was calculated: Bqkg-1 plant DW / Bqkg-1 soil DW. A considerable fluctuations in the values were also observed. The ranges were: from 0.03 to 3.43 with a mean of 0.35±0.43 for the first cut and from 0.03 to 2.28 with a mean of 0.36±0.42 for the second cut. This variation in the 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue grass might be due to the influence of high soil OM% and soil pH in conjunction with soil moisture. The effect of potassium (K+), stable caesium (Cs+), and ammonium (NH4+) that were added as chlorides on 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue were also tested in a pot experiment under the same conditions of previous set-up. Results of three harvests demonstrated that K+ reduced the uptake of 137Cs. In contrast an addition of both Cs+ and NH4+ seams to enhance the uptake of 137Cs by sheep fescue. (author)

  4. Fallout 137Cs in cultivated and noncultivated north central United States watersheds

    The cesium (137Cs) concentrations were measured in the soils and sediments of 14 watersheds, 7 cultivated and 7 noncultivated, in the North Central United States. The 137Cs concentration in watershed soils ranged from 56 to 149 nCi/m2, with cultivated watersheds averaging 75 nCi/m2 and noncultivated watersheds averaging 104 nCi/m2. The 137Cs concentration in the reservoir sediments ranged from 74 to 1,280 nCi/m2, with a mean of 676 nCi/m2 for the cultivated watersheds and 365 nCi/m2 for the noncultivated watersheds. The 137Cs concentrations per unit area in sediments were 0.8 to 18.7 times greater than those found in the contributing watershed soils. This indicated that some 137Cs is moving within the watersheds and that the reservoirs are acting as ''traps'' or ''sinks.'' The factors accounting for the variation in 137Cs concentration in the soils and sediments of the watersheds are (i) the erosion potential of the watershed, (ii) the sites for adsorption of 137Cs, and (iii) the input of radioactivity into the watershed

  5. Foliar absorption and translocation of 137cs in egyptian olive plants

    Foliar absorption and translocation of 137Cs by olive leaves were studied. Olive seedlings were transferred to the greenhouse in pots containing fine Nile silt.. Two seriies of pot experiments were conducted at the Nuclear Research Center site at Inshas. The treatments were conducted on leaves at the two middle nodes of the selected shoots. The lower surface of the olive leaf absorbed more 137Cs at the studied pH values as compared with the upper surface. The results show that changing the pH from 2 to 3 had no have any effect on the foliar absorption of 137Cs. Further increase of pH value caused the 137Cs foliar absorption to show a minimum at pH 5 then a maximum at pH 7. At pH 8 the foliar absorption of 137Cs started to decrease again. The concentration of translocated 137Cs was found to decrease gradually in the leaves above and below the treated ones. Absorption of 137Cs increased with time in the first 24 hours followed by lower absorption rates till the end of the experiment after 148 hours

  6. Uptake, retention and organic/tissue distribution of 137Cs by Japanese catfish (Silurus asotus linnaeus)

    Full text: This works describes the uptake, retention/biological elimination of 137Cs by Japanese Catfish (Silurus asotus linnaeus) under laboratory conditions. The fish were divided in to three groups viz. large, medium and small and reared in to the host water contaminated by 137Cs. The accumulated 137Cs concentration in the whole body of the fish was measured at certain intervals up to 60 days. A significant accumulation of 137Cs was found but a steady state accumulation of 137Cs was not achieved by the end of the experiment. The bioaccumulation factors and the distribution of the radionuclide in different organs/tissues of the fish were determined. To determine the effective half-life, the fish were transferred and reared into the non contaminated host water. The concentration of the radionuclide in the whole body of the fish was measured up to 66 days. Neglecting the small first compartment for a few days, the average effective half-life of 137Cs in the fish species was found to be ∼ 30 days for all size of fish. Accumulation of 137Cs in muscle/flesh of the fish was found to be ∼ 75% of whole body accumulation. (author)

  7. Evaluation of radioactive exposure from 137Cs in contaminated areas of Northern Ukraine.

    Handl, J; Beltz, D; Botsch, W; Harb, S; Jakob, D; Michel, R; Romantschuk, L D

    2003-04-01

    The paper gives averages of 137Cs deposition densities in soils from three areas in Northern Ukraine measured 12 to 15 y following the Chernobyl accident: in an area near Narodici (75 km west of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the so-called zone II) heavily contaminated by the Chernobyl fall-out and in areas around Korosten and Zhitomir showing contamination levels to be much lower. The three areas exhibited very different 137Cs deposition densities of 2.2 MBq m(-2), 400 kBq m(-2), and 5 kBq m(-2), respectively. During a 1-y observation, measurements of the 137Cs transfer in the food chain to humans and 137Cs whole body contents dependent on the 137Cs daily intake were carried out under realistic conditions of the rural inhabitants who lived in settlements within zone II. Detailed investigations of components of the daily diet showed that the high 137Cs contamination levels found in soils of zone II do not affect in any way low 137Cs concentrations of all important agricultural products harvested and consumed by villagers. With regard to consumption habits of the population of zone II, mushrooms and wild berries were found to contribute more than 95% of the 137Cs daily intake to the 137Cs whole body content of about 12 kBq (with maximum values up to 760 kBq) measured in a group of inhabitants of zone II during a period from July 1998 to July 1999. The median of the annual dose of these inhabitants from external and internal exposures was 1.2 mSv y(-1) with a geometric standard deviation of 2.6. Excluding extreme habits, the geometric mean of the total exposure was 1.0 mSv y(-1) with a geometric standard deviation of 1.3. PMID:12705449

  8. {sup 137}Cs in marine sediments of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica

    Ferreira, Paulo Alves de Lima [Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo (IO-USP), Pça. do Oceanográfico, 191, Butantã, SP, 05508 900 (Brazil); Ribeiro, Andreza Portella, E-mail: andrezpr@usp.br [Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo (IO-USP), Pça. do Oceanográfico, 191, Butantã, SP, 05508 900 (Brazil); Mestrado de Gestão Ambiental e Sustentabilidade, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), Avenida Francisco Matarazzo, 612, prédio C, andar térreo, Água Branca, São Paulo, SP, 05001 100 (Brazil); Nascimento, Mylene Giseli do; Martins, Cesar de Castro [Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná (CEM-UFPR), Av. Beira-mar, no number, Balneário Pontal do Sul, Pontal do Paraná, PR, 83255 971 (Brazil); Mahiques, Michel Michaelovitch de; Montone, Rosalinda Carmelo; Figueira, Rubens Cesar Lopes [Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo (IO-USP), Pça. do Oceanográfico, 191, Butantã, SP, 05508 900 (Brazil)

    2013-01-15

    The radionuclide cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) is produced exclusively by anthropogenic processes and primarily by nuclear explosions. This study determined the reference inventory that is {sup 137}Cs associated with the element's original input, and utilized the levels of activity of this radionuclide previously measured in five sediment profiles collected from Admiralty Bay, Antarctica, to investigate the mobility of this element in the environment. {sup 137}Cs has a half-life of 30 years. Because of this, it is environmentally persistent and has been shown to accumulate in marine organisms. The mean reference inventory of this radionuclide in Admiralty Bay sediments, determined using high resolution gamma ray spectrometry, was 20.23 ± 8.94 Bq m{sup −2}, and within the ambient {sup 137}Cs activity range. A model of {sup 137}Cs diffusion–convection was applied to data collected from 1 cm intervals in sediment cores with the aim of providing insights with respect to this element's behavior in sediments. Model results showed a significant correlation between measured and modeled values using the concentrations of {sup 137}Cs, and estimated input into the system from the global fallout of past nuclear tests and expected values based on local sedimentation rates. Results highlight the importance of accounting for the vertical diffusion of {sup 137}Cs in marine sediments when used as a tracer for environmental processes and for assessing potential bioavailability. - Highlights: ► Cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) is produced exclusively by anthropogenic processes. ► A model of diffusion–convection simulated {sup 137}Cs environmental behavior. ► This is important for assessing the bioavailability of this toxic element. ► In Antarctica ice cover influenced the input to the sediments.

  9. Distributions of 137Cs and 210Pb in moss collected from Belarus and Slovakia

    In the present work, moss samples collected in Slovakia and Belarus were assayed with respect to gamma-emitting radionuclides. The results for 137Cs and 210Pb are discussed. Moss was used for the first time in Belarus, as a biological indicator of radioactive environmental pollution in consequence of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. In Belarus, the maximum activity of 137Cs was observed in the Gomel region near Mazyr (6830 Bq/kg) and the minimum activity in the Vitebsyevsk Region near Luzhki-Yazno (5 Bq/kg). “Hot spots” were also observed near the towns Borisow and Yuratsishki. The results of measurements of 137Cs in moss samples collected in 2000, 2006 and 2009 in the same localities of Slovakia are presented and compared with the results of air monitoring of 137Cs carried out in Slovakia from 1977 until 2010. Measurements of the 210Pb concentration in moss samples collected over the territory of Slovakia showed, that the median value exceed 2.3 times median value of 210Pb obtained for Belarus moss. For that reason, the inhalation dose for man from 210Pb and 137Cs in Slovakia is more than twice as high as in Belarus, in spite of the initially very high 137Cs exposure in the latter country. -- Highlights: ► Belarus moss was used as a biological indicator of 137Cs and 210Pb. ► Comparison with concentration of 137Cs and 210Pb in moss from Slovakia. ► Moss samples reflect the original distribution of Chernobyl fallout in Belarus. ► Regular decrease of the annual average activity of 137Cs in surface air in Slovakia. ► Median concentration of 210Pb in moss from Belarus is 2.3 times lower than in Slovakia

  10. 137Cs in marine sediments of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica

    The radionuclide cesium-137 (137Cs) is produced exclusively by anthropogenic processes and primarily by nuclear explosions. This study determined the reference inventory that is 137Cs associated with the element's original input, and utilized the levels of activity of this radionuclide previously measured in five sediment profiles collected from Admiralty Bay, Antarctica, to investigate the mobility of this element in the environment. 137Cs has a half-life of 30 years. Because of this, it is environmentally persistent and has been shown to accumulate in marine organisms. The mean reference inventory of this radionuclide in Admiralty Bay sediments, determined using high resolution gamma ray spectrometry, was 20.23 ± 8.94 Bq m−2, and within the ambient 137Cs activity range. A model of 137Cs diffusion–convection was applied to data collected from 1 cm intervals in sediment cores with the aim of providing insights with respect to this element's behavior in sediments. Model results showed a significant correlation between measured and modeled values using the concentrations of 137Cs, and estimated input into the system from the global fallout of past nuclear tests and expected values based on local sedimentation rates. Results highlight the importance of accounting for the vertical diffusion of 137Cs in marine sediments when used as a tracer for environmental processes and for assessing potential bioavailability. - Highlights: ► Cesium-137 (137Cs) is produced exclusively by anthropogenic processes. ► A model of diffusion–convection simulated 137Cs environmental behavior. ► This is important for assessing the bioavailability of this toxic element. ► In Antarctica ice cover influenced the input to the sediments

  11. Behavior of 131I and 137Cs in environments released from the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Ohta, T.; Mahara, Y.; Kubota, T.; Igarashi, T.

    2011-12-01

    The devastating tsunami that caused by the great earthquake (M = 9.0) off the coast of northeastern Honshu on 11 March 2011 destroyed large coastal areas of Tohoku and north Kanto, Japan. Radionuclides, including 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs, were released into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Daiichi plants. Concentration of levels of 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, released from the Fukushima Daiichi plant were investigated in the soil and precipitation. The concentrations of 131I and 137Cs in the soil from the surface to 1 cm depth in Ibaraki Prefecture were 9360-13,400 Bq/kg and 720-3250 Bq/kg, respectively. The concentration of 137Cs at this soil observation site originating from the Fukushima plant was 8.4 to 21 times that found locally after the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion. Most of the 134Cs and 137Cs from rainwater were trapped by the surface soil and sand to a depth of 1 cm, whereas only about 30% of the 131I was collected by the surface soil, suggesting that 131I would move deeper than 137Cs and 134Cs. The 131I in the rainwater was in the anion exchangeable form, and all of it could be collected by anion exchangeable mechanisms, whereas 30% of the 131I that had passed through the soil could not be trapped by the anion exchange resin, suggesting that the chemical form of this 30% was in a changeable, organic-bound form. The 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs that were absorbed on soil were difficult to be dissolved into water. As the half-life of 131I is short and 137Cs is strongly adsorbed on the surface soil and sand, these radionuclides would be unlikely to reach the groundwater before completely decaying; contamination of groundwater with 131I and 137Cs supplied from rainwater to the surface soil is therefore exceedingly unlikely. As the 137Cs is likely to migrate only 0.6 cm in 10 years, people living in the Fukushima and Kanto areas will be exposed to radiation from 137Cs in the surface soil and sand. For protection, surface soils and sands

  12. 137Cs in small forest lakes of Finland after the Chernobyl accident

    A joint monitoring study between the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) and the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (FGFRI) on the radioactivity of forest lakes in Evo, Southern Finland, was started in summer 1987. Besides fish, lake water and other biota, such as zooplankton, larvae of various insects and aquatic plants, were analysed from these lakes. Soil samples from the lake catchments were also analysed in 1988 - 1989. In 1992, samples of bottom sediment were analysed from one lake for 137Cs. In addition, fish from the Finnish Acidification Research Project of FGFRI from several small forest lakes in 1986 - 1989 were analysed for 137Cs. The results obtained in the joint study of STUK and FGFRI are gathered in this report. The highest activity concentrations of 137Cs in fish were about 30 000 Bq / kg (w.w.) in 1987 in pike from Lake Iso Valkjaervi, which is a clear-water seepage lake having no natural inlet or outlet. Variation in the activity concentrations of 137Cs in fishes in small forest lakes in the area receiving the highest deposition in Finland has remained large since the Chernobyl deposition. Interspecific differences in 137Cs levels of fish were consistent with their trophic position in the food webs. Ten-fold interlake differences in 137Cs contents of lake water were noted within the same municipality in 1987. In the bottom sediment of Lake Iso Valkjaervi, 95% of 137Cs was present in the uppermost 10 cm and about 70% in the uppermost 3 cm in 1992. The total amount of 137Cs detected in the sediment profile was only a quarter of the average deposition in the municipality of Lammi measured by Arvela et al. (1990). Average values for 137Cs in soil in the catchments of five lakes as Becquerels per unit area were clearly higher than the average value for the deposited 137Cs in the municipality of Lammi determined by Arvela et al. (1990). An aquatic plant, the yellow iris, was the most effective 137Cs accumulator of all the organisms

  13. The spread of 137Cs by resuspension of contaminated soil in the urban area of Goiania

    Measurements regarding the population exposure were performed in Goiania after the radiological accident as well as studies on resuspension and redeposition of 137Cs in urban areas, on the contribution of soil splash to the 137Cs uptake by leafy vegetables and on the transfer of 137Cs from soil to chicken meat and eggs. Periodical street dust sampling was used to follow-up the spreading of the radionuclide in the city. The results do not indicate a measurable spreading of this radionuclide throughout the city from the contaminated areas, but resuspension can lead to significant local contamination of agricultural products, equipment, structures, etc. (author)

  14. Effects of ash recycling on the migration rate of 137Cs in forest soils

    Large areas of the eastern parts of central Sweden received as a result of the Chernobyl fallout considerable amount of radioactive caesium (137Cs) . From a physical and chemical point of view potassium (K) and Cs are rather similar, and uptake Of 137Cs from the soil by the plants is restricted because of high of K availability. This leads to that most of the 137Cs the soil is the large storage, only a small portion of the available 137Cs is circulated in the vegetation. Since only minute part of the total pool of 137Cs of the ecosystem is stored in the above ground part of the vegetation, extraction of bio-fuels only marginally relive the system from 137Cs. Recycling of wood-ash could in the future become a common feature in Swedish forestry. However, the use of bio-fuel leads to an increased concentration of 137Cs in the produced wood-ash by c. 40 times. This question, how wood-ash recycling affects the radiation climate in the forest is an aspect on wood-ash recycling have been recognised during recent years. The Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) has stated that the highest radioactivity that could be spread onto the forests is 5 kBq/ha. The effect on the vegetation content of 137Cs is an intricate interaction between the properties of the ash and the soil. The form in which 137Cs and K is stored in the ash could affect the release. In addition, soil pH and differences in turnover time between the two constituents affects the content of 137Cs in the vegetation. In case large amounts of K are released the uptake of 137Cs be blocked. It has been demonstrated that addition of KCl reduced the concentrations of 137Cs fungal fruit bodies by two thirds a lower effect was found after addition of 3 tonnes wood-ash. In another investigation showed that the activity of 137Cs did not increase the activity in vegetation, and in one case also lowered the activity, this despite the fact that the wood-ash contained 137Cs. In the present study the objective was to

  15. Factors controlling the spatiotemporal variation of 137Cs in seabed sediment off the Fukushima coast: implications from numerical simulations

    We used numerical simulations to investigate major controls on spatiotemporal variations of 137Cs activities in seabed sediments off the Fukushima coast during the first year after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The numerical model we used includes 137Cs transfer between bottom water and sediment by adsorption and desorption, and radioactive decay. The model successfully reproduced major features of the observed spatiotemporal variations of 137Cs activities in sediments. The spatial pattern of 137Cs in sediments, which mainly reflected the history of 137Cs activities in bottom water overlying the sediments and the sediment particle size distribution, became established during the first several months after the accident. The simulated temporal persistence of the 137Cs activity in the sediments was due to adsorption of 137Cs onto the sediment mineral fraction having a long desorption timescale of 137Cs. The simulated total 137Cs inventory in sediments integrated over the offshore area, where most of the monitoring stations were located, was on the order of 1013 Bq; this value is consistent with a previous estimate based on observed data. Taking into account 137Cs activities in sediments in both the coastal area and in the vicinity of the power plant, the simulated total inventory of 137Cs in sediments off the Fukushima coast increased to a value on the order of 1014 Bq. - Highlights: • Variations of 137Cs in seabed sediments off the Fukushima coast are investigated. • Sediments record the history of 137Cs activities in the overlying bottom water. • Distribution of sediment grain size affects 137Cs activities in sediments. • Estimated total inventory of 137Cs in the sediments is on the order of 1014 Bq

  16. 137Cs in fishes of the cooling-pond after the decommissioning the ChNPP

    Content of 137Cs in fishes of the ChNPP cooling-pond was studied during 1999 - 2006. It is established, that in the main fishes species of the cooling-pond there was no essential decrease of content of 137Cs. In Abramis brama (L.), Blicca bjoerkna (L.) and Ictalurus punctatus (Raf.) the contents of 137Cs to 2006 has not decreased in comparison to 1999 - 2000. In Alburnus alburnus (L.) the content of 137Cs in 2006 authentically exceeds those in 2000. Probably, the given phenomenon is caused by the reorganization of trophic circuits due to the change of temperature and hydrological parameters of the cooling-pond ecosystem as the result of decommissioning of ChNPP

  17. Soil 137Cs activity in a tropical deciduous ecosystem under pasture conversion in Mexico

    Soil profiles of 137Cs were measured in a tropical deciduous ecosystem under pasture conversion on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Soil samples were taken from unperturbed forest, and from pasture plots following forest conversion. The average total 137Cs areal activity of non-eroded forest sites indicated a base level of 5 315 ± 427 Bq m-2. On average, total areal activity on hill-tops was significantly higher (range 10-47%) in the forest than in the pastures. A significant correlation was found between the total 137Cs areal activity and soil organic matter content (r2 = 0.16). This correlation can be explained by a soil physical-protection hypothesis. The redistribution of 137Cs in the landscape is explained by soil erosion processes. (author)

  18. A case study of the transfer of 137Cs to the human fetus and nursing infant

    A four-months pregnant woman was contaminated during an accident involving 137Cs from a teletherapy source that occurred in Brazil in September 1987. In vivo monitoring and analysis of 137Cs concentration in excreta samples (both urine and faeces) of the mother was performed. In vivo monitoring of the infant was conducted after birth. After birth, for about 90 days, which corresponds to most of the period of measurement, the infant was exclusively fed by mother's milk, which was also measured. Estimates of parameters associated with the retention and distribution of 137Cs relating to the metabolism of mother and infant were made. The results provide useful information for age-specific models describing the metabolism of 137Cs. (author)

  19. Floodplain data: ecosystem characteristics and /sup 137/Cs concentrations in biota and soil. [ORNL

    Van Voris, P.; Dahlman, R.C.

    1976-11-01

    Radiocesium (/sup 137/Cs) distribution was determined in soil, roots, ground vegetation, overstory, litter, mammals, feces, and insects for a floodplain ecosystem contaminated by radioactive wastes from Manhattan Project operations in 1944. The 2-ha research site was located on the ERDA reservation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in a drained holding pond between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and White Oak Lake. Maximum /sup 137/Cs concentrations in soil occurred near the old retention pond dam (84,400 pCi/g) and at the upper portion of the floodplain boundary (70,500 pCi/g). This bimodal distribution pattern of /sup 137/Cs was evident for all samples collected. Large amounts of data have been collected since the summer of 1974. This report documents the data on ecosystem characteristics and /sup 137/Cs concentrations in biota and soil.

  20. 137CS-determination in game meat from some hunting areas in lower Austria

    In 1986, the contamination of some regions in Austria by 137Cs, due to the Chernobyl accident was relatively high. Among other 137Cs is taken up by people by the consumption of game. In an area of Lower Austria which is relatively heavily contaminated by Chernobyl fallout since 1986 the 137Cs-contamination of meat of game-animals was measured every year. Clear differences arose in the load of the single game species whose causes just like the temporal changes are discussed. The highest 137Cs activity concentration was with 5243 Bq/kg measured on a wild boar. With this activity concentration an annual effective dose of only 0,06 mSv can be estimated for an annual average consumption of one kilogram meat of wild boar. (orig.)

  1. A comparison of {sup 137}Cs radioactivity in localized evergreen and deciduous plant species

    Rangel, R.C.

    1996-05-01

    A vegetation study at the Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station (CPSES) near Glen Rose, Texas was conducted in 1991 and 1992. The CPSES is a commercial nuclear power plant owned and operated by Texas Utilities Electric of Dallas, Texas. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) requires the CPSES to routinely sample broadleaf vegetation in place of milk samples. Few commercial dairies exist in the vicinity. Broadleaf tree species are scarce because the climate and local limestone geology have produced a dry rolling hill topography. An evergreen juniper is the dominant tree species. Few broadleaves during the winter season have hindered year-round sampling. This study compares the environmental {sup 137}Cs concentrations between broadleaf and evergreen foliage at CPSES. Soil {sup 137}Cs concentrations from each vegetation location were also compared to the foliage {sup 137}Cs concentrations. The study`s objective was to determine if the deciduous and evergreen vegetation {sup 137}Cs concentrations are statistically the same.

  2. Effect of application timing of potassium fertilizer on root uptake of 137Cs in brown rice

    We have already reported that potassium fertilizer is effective to reduce radiocesium in brown rice. In this study, we tried to find the most appropriate timing for potassium fertilizer application during the rice cultivation period in terms of 137Cs concentrations in brown rice. The concentration of 137Cs in brown rice cultivated without application of potassium fertilizer was 32 Bq kg-1, while that with application of basal fertilizer including potassium was 5 Bq kg-1. The concentration of 137Cs in brown rice was increased with the late application timing. Therefore, application of potassium fertilizer in the early growing period reduced the uptake of 137Cs by rice plant from contaminated soils effectively. (author)

  3. A comparison of 137Cs radioactivity in localized evergreen and deciduous plant species

    A vegetation study at the Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station (CPSES) near Glen Rose, Texas was conducted in 1991 and 1992. The CPSES is a commercial nuclear power plant owned and operated by Texas Utilities Electric of Dallas, Texas. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) requires the CPSES to routinely sample broadleaf vegetation in place of milk samples. Few commercial dairies exist in the vicinity. Broadleaf tree species are scarce because the climate and local limestone geology have produced a dry rolling hill topography. An evergreen juniper is the dominant tree species. Few broadleaves during the winter season have hindered year-round sampling. This study compares the environmental 137Cs concentrations between broadleaf and evergreen foliage at CPSES. Soil 137Cs concentrations from each vegetation location were also compared to the foliage 137Cs concentrations. The study's objective was to determine if the deciduous and evergreen vegetation 137Cs concentrations are statistically the same

  4. Body burden of fallout 137Cs in the inhabitants of Moscow in 1980-1983

    Several groups of people living in Moscow were measured for fallout 137Cs in 1980-1983. In vivo measurements of incorporated 137Cs were made with use of a whole-body counter. The minimum measurable activities of 137Cs were 37 and 17 Bq consequently for time of measurement 15 and 30 min. All persons measured were classified into four groups, personnel of whole-body counters laboratory, teenagers-sportsman, patients of a Moscow hospital (with heart and kidneys diseases) and normal adults-inhabitants of Moscow. The activity of 137Cs in the normal adults and patients was observed to decrease during the period of investigation. It was shown that by the end of 1983 the great majority of the results were similar and below the minimum measurable activity (for time of measurement 15 min)

  5. Modelling the distribution of 90Sr and 137Cs in the Mediterranean Sea (MTPII-MATER)

    Within the frame of the MTPII-MATER project (MAST), the distribution of 90Sr and 137Cs in the Mediterranean Sea was modelled, as these radionuclides are useful tracers of water circulation. The Mediterranean Sea was divided into 81 boxes, corresponding to 21 regions, taking into account water mass circulation, bathymetry and data availability. Transfer rates were obtained from the MOM model run under MEDMEX conditions. The model was run with realistic inputs, which included weapons global fallout, Chernobyl 137Cs, nuclear industry and river runoff. It was observed that existing data are scarce, especially in the eastern Mediterranean. In general, model predictions agreed well with observations, showing maximum concentrations in surface waters and maxima due to global fallout (137Cs and 90Sr) and to the Chernobyl accident (137Cs only). (author)

  6. Floodplain data: ecosystem characteristics and 137Cs concentrations in biota and soil

    Radiocesium (137Cs) distribution was determined in soil, roots, ground vegetation, overstory, litter, mammals, feces, and insects for a floodplain ecosystem contaminated by radioactive wastes from Manhattan Project operations in 1944. The 2-ha research site was located on the ERDA reservation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in a drained holding pond between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and White Oak Lake. Maximum 137Cs concentrations in soil occurred near the old retention pond dam (84,400 pCi/g) and at the upper portion of the floodplain boundary (70,500 pCi/g). This bimodal distribution pattern of 137Cs was evident for all samples collected. Large amounts of data have been collected since the summer of 1974. This report documents the data on ecosystem characteristics and 137Cs concentrations in biota and soil

  7. Influence of the Chernobyl fallout on 137Cs wine activities on the Rhone valley

    Influence of the Chernobyl fallout on 137CS wine activities on the Rhone valley. Some parts of the Rhone valley have been quite strongly, affected by the Chernobyl fallout, with 137Cs deposits sometimes higher than 20 000 Bq m-2. In those regions, most of agricultural surfaces are devoted to vineyards for famous vintages. This study shows that the consequences of the Chernobyl fallout in wine were visible but very weak. 137CS wine activities did not reached 1 Bq 1-1. Such limited consequences are linked to the date of the deposit, the first week of May 1986, at the beginning of vineyard plant foliar development. Since 1986, this activity has strongly decreased to be in 2000 close to those existing before the accident: some milli-becquerel per litre. 137Cs activities in soil, mainly contained within the 20 first centimeters, are weakly available for vineyard roots. (authors)

  8. Detritivores enhance the mobilization of 137Cs from leaf-litter

    A large amount of radioactive material was released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident after the disastrous earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 2011. Since most of the Japanese land area is covered by forest ecosystems, 137Cs was mostly deposited and accumulated on the land surface of forest. The fate of radioactive materials accumulated on the leaf litters should be conscientiously monitored to understand the future distribution and the spread to the surrounding landscapes. Because the accident took place on 11 March 2011, just before the bud-break of deciduous trees, the 137Cs are highly accumulated on the surface of leaf litter on the forest floor. This accumulated 137Cs had transferred to higher trophic organisms mainly through the detritus food chain. However, on the litter surface, 137Cs considered to be strongly and immediately fixed and highly immobilized. Decomposition processes in the forest floor can re-mobilise the nutritional elements which are contained within detritus and make them available for the organisms. In the present study, the feeding effect of detritivore soil arthropods on the mobilization of 137Cs from leaf litter was experimentally examined. Furthermore, the effect of detritivores on the plant uptake of 137Cs was examined by small-scale nursery experiment. Decomposition experiment in the small microcosms was performed using a larvae of Trypoxylus dichotomus, whichis a detritivores feeding on dead plant materials such as wood debris and leaf litters. Contaminated leaf litters were collected in a forest of the Kami-Oguni River catchment in the northern part of Fukushima Prefecture. The leaf litters at A0 layers which are highly contaminated by 137Cs were utilized for the experiment. The contaminated leaf litter was fed to the larvae for ten days. The litter with larvae excreta was washed by 2 M KCl and deionized water. The 137Cs concentration was measured by germanium detectors (Seiko EG and G). As a

  9. Plutonium as a chronomarker in Australian and New Zealand sediments: a comparison with (137)Cs.

    Hancock, G J; Leslie, C; Everett, S E; Tims, S G; Brunskill, G J; Haese, R

    2011-10-01

    The construction of high resolution chronologies of sediment profiles corresponding to the last 50-100 years usually entails the measurement of fallout radionuclides (210)Pb and (137)Cs. The anthropogenic radionuclide, (137)Cs, originating from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing can provide an important "first appearance" horizon of known age (1954-1955), providing much-needed validation for the sometimes uncertain interpretations associated with (210)Pb geochronology. However, while (137)Cs usually provides a strong signal in sediment in the northern hemisphere, total fallout of (137)Cs in the southern hemisphere was only 25% that of the north and the low activities of (137)Cs seen in Australian and New Zealand sediments can make its horizon of first appearance somewhat arguable. Low (137)Cs fallout also limited the size of the 1963-1964 fallout peak, a peak that is usually seen in northern hemisphere sediment profiles but is often difficult to discern south of the equator. This paper shows examples of the use of nuclear weapons fallout Pu as a chronomarker in sediment cores from Australia (3 sites) and New Zealand (1 site). The Pu profiles of five cores are examined and compared with the corresponding (137)Cs profiles and (210)Pb geochronologies. We find that Pu has significant advantages over (137)Cs, including greater measurement sensitivity using alpha spectrometry and mass spectrometric techniques compared to (137)Cs measurements by gamma spectrometry. Moreover, Pu provides additional chronomarkers associated with changes in the Pu isotopic composition of fallout during the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, the (238)Pu/(239+240)Pu activity ratio shows distinct shifts in the early 1950s and the mid to late 1960s, providing important known-age horizons in southern hemisphere sediments. For estuarine and near-shore sediments Pu sometimes has another significant advantage over (137)Cs due to its enrichment in bottom sediment relative to (137)Cs resulting from the

  10. Plutonium as a chronomarker in Australian and New Zealand sediments: a comparison with {sup 137}Cs

    Hancock, G.J., E-mail: gary.hancock@csiro.au [CSIRO Land and Water, Black Mountain Laboratories, GPO Box 1666, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Leslie, C. [CSIRO Land and Water, Black Mountain Laboratories, GPO Box 1666, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Everett, S.E.; Tims, S.G. [Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Building 57, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Brunskill, G.J. [84 Alligator Creek Road, Alligator Creek, Queensland 4816 (Australia); Haese, R. [Geoscience Australia, GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia)

    2011-10-15

    The construction of high resolution chronologies of sediment profiles corresponding to the last 50-100 years usually entails the measurement of fallout radionuclides {sup 210}Pb and {sup 137}Cs. The anthropogenic radionuclide, {sup 137}Cs, originating from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing can provide an important 'first appearance' horizon of known age (1954-1955), providing much-needed validation for the sometimes uncertain interpretations associated with {sup 210}Pb geochronology. However, while {sup 137}Cs usually provides a strong signal in sediment in the northern hemisphere, total fallout of {sup 137}Cs in the southern hemisphere was only 25% that of the north and the low activities of {sup 137}Cs seen in Australian and New Zealand sediments can make its horizon of first appearance somewhat arguable. Low {sup 137}Cs fallout also limited the size of the 1963-1964 fallout peak, a peak that is usually seen in northern hemisphere sediment profiles but is often difficult to discern south of the equator. This paper shows examples of the use of nuclear weapons fallout Pu as a chronomarker in sediment cores from Australia (3 sites) and New Zealand (1 site). The Pu profiles of five cores are examined and compared with the corresponding {sup 137}Cs profiles and {sup 210}Pb geochronologies. We find that Pu has significant advantages over {sup 137}Cs, including greater measurement sensitivity using alpha spectrometry and mass spectrometric techniques compared to {sup 137}Cs measurements by gamma spectrometry. Moreover, Pu provides additional chronomarkers associated with changes in the Pu isotopic composition of fallout during the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, the {sup 238}Pu/{sup 239+240}Pu activity ratio shows distinct shifts in the early 1950s and the mid to late 1960s, providing important known-age horizons in southern hemisphere sediments. For estuarine and near-shore sediments Pu sometimes has another significant advantage over {sup 137}Cs due to its

  11. Long-term retention of (137)Cs in three forest soil types with different soil properties.

    Suchara, Ivan; Sucharová, Julie; Holá, Marie; Pilátová, Helena; Rulík, Petr

    2016-07-01

    Current (137)Cs activity concentrations were studied at three localities in individual soil horizons of Stagnosol, Arenic Podzol and Haplic Cambisol soil units in soil blocks with dimensions of 20 × 20 × 40 cm situated below pine canopies (n = 3) and spruce canopies (n = 3), and below small canopy gaps, at least 15 × 15 m in area (n = 3 + 3), which have probably endured since 1986. The main zone of (137)Cs accumulation in all the localities was found to be in the organic horizons (H and F). No significant transport and accumulation of (137)Cs into illuvial soil horizons (Bm, Bs or Bhs, Bv and Bv/IIC) was found. The estimated current total (137)Cs activity concentrations in the soil blocks 40 cm in depth were only slightly higher below the coniferous canopy than they were below nearby canopy gaps. The inventory of (137)Cs in the soils was found to be in accordance with the estimated (137)Cs inputs from the Chernobyl fallout and from global fallout. The low amounts of (137)Cs found accumulated in the aboveground biomass (mosses, grasses, needles) did not substantially bias the studied radiocaesium balance in the soils. The vertical migration rate of (137)Cs in soils (cm/year) had a tendency to be higher below canopies than below canopy gaps and below pine canopies than below spruce canopies. We expected the current (137)Cs activity concentrations in the individual soil horizons to be related to the studied soil parameters: pH (H2O), pH (CaCl2), content of organic matter and mineral portion and portion of humic and fulvic acid contents (Q4/6). However, this was not confirmed. Similarly, we observed a weak tendency toward higher (137)Cs activity in soils below the canopy than in soils below canopy gaps. The available gaps used in our study may have been too small, and they may have been affected by an accumulation of litter and humus containing (137)Cs from the surrounding plots situated below neighbouring canopies. PMID:27085039

  12. Detritivores enhance the mobilization of {sup 137}Cs from leaf-litter

    Murakami, Masashi; Suzuki, Takahiro [Community Ecology Lab., Biology Course, Faculty of Science, Chiba University, Chiba, 263-8522 (Japan); Ishii, Nobuyoshi [National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, 263-8555 (Japan); Ohte, Nobuhito [Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, 113-8657 (Japan)

    2014-07-01

    A large amount of radioactive material was released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident after the disastrous earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 2011. Since most of the Japanese land area is covered by forest ecosystems, {sup 137}Cs was mostly deposited and accumulated on the land surface of forest. The fate of radioactive materials accumulated on the leaf litters should be conscientiously monitored to understand the future distribution and the spread to the surrounding landscapes. Because the accident took place on 11 March 2011, just before the bud-break of deciduous trees, the {sup 137}Cs are highly accumulated on the surface of leaf litter on the forest floor. This accumulated {sup 137}Cs had transferred to higher trophic organisms mainly through the detritus food chain. However, on the litter surface, {sup 137}Cs considered to be strongly and immediately fixed and highly immobilized. Decomposition processes in the forest floor can re-mobilise the nutritional elements which are contained within detritus and make them available for the organisms. In the present study, the feeding effect of detritivore soil arthropods on the mobilization of {sup 137}Cs from leaf litter was experimentally examined. Furthermore, the effect of detritivores on the plant uptake of {sup 137}Cs was examined by small-scale nursery experiment. Decomposition experiment in the small microcosms was performed using a larvae of Trypoxylus dichotomus, whichis a detritivores feeding on dead plant materials such as wood debris and leaf litters. Contaminated leaf litters were collected in a forest of the Kami-Oguni River catchment in the northern part of Fukushima Prefecture. The leaf litters at A0 layers which are highly contaminated by {sup 137}Cs were utilized for the experiment. The contaminated leaf litter was fed to the larvae for ten days. The litter with larvae excreta was washed by 2 M KCl and deionized water. The {sup 137}Cs concentration was measured

  13. Factors Effecting Adsorption of 137 Cs in Marine Sediment Samples in Marine Sediment Samples from the Upper Gulf of Thailand

    Contamination of 137Cs in sediment is a far more serious problem than in water because sediment is a main transport factor of 137Cs to the aquatic environmental. Most of 137Cs in water could be accumulated in sediment which has direct effect to benthos. This study focused on factors effecting the adsorption of 137Cs in marine sediment samples collected from four different estuary sites to assess the transfer direction of 137Cs from water to sediment that the study method by treat 137Cs into seawater and mixed with different sediment samples for 4 days. The result indicated that properties of marine sediment (cation exchange capacity (CEC), organic matter, clay content, texture, type of clay mineral and size of soil particle) had effects on 137Cs adsorption. CEC and clay content correlated positively with the accumulation of 137Cs in the marine sediment samples. On the other hand, organic matter in sediment correlated negatively with the accumulation of 137Cs in samples. The study of environmental effects (pH and potassium) found that the 137Cs adsorption decreased when concentration of potassium increased. The pH effect is still unclear in this study because the differentiation of pH levels (6, 7, 8.3) did not have effects on 137Cs adsorption in the samples.

  14. Modelling of 137Cs behaviour in the soil-plant system following the application of ameliorants

    A set of countermeasures aimed at reducing 137Cs uptake by plant products includes agrochemical measures based on changes in the soil properties after the application of ameliorants. The dynamic models for studying the effect of the application of potassium fertilizers and dolomite powder on 137Cs accumulation in plants are presented. Conceptual approaches to the development of models are based on the identification of mechanisms governing a complex of physico-chemical processes in soil after the use of ameliorants. The following assumptions were used in the development of models: - dynamics of 137Cs distribution in each soil layer depends on the sorption processes characterized by different time to achieve quasi-equilibrium (exchangeable uptake and fixation by clay minerals) as well as on vertical migration process; - change in 137Cs content in soil solution results from the radionuclide sorption on selective and nonselective exchange sites; - uptake of extra amounts of K+ and Ca2+ in soil solution produces effect on processes of 137Cs exchangeable sorption and initiate specific processes responsible for 137Cs fixation in the crystal lattice of clay minerals; - Ca2+ and K+ cations have a competing effect on 137Cs uptake by plants from soil solution, which along with the fixation processes, causes lower accumulation of this radionuclide by plants during the application of ameliorants. The developed models were parameterized for soils of the coniferous forest located in the Bryansk region in area suffered from the radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl accident. Effects of ameliorants and time of their application on 137Cs behaviour in the soil-plant system are assessed. The contribution of soil chemical and biological processes to the decrease in the radionuclide uptake by plants is estimated. (author)

  15. 137 Cs soil contamination of Techa river flood plain near village Muslyumovo

    The results of measuring soil contamination with 137 Cs in 16-km zone of the Techa river flood plain near the Muslyumovo village of the Chelyabinsk region are presented. The measurements are performed in 1995-1996. Maps for the 137 Cs buildup distribution in soils of the half-kilometer areas along the river branch are plotted. Total amount and area of contaminated flood plain are estimated for these zones

  16. Accumulation of 137Cs in Brazilian soils and its transfer to plants under different climatic conditions

    The spatial distribution and behaviour of the global fallout 137Cs in the tropical, subtropical and equatorial soil-plant systems were investigated at several upland sites in Brazil selected according to their climate characteristics, and to the agricultural importance. To determine the 137Cs deposition density, undisturbed soil profiles were taken from 23 environments situated between the latitudes of 02oN and 30oS. Sampling sites located along to the equator exhibited 137Cs deposition densities with an average value of 219 Bq m-2. Extremely low deposition densities of 1.3 Bq m-2 were found in the Amazon region. In contrast, the southern part of Brazil, located between latitudes of 20oS and 34oS, exhibited considerably higher deposition densities ranging from 140 Bq m-2 to 1620 Bq m-2. To examine the 137Cs soil-to-plant transfer in the Brazilian agricultural products, 29 mainly tropical plant species, and corresponding soil samples were collected at 43 sampling locations in nine federal states of Brazil. Values of the 137Cs concentration factor plant/soil exhibited a large range from 0.020 (beans) to 6.2 (cassava). Samples of some plant species originated from different collecting areas showed different concentration factors. The 137Cs content of some plants collected was not measurable due to a very low 137Cs concentration level found in the upper layers of the incremental soils. Globally, the soil-to-plant transfer of 137Cs can be described by a logarithmic normal distribution with a geometric mean of 0.3 and a geometric standard deviation of 3.9

  17. 137Cs and 90Sr aerosol-carriers origination when welding radioactively contaminated metal structures

    The results of research of main parameters of welding process influence to 137Cs and 90Sr radionuclides transition regularity in a welding aerosol are demonstrated. The 137Cs specific activity in welding aerosol decreases according to power law with lessening of surface activity of plates being welded on, and depends on content of electrode cover and does not depend on welding heat input. Respirable fraction activity of welding aerosol exceeds at 20 - 30 % the welding aerosol activity as a whole.

  18. Inventory and vertical migration of 137Cs in Spanish mainland soils

    In this study the total activity of 137Cs deposited per unit area over the Spanish peninsular territory was analysed using a 150 x 150 km2 mesh grid, with samples taken from 29 points. The deposited activities ranged between 251 and 6074 Bq/m2. A linear relationship was obtained between these values and the mean annual rainfall at each sampling point which allowed a map to be drawn, using GIS software, which shows the distribution of total deposited 137Cs activity across the Spanish mainland. At twelve of these sampling points the vertical migration profile of 137Cs was obtained. These profiles are separated into two groups with different behaviour, one of which includes clay and loam soils and the other containing sandy soils. For both groups of profiles the parameters of the convective-diffusive model, which describes the vertical migration of 137Cs in the soil, v (apparent convection velocity) and D (apparent diffusion coefficient) were calculated. - Highlights: → Measured the 137Cs activity in Spanish mainland, being within a range of [251, 6074] Bq/m2, with a mean value of 1726 Bq/m2. → Establishment of the 137Cs background by means of a 137Cs inventory map showing its distribution in the Spanish mainland. → 137Cs shows two different behaviour tendencies in soil depending on it. → The parameters which govern the applied model have been obtained for the analysed profiles. → Analysed those parameters, the two tendencies have been reflected in the obtained values.

  19. 90Sr and 137Cs in higher aquatic plants of the Chernobyl NPP exclusion zone

    The content of 90Sr and 137Cs radionuclides in higher aquatic plants of water object within Chernobyl NPP exclusion zone has been analysed. Biodiversity of phytocenose was studied and species-indicators of radioactive contamination were revealed. The seasonal dynamics of radionuclide content in macrophytes was studied and the role of main aquatic plant clumps in processes of 90Sr and 137Cs distribution in abiotic component of biohydrocenose was demonstrated

  20. [90Sr and 137Cs in higher aquatic plants of the Chernobyl nuclear plant exlusion zone

    Gudkov, D I; Derevets, V V; Kuz'menko, M I; Nazarov, A B

    2001-01-01

    The content of radionuclides 90Sr and 137Cs in higher aquatic plants of water objects within Chernobyl NPP exclusion zone has been analysed. Biodiversity of phytocenose was studied and species-indicators of radioactive contamination were revealed. The seasonal dynamics of radionuclide content in macrophytes was studied and the role of main aquatic plant clumps in processes of 137Cs and 90Sr distribution in abiotic component of biohydrocenose was demonstrated. PMID:11402559

  1. Toxicity of injected 137CsCl in beagle dogs. IX

    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry and effects of intravenously administered 137CsCl in the Beagle dog are being conducted to aid in assessing the biologic consequences of exposure to 137Cs such as occurs in the event of certain nuclear accidents. Effects of the chronic, relatively uniform whole-body exposure produced by 137Cs are being compared with other diverse radiation dose patterns resulting from inhalation of radioactive aerosols. Sixty-six dogs were entered into the study: six with a mean initial 137Cs body burden of 3780 μCi/kg and five groups of 12 dogs each with mean initial 137Cs body burdens of 2820, 1940, 1420, 970 and 0 μCi/kg. Seventeen of the dogs injected with 137CsCl have died: 11 at 19 to 81 days after injection and cumulative whole-body doses of 860 to 1400 rads died with severe bone marrow damage and resultant pancytopenia; two at 2471 and 2707 days after injection and cumulative doses of 690 and 1800 rads with a neurofibrosarcoma of the liver and a mast cell tumor of the skin; four at 693 to 2148 days after injection and cumulative doses of 840 to 2000 rads with shock, aspiration pneumonia, severe arthritis and renal amyloidosis. Two control dogs died; one at 647 days with auto-immune hemolytic anemia and one at 2442 days with renal amyloidosis. Serial observations are continuing on the 37 137CsCl dogs and 10 control dogs. The 137CsCl dogs now alive have cumulative whole-body doses of 550 to 2200 rads at 2777 to 3031 days after injection

  2. Toxicity of injected 137CsCl in beagle dogs. X

    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry and effects of intravenously administered 137CsCl in the Beagle dog are being conducted to aid in assessing the biologic consequences of exposure to 137Cs such as occurs in the event of certain nuclear accidents. Effects of the chronic, relatively uniform whole-body exposure produced by 137Cs are being compared with other diverse radiation dose patterns resulting from inhalation of radioactive aerosols. Sixty-six dogs were entered into the study: six with a mean initial 137Cs body burden of 3780 μCi/kg and five groups of 12 dogs each with mean initial 137Cs body burdens of 2820, 1940, 1420, 970 and 0 μCi/kg. Eighteen of the dogs injected with 137CsCl have died: 11 from 19 to 81 days after injection and cumulative whole-body doses of 860 to 1400 rads died with severe bone marrow damage and resultant pancytopenia; two at 2471 days and at 2707 days after injection and cumulative doses of 690 and 1800 rads with a neurofibrosarcoma of the liver and a mast cell tumor of the skin; five from 693 to 3162 days after injection and cumulative doses of 840 to 2000 rads with shock, aspiration pneumonia, severe arthritis, renal amyloidosis and congestive heart failure. Three control dogs died; one at 647 days with auto-immune hemolytic anemia, one at 2442 days with renal amyloidosis and one at 3088 days with disseminated complex mammary adenocarcinoma. Serial observations are continuing on the 36 137CsCl dogs and nine control dogs. The 137CsCl dogs now alive have cumulative whole-body doses of 550 to 2200 rads from 2777 to 3031 days after injection

  3. 137Cs: A Widely Used and Validated Medium Term Soil Tracer

    Radioactive Caesium-137 (137Cs) is found globally in the environment due to fallout after nuclear weapon testing in the fifties and sixties, and nuclear accidents in the more recent past. The properties and particular features of 137Cs (half-life of about 30 years), such as its strong adsorption to soil particles, make it an exceptional and the most widely used soil tracer for studying soil movement processes. The 137Cs method that possesses a number of major advantages over traditional approaches to document erosion and deposition rates, provides estimates of soil redistribution averaged over a period of several decades. It has been employed to study soil redistribution under different agro-ecological conditions in many different areas of the world. 137Cs has been also used in soil erosion investigations over a wide range of geographic scales, extending from experimental plots, through fields of a few hectares to small watersheds of several km2. This method has been validated by many international peer-reviewed studies that compared erosion rates obtained with 137Cs, other tracers, direct measurements at various scales and/or traditional soil erosion modelling. Significant progress has been made in harmonizing protocols for application of 137Cs-based soil erosion research through cooperation of specialist teams and coordination by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The development, refinement and calibration of the 137Cs method have provided a universal and mature tool to quantify soil redistribution rates in a range of natural and agro-ecosystems, and have paved the way for a wider application of the technique, particularly in assessing the effectiveness of soil conservation technologies in controlling or mitigating soil erosion and associated degradation processes. This paper explains the fundamental principles of the use of fallout radionuclides for soil erosion assessments based on the example of 137Cs. (author)

  4. Peculiarities of 137Cs translocation in higher plants under environmental and laboratory conditions

    Accumulation of technogenic 137Cs in higher plant roots and above-ground part and comparison of 137Cs and 40K transfer from roots to the above-ground part of plant as well as distribution within above-ground part of plant under environmental conditions were investigated. Parallely, the results of the investigations of 137Cs accumulation in the roots and shoots of test-organism Lepidium sativum L. in the model hydroponic system aqueous solution-solid phase-plant were analyzed. Peculiarities of transfer of this radionuclide from roots to shoots during the entire plant growing period under experimental conditions were determined. 137Cs activity in the tested plants of meadow ecotop was on an average 6-fold lower than in the plants of swamp and 10-fold lower than in the plants of forest ecotop. Differences in 137Cs and 40K transfer from roots to the above-ground part of plant and their distribution in plants indicate particular biological metabolism of these radionuclides in plants. Increased levels of 137Cs in soil practically did not affect the 40K transfer from roots to the above-ground part of plants. The results of investigations under natural and laboratory conditions show that increasing contamination of growth medium with 137Cs caused higher accumulation of this radionuclide in roots but its transfer from roots to the above-ground part of plant decreased or changed insignificantly. 137Cs transfer from roots to above-ground part under natural (Artemisia vulgaris) and laboratory (Lepidium sativum) conditions was rather similar. (authors)

  5. Toxicity of injected 137CsCl in Beagle dogs. XI

    Studies of the metabolism, dosimetry and effects of intravenously administered 137CsCl in the Beagle dog are being conducted to aid in assessing the biologic consequences of exposure to 137Cs that might occur in the event of certain nuclear accidents. Effects of the chronic, relatively uniform whole-body exposure produced by 137Cs are being compared with other diverse radiation dose patterns resulting from inhalation of radioactive aerosols. Sixty-six dogs were entered into the study: six with a mean initial 137Cs body burden of 3780 μCi/kg and five groups of 12 dogs each with mean initial 137Cs body burdens of 2820, 1940, 1420, 970 and 0 μCi/kg. Twenty-two of the dogs injected with 137CsCl have died: 11 with cumulative whole-body doses of 860 to 1400 rads died from 19 to 81 days after injection with severe bone marrow damage and resultant pancytopenia; four with cumulative whole-body doses of 690 to 1900 rads have died between 2471 and 3386 days post injection with neurofibrosarcoma of the liver, dermal mast cell tumor, hemangiosarcoma of the right atrium, and squamous cell carcinoma of the maxillary sinus and soft palate; seven with cumulative doses of 840 to 2200 rads from 693 to 3529 days after injection with shock, aspiration pneumonia, severe arthritis, renal amyloidosis, congestive heart failure, leiomyoma of bladder and urethra, and brain and spinal cord edema. Four control dogs have died: one at 647 days with auto-immune hemolytic anemia, one at 2442 days with renal amyloidosis, one at 3088 days with disseminated complex mammary adenocarcinoma and one at 3265 days with chronic interstitial nephritis. Serial observations are continuing on the 32 137CsCl injected dogs and eight control dogs. The 137CsCl injected dogs now alive have cumulative whole-body doses of 550 to 1500 rads from 3508 to 3762 days after injection

  6. Study of relation between 137Cs soil-to-plant transfer factor and basic soil properties

    Experiments are reviewed in which along with the determination of the 137Cs soil-to-plant transfer factors, the basic properties of soils were determined. The basic properties of soils were completely determined only in a small number of experimental studies. In the said experiments, a multi-parameter regression analysis was used to find a regression equation suitable for reliable forecast of 137Cs content in plants according to the properties of soils. (author). 7 tabs., 34 refs

  7. Phytoremediation of 137Cs from low level nuclear waste using Catharanthus roseus

    Remediation of radionuclides has been carried out using the phytoremediation technology. The green plants have been screened for the uptake potential of radionuclide and found that Catharanthus roseus has the high potential for radionuclides in particular 137Cs. Low level nuclear waste (LLNW) collected from effluent treatment plant, BARC has been characterized for physico-chemical and the presence of traces of radionuclides. LLNW was spiked with 3.7 x 104 kBqL-1 activity level of 137Cs. The plants of C. roseus were grown in (i) LLNW, (ii) 137Cs spiked LLNW and (iii) with the control. The radio activities were measured in the solution at the intervals of 0, 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 15 days in triplicate set of the experiment. The plants were harvested after the growth. The depletion of 137Cs in LLNW was found to be 19, 21, 24, 38, 60 and 76% at intervals of 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 15 days, respectively. The bio-accumulation of 137Cs has been measured in the roots and shoots of the harvested plants. The activity of 137Cs was found higher in shoots (998 kBq g-1 dw) as compared to the roots (735 kBq g-1 dw). The uptake of radionuclide-137Cs, bio-accumulation in the shoot via the active transport from the root, shows the high efficiency and potentiality of C. roseus for the remediation of radionuclide. The bio-accumulation of 137Cs in the shoot will remediate the radionuclide contamination from LLNW. C. roseus can also be made applicable for effective remediation of radionuclides present in the LLNW. (author)

  8. A survey of 90Sr and 137Cs activity levels of retail foods in Japan

    A comprehensive survey was conducted on 90Sr and 137Cs activity levels in retail foods purchased from retail markets all over Japan during the period 1989-1994, and the annual effective dose equivalent due to dietary ingestion was estimated. The concentrations of 90Sr and 137Cs in the food samples were determined using γ-ray spectrometry and the radiochemical method. The following were clarified by this study: (1) The 90Sr and 137Cs activity concentration levels were below 1 Bq kg-1 for almost all food samples except for the dried foods. (2) The activity concentration levels of 90Sr and 137Cs in foods of animal origin were different from those of plant origin. Generally, the former had higher 137Cs and lower 90Sr activity concentrations than the latter. (3) The mean and maximum values of the annual effective dose equivalent from a dietary intake of 90Sr and 137Cs by the consumption of retail foods were estimated to be as low as 1·3 and 4·1 μSv, respectively. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  9. Monitoring 137Cs and 134Cs at marine coasts in Indonesia between 2011 and 2013

    Highlights: • In response to the Japan Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. • The monitoring have been carried out in some Indonesia coasts. • 137Cs in the eastern and western Indonesia coasts originated from global fallout. - Abstract: Environmental samples (seawater, sediments and biota) were collected along the eastern and western Indonesian coasts between 2011 and 2013 to anticipate the possible impacts of the Fukushima radioactive releases in Indonesia. On the eastern coasts (south and north Sulawesi), the 137Cs concentrations in the seawater and sediments were 0.12–0.32 Bq m−3 and 0.10–1.03 Bq kg−1, respectively. On the western coasts (West Sumatra, Bangka Island, North Java, South Java and Madura island), the 137Cs concentrations in the seawater and sediments were 0.12–0.66 Bq m−3 and 0.19–1.64 Bq kg−1, respectively. In general, the 137Cs concentrations in the fish from several Indonesian coasts were 137Cs concentrations in mollusk, crab and prawn were 10.65–38.78, 4.02 and 6.16 mBq kg−1, respectively. 134Cs was not detected in the seawater, sediments or biota. Thus, it was concluded that 137Cs on the eastern and western Indonesian coasts originated from global fallout

  10. Sampling soils for 137Cs using various field-sampling volumes

    The sediments from a liquid effluent receiving area at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and soils from intensive study area in the fallout pathway of Trinity were sampled for 137Cs using 25-, 500-, 2500-, and 12 500-cm3 field sampling volumes. A highly replicated sampling program was used to determine mean concentrations and inventories of 137Cs at each site, as well as estimates of spatial, aliquoting, and counting variance components of the radionuclide data. The sampling methods were also analyzed as a function of soil size fractions collected in each field sampling volume and of the total cost of the program for a given variation in the radionuclide survey results. Coefficients of variation (CV) of 137Cs inventory estimates ranged from 0.063 to 0.14 for Mortandad Canyon sediments, where CV values for Trinity soils were observed from 0.38 to 0.57. Spatial variance components of 137Cs concentration data were usually found to be larger than either the aliquoting or counting variance estimates and were inversely related to field sampling volume at the Trinity intensive site. Subsequent optimization studies of the sampling schemes demonstrated that each aliquot should be counted once, and that only 2 to 4 aliquots out of an many as 30 collected need be assayed for 137Cs. The optimization studies showed that as sample costs increased to 45 man-hours of labor per sample, the variance of the mean 137Cs concentration decreased dramatically, but decreased very little with additional labor

  11. Effect of 137Cs on spring wheat and transfer in soil-wheat systems

    The study emphasized on the effect of 137Cs on spring wheat and transfer factors in soil-wheat system. The results show that the spring wheat grown normally under the experimental conditions and no adverse effects appeared; the absorption trends of 137Cs by spring wheat were in the order of Dayawan soil > Qinshan soil > Beijing soil; the specific radioactivity of 137Cs in wheat increased in the magnitude order varying with the radioactivity of 137Cs applied in the soils and the relationship was significant difference in positive; the transfer factor (TF) of 137Cs in the soil-plant systems varied with the characteristic of soil and the range was within n x 10-2- n x 100 in the same activity of contamination; in the same soil-plant system the TF value increased varying with the radioactivity of 137Cs contamination in the range of 2.2 x 10-2 - 5.4 x 10-2 for Beijing soil plant system, 1.04 - 2.09 for Dayawan soil-plant system and 0.51 - 1.21 for Qinshan soil-plant system

  12. Distribution of {sup 137}Cs in water leachates of forest humus

    Passeck, U.; Zech, W. [Bayreuth Univ. (Germany); Lindner, G. [Fachhochschule Coburg (Germany)

    1995-12-31

    The distribution of {sup 137}Cs in water extracts of organic layers of forest soils was investigated using an ultrafiltration method. Samples were taken from two sites in the Bavarian Alps. The different horizons of the organic layers were extracted by column elution with water and 50 mmol/litre CsCl solution. Water extracts were fractionated using membranes with the molecular weight cutoff of 500, 1000 and 3000 Dalton to determine the molecular weight distribution of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The activity of {sup 137}Cs associated with the different DOC-fractions was measured by direct gammaspectrometry. Cesium-137 in the fraction smaller than 500 Dalton was defined as `ionic`. The results indicated a change of the binding sites depending on the degree of decomposition and humification in the profile. Organic bound {sup 137}Cs was identified in all extracts. High mobilities of DOC and {sup 137}Cs were observed in the same horizons, fractionation showed then low-molecular-weight DOC and {sup 137}Cs mainly in ionic form. In horizons with high-molecular-weight DOC the portion of organic bound {sup 137}Cs ranged up to 40%. (author).

  13. The feature and distribution of 137Cs in the forest soil

    The 137Cs concentration in an undisturbed upper layer of naked land in Fukuoka Prefecture decreased exponentially from 1969 to 1999 with the apparent half-life of 7 years. The ratio of 137Cs concentration in the lower layer of the soil to that in the upper layer was about 1/5. The concentration of 137Cs, 40K, and stable Cs and the soil profile consisting of loss on ignition, pH, and electric conductivity were determined in the 48 samples collected in the forests and the neighboring naked land from 1991 to 1998. The 137Cs concentration in the forest soils ranged from 1 to 424 Bq/kg dry wt, 131 Bq/kg dry wt on average, although 137Cs was hardly detected in the naked soil around the forest. There was no regional difference in the distribution of the 137Cs concentration, and it varied with pH and electric conductivity in the soil. Further, it tended to be higher in the deciduous woodland than in the evergreen woodland. (author)

  14. 137Cs and 40K in the flesh of Pacific albacore, 1964-1974

    Concentrations of 137Cs in the flesh of albacore tuna caught off the California coast during the last 10 yr decreased by a considerably smaller factor than did corresponding values reported for atmospheric fallout. Between 1965 and 1974, average tissue concentrations decreased steadily from 90 to approx. 40pCi/wet kg, which suggests an effective half-time for 137Cs in the upper layer of the eastern North Pacific of about 1 decade. Values for natural 40K, which was measured at the same time, averaged 3300pCi/wet kg. The 1965 mean concentrations of 137Cs in albacore from four widely separated fisheries in the Northern Hemisphere agreed within a factor of two, ranging from 50 to 90pCi/wet kg. In contrast, specimens from South Pacific fishery based at American Samoa averaged only 14pCi/wet kg. Surface seawater collected around Tutuila Island averaged 0.085pCi/l. 137Cs, in good agreement with measurements made a year later over a much wider area of the South Pacific. No larger variations in flesh concentrations of 137Cs or 40K were observed as a function of tuna size, species, portion of the body sampled or cooking. Thus, radioanalysis of canned tuna may be an efficient method of following major changes in 137Cs contamination of upper layers of the world ocean. (author)

  15. Dietary 137Cs and 90Sr in Finland in 1960 - 2000

    Domestic animal products dominated dietary intake of 137 Cs in 1960 2000. Freshwater fish and vegetable products of agricultural origin were almost equal contributors of 137 Cs to the diet. Wild foods received from forests, assessed using a simple approach, were also non-negligible sources of 137 Cs. Marine and brackish-water fishes, although of low activity concentration of 137 Cs compared to freshwater fishes, added to the ingestion dose through a higher consumption rate. Sources of dietary 137 Cs during the period of atmospheric nuclear fallout from weapon tests differed from the post-Chernobyl time. Agricultural produce then seemed to dominate the 137 Cs received via the Finnish diet more than after the Chernobyl accident. Subsequent growth periods of considerable stratospheric fallout made the pathways from vegetation to human diet important in the 1960s. Strontium 90 is mobile in soils for long periods of time. However, it has not been a significant dietary nuclide for Finns during the history of environmental radioactive contamination. In the years of maximum deposition rates in early 1960s the doses exceeded more than tenfold the doses in the following decades, and also the doses received after the Chernobyl accident (Rajama and Rantavaara 1982). The wild foods from forests are not likely to contribute to ingestion of 90 Sr essentially more than similar types of agricultural and garden products replacing wild foods in the diets of non-pickers and non-hunters. (AU)

  16. 137Cs in puddle sediments as timescale tracer in urban environment

    The 137Cs-based chronological approach is suggested to identify the age of urban landscapes and the chronology of pollution of soil in residential areas. Three main pivot points constitute the basis of the chronological approach: beginning of the Atomic Era in 1945, the maximum input in 1963 and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Application of 137Cs as a timescale tracer was tested on the example of Ekaterinburg, a city in the Middle Urals region of Russia. The sampling of recent urban sediments of micro water bodies (puddles) was carried out in 210 locations in 2007–2010. The concentrations of Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni, Co, Mn and Fe, and activity concentrations of 137Cs were measured. It was found that the 137Cs concentrations in the puddle sediments correlated with the age of surrounding buildings determined by the year of construction. The correlations between the concentrations of metals and 137Cs in the puddle sediments identified the major pollutants of the urban area, assessing their background concentrations and obtaining the average annual inputs. - Highlights: • The approach to assess age of landscape and chronology of heavy metal pollution of urban environment is suggested. • Technogenic isotope 137Cs is used as a timescale tracer. • The puddle sediments reflect the recent pollution of urban soil. • The approach allows identifying the pollutants, assessing their background values, and obtaining the average annual input of pollutants

  17. Influence on the mouse immune system of chronic ingestion of 137Cs

    The aim of this work was to determine the possible occurrence of damage to the immune system during the course of chronic ingestion of 137Cs. BALB/C mice were used, with 137Cs intake via drinking water at a concentration of 20 kBq l-1. Adults received 137Cs before mating and offspring were sacrificed at various ages between birth and 20 weeks. Phenotypic analysis of circulating blood cells and thymocytes did not show any significant modification of immune cell populations in animals ingesting 137Cs as compared with control animals, with the exception of a slight increase in Treg percentage at the age of 12 weeks. Functional tests, including proliferative response to mitogens such as phytohaemagglutinin, response to alloantigens in mixed lymphocyte reaction and immunoglobulin response to vaccine antigens such as tetanus toxin and keyhole limpet haemocyanin did not show any significant functional modification of the immune system in 137Cs-ingesting animals as compared with control animals. Overall, our results suggest that chronic ingestion of a low concentration of 137Cs in drinking water in the long term does not have any biologically relevant effect on the immune system.

  18. The 137Cs accumulation by forest-derived products in the Gomel region

    This paper reports basic features of the 137Cs uptake by forest-derived products in the Gomel region. Even with the soil contamination density of 37 kBq m−2 the radionuclide contents in 20–30% of mushrooms and berries were found to be higher than the admissible levels. The 137Cs contamination density of soil, site type and meteorological parameters were observed as the major factors which govern the radiocaesium uptake by mushrooms and berries. The 137Cs contents in forest-derived products were found to increase directly with the soil contamination density. Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) growing on different site types differed significantly in the 137Cs content. It was also determined that statistically significant differences in the 137Cs radioactivity of forest foods growing on different natural sites were governed by the factor designated in the current study by “territorial”. The differences are to be accounted for both by forms of the Chernobyl fallout and by the natural and climatic conditions determining variations in the availability of radionuclides in the soil. In dry years the 137Cs concentrations in some mushroom species were higher than in normal years

  19. Influence on the mouse immune system of chronic ingestion of {sup 137}Cs

    Bertho, Jean-Marc; Faure, Marie-Cecile; Louiba, Sonia; Tourlonias, Elie; Stefani, Johanna; Siffert, Baptiste; Paquet, Francois; Dublineau, Isabelle, E-mail: Jean-marc.bertho@irsn.fr [IRSN, Laboratoire de Radiotoxicologie Experimentale, Fontenay aux Roses (France)

    2011-03-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the possible occurrence of damage to the immune system during the course of chronic ingestion of {sup 137}Cs. BALB/C mice were used, with {sup 137}Cs intake via drinking water at a concentration of 20 kBq l{sup -1}. Adults received {sup 137}Cs before mating and offspring were sacrificed at various ages between birth and 20 weeks. Phenotypic analysis of circulating blood cells and thymocytes did not show any significant modification of immune cell populations in animals ingesting {sup 137}Cs as compared with control animals, with the exception of a slight increase in Treg percentage at the age of 12 weeks. Functional tests, including proliferative response to mitogens such as phytohaemagglutinin, response to alloantigens in mixed lymphocyte reaction and immunoglobulin response to vaccine antigens such as tetanus toxin and keyhole limpet haemocyanin did not show any significant functional modification of the immune system in {sup 137}Cs-ingesting animals as compared with control animals. Overall, our results suggest that chronic ingestion of a low concentration of {sup 137}Cs in drinking water in the long term does not have any biologically relevant effect on the immune system.

  20. Deposition of atmospheric (137)Cs in Japan associated with the Asian dust event of March 2002.

    Fujiwara, Hideshi; Fukuyama, Taijiro; Shirato, Yasuhito; Ohkuro, Toshiya; Taniyama, Ichiro; Zhang, Tong-Hui

    2007-10-01

    Considerable deposition of (137)Cs was observed in the northwestern coastal area of Japan in March 2002. Since there were no nuclear explosions or serious nuclear accidents in the early 2000s, transport of previously contaminated dust appears to be the only plausible explanation for this event. In March 2002, there was a massive sandstorm on the East Asian continent, and the dust raised by the storm was transported across the sea to Japan. This dust originated in Mongolia and northeastern China, in an area distant from the Chinese nuclear test site at Lop Nor or any other known possible sources of (137)Cs. Our radioactivity measurements showed (137)Cs enrichment in the surface layer of grassland soils in the area of the sandstorm, which we attributed to accumulation as a result of past nuclear testing. We suggest that the grassland is a potential source of (137)Cs-bearing soil particles. Since the late 1990s, this area has experienced drought conditions, resulting in a considerable reduction of vegetation cover. We attribute the prodigious release of (137)Cs-bearing soil particles into the atmosphere during the sandstorm and the subsequent deposition of (137)Cs in Japan to this change. PMID:17604085

  1. A new approach to analysis of relationships between 137Cs activity concentrations in forest soil horizons

    The measurements results of 137Cs activity concentrations in forest soil profiles are discussed. In studies some simplifications were considered. First of them concerns disregarding of soil subtype in data analysis. However initially this parameter was considered in data analysis, it was finally ignored. The second assumption drops information about specific soil horizon. Description of 137Cs accumulation is based on relationships between its relative activity concentrations in soil layers. The model formulation was based on the results of exploratory data analysis of the relative 137Cs activity concentrations. In studies the methods designed for compositional data analysis were used. The results of analysis showed that the relationships between the relative activity concentrations of 137Cs in soil layers, due to their nature, might be divided into two groups. The first of them concerns layers located close to soil surface. The relative activity concentrations of 137Cs in these layers are proportional to each other, and distribution mechanism of cesium within them has the characteristics of the process leading to thermodynamic equilibrium. The second group is related to layers that are located deeper. The calculation results suggest lack of thermodynamic equilibrium between these layers and layers situated above. Utilization of a linear model for description of changes in relative activity concentrations of 137Cs in deeper layers supposes that these changes occur much slower than in layers lying above. (author)

  2. Accumulation of 137Cs after potassium fertilization in plant organs of Salix viminalis L. and in combusted ash

    The effect of potassium (K) application at a common rate on 137Cs uptake and distribution within basket willow (Salix viminalis L.) and 137Cs activity in willow ash was studied in a three-year field experiment on a sandy soil. Experimental plots fertilized with 60 kg N and 48 kg K per ha were compared with a control with similar N but no K fertilization. There was no significant difference in 137Cs activity concentrations in plants growing on plots with or without fertilizer K. Higher concentrations of 137Cs activity were found in roots and leaves of willow than in stems and cuttings. The highest 137Cs activity concentration was detected in the fine roots (size 0-1 mm). The transfer factor (TFg) of 137Cs in different plant organs varied between 0.1 x 10-3 and 2.6 x 10-3 m2 kg-1. After combustion, 137Cs activity concentrations in ash produced from wood chips from K-fertilized plots were significantly lower than those in ash originating from plots without K fertilization. Fly ash had higher 137Cs concentrations than bottom ash and all ash samples had 137Cs concentrations that were well below the 10 000 Bq kg-1 Swedish limit for spreading on land. -- Highlights: → We studied effect of potassium on 137Cs uptake by basket willow (Salix viminalis). → No significant difference in 137Cs activity in plants was found. → Higher 137Cs activity was found in roots and leaves than in stems and cuttings. → Highest 137Cs activity was detected in fine roots (size 0-1 mm). → Transfer factors of 137Cs in plant organs were 0.1 x 10-3 and 2.6 x 10-3 m2 kg-1.

  3. Deposition, transfer and migration of 137Cs and 90Sr in Swedish agricultural environments, and use of 137Cs for erosion studies

    Intensive atmospheric tests of nuclear bombs in the late 1950s and early 1960s resulted in fallout on Sweden of 3 kBq/m2137Cs and 2 kBq/m290Sr. To determine how soil characteristics influence radionuclide transfer to red clover, pot experiments with 137Cs and 90Sr were made with 178 Swedish mineral soils; significant negative correlations were obtained the with levels of P, K and Ca. To quantify impact in field conditions, experiments with artificial depositions on microplots were started in 1961. Transfer to barley on 12 topsoils combined with sandy and clay subsoils, and to grass on two contrasting pastures, was followed over two decades. The subsoil type was found to be important. Fallout of 137Cs from the Chernobyl accident, up to 200 kBq/m2 in some areas of Sweden, was studied between 1986 and 1994. As in the microplot experiments, transfer of 137Cs to grass was higher than to arable crops. Transfer rates were high in the first year(s), and then decreased differently from year to year, as shown by a new Tar (i.e. annual reduction rate in nuclide transfer) concept. The use of Chernobyl fallout to investigate soil redistribution on arable fields is briefly discussed; a frame-scrape soil-sampling procedure is proposed to improve the accuracy and precision of the 137Cs technique for evaluation of soil erosion. (author)

  4. Effective half-lives of 137Cs in giant butterbur and field horsetail, and the distribution differences of potassium and 137Cs in aboveground tissue parts

    Concentrations of 137Cs and 40K in different tissues of edible wild herbaceous plants, that is, leaf blade and petiole for giant butterbur (Petasites japonicas (Siebold et Zucc.) Maxim.), and leaf, stem and strobilus for fertile shoot of field horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.) were measured in 2012–2014 to clarify the effect in Japan from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The concentrations of 137Cs decreased with time with effective half-lives of ca. 450 d and 360 d for giant butterbur and field horsetail, respectively. The ANOVA test revealed that 40K and 137Cs distributions in leaf blade and petiole for giant butterbur and leaf and stem for field horsetail were different. Therefore, other plants, leaf and stem for Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica (Houtt.) Ronse Decr.) and Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis L.), and leaf blade and petiole for gingko (Ginkgo biloba L.) and Someiyoshino cherry (Cerasus × yedoensis (Matsum.) A.V.Vassil. ‘Somei-yoshino’) were collected from the same sampling field and their 137Cs and 40K concentrations were compared to those in the giant butterbur and field horsetail parts. For 137Cs, concentrations in leaf blade and leaf parts were 1.1–6.0 times higher than those in petiole and stem parts for all six plants. On the other hand, 40K concentrations in leaf blade and leaf parts were 0.40–0.97 of those observed in petiole and stem parts. Discrimination ratios of 40K/137Cs of leaf blade to petiole or leaf to stem were then calculated and they ranged from 0.09 to 0.57. These results suggested that Cs and K did not behave similarly in these plants. Thus, to understand the radiocesium fate in plants, K measurement results should not be used as an analog for Cs behavior although Cs is known to have a similar chemical reactivity to that of K. - Highlights: • 137Cs amounts in leaf blade and leaf were higher than those in petiole and stem in plants. • 40K amounts in leaf blade and leaf were lower than

  5. Activity concentrations of 137Cs in meat of broiler chicken after single and continuous application

    Previously we examined the transfer, distribution and half-live of radiocaesium in broiler chicken after the application of artificially contaminated feed mixture or wheat wheat contaminated from the Chernobyl accident. Our results pointed to a different dynamics of radiocaesium in breast meat compared to leg meat in the chicken after short-time application (3 oral applications in 1 day). The aim of the present study was to find if the results are similar also after single and repeated (long-time) applications of an artificially contaminated feed mixture. Two experiments were carried out with broiler chickens (White Leghorn hybrid, race ISA VEDETTE). In experiment 1, one artificially contaminated oral dose of 5160 Bq of 137Cs (activity concentration 1664 Bq/g) was administered to 18-day-old chickens. In experiment 2, artificially contaminated oral doses of 500 Bq of 137Cs (activity concentration 161.3 Bq/g) were administered to 14-day-old chickens twice a day (at 8:00 and 20:00 h.) for 10 days. In either experiment, four chickens were slaughtered for activity determination in meat (breast and leg muscles) 6, 12, 24, 48 and 96 hours and 2, 4, 8, 10 days, respectively, after the first application of 137Cs. The uptake of the single oral 137Cs was rapid and the maximum 137Cs activity concentrations were found in breast meat (0.783 Bq/g) 24 hours and in leg meat (1.005 Bq/g) 6 hours after 137Cs application. From the 24th hour of the experiment, radiocaesium activity concentrations in breast and leg meat decreased with the biological half-life (T1/2b) of 84 and 66 hours, respectively. During a 10-day application of continuous doses of 137Cs, the Cs activity concentrations increased and were 3.988 Bq/g in breast meat and 5.610 Bq/g in leg meat on day 2, and 7.427 Bq/g and 7.698 Bq/g, respectively, on day 10. Immediately after the administration of radiocaesium was stopped, the 137Cs activity concentrations decreased rapidly with T1/2b = 4.5 and 3.8 days in breast and leg

  6. Distribution of {sup 137}Cs in three representative soils of Pernambuco state, Brazil;Distribuicao de {sup 137}Cs em tres solos representativos do estado de Pernambuco

    Antunes, Patrik Diogo, E-mail: pdantunes@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencias do Solo; Sampaio, Everardo Valadares de Sa Barretto; Ferreira Junior, Antonio Luiz Goncalves; Salcedo, Ignacio Hernan, E-mail: esampaio@ufpe.b, E-mail: antonio.ferreira@ariano.nlink.com.b, E-mail: salcedo@ufpe.b [Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear; Galindo, Izabel Cristina Luna, E-mail: iclgalindo@uol.com.b [Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Agronomia

    2010-05-15

    Contents of {sup 137}Cs have been used to quantify soil loss or accumulations, based on values of reference sites with little soil disturbance in the last decades. In Northeastern Brazil no such sites have been evaluated yet. Three areas with flat topography, native vegetation and undisturbed soil were selected in of Goiania, Araripina and Sertania counties, state of Pernambuco. Four points in each area were marked at a distance of 20 to 50 m away from each other and soil samples were collected in 3 cm depth intervals, down to 30 cm. The {sup 137}Cs activities were determined using gamma spectrometry with a hyper pure germanium detector. Average contents of {sup 137}Cs (Bq m{sup -2}) were 71.6 +- 6.3 in Goiania, 64.0 +- 13.8 in Araripina and 95.5 +- 9.8 in Sertania. Values in this range have been reported in Paraiba and Bahia, and higher ones in the Southeastern region, confirming the reduction of stocks in areas closer to the equator. The highest activities occurred in the surface layers, ranging from 0.5 to 1.6 Bq kg{sup -1}, and decreased linearly with depth until the detection limits: 18 cm in Araripina, 15 cm in Goiania, and 9 cm in Sertania. In Goiania, the activity was highest (2.06 +- 1.0 Bq kg{sup -1}) in an organic horizon above a inorganic horizon. The high activities and stock and lower depth in Sertania could be explained by the predominance of 2:1 clay minerals versus 1:1 clay minerals in the other areas. {sup 137}Cs activities were positively correlated with water and KCl pH values and negatively correlated with Al concentrations. The results confirm that, in the reference areas, {sup 137}Cs activities are highest in the surface layers, decreasing regularly down the soil profile. (author)

  7. Patterns of 137Cs accumulation in bullhead catfish inhabiting an abandoned reactor reservoir

    The author assayed muscle 137Cs concentrations of bullhead catfish (Ameiurus natalis) in order to determine factors contributing to the bioconcentration of this fission product. Bullhead catfish (N = 173) were obtained from the Pond B reservoir, Savannah River Site, SC. Muscle 137Cs concentration did not differ between sexes (ANOVA, P = 0.631). Age of fish (1--6 yr) appeared to explain variation in 137Cs concentration (P = 0.005), but not when mass of fish was included as a model covariate (P = 0.086). Least-square means, adjusted for the covariate, suggested that 1 and 2 yr old fish (71.09 and 81.38 mean pCi/g, respectively) differed from 3, 4, 5, and 6 yr old fish (94.94, 92.34, 97.27, 90.25 mean pCi/g, respectively). Therefore, the effects of age and mass were evaluated by partitioning the data into young (1--2 yr) and older (3, 4, 5, and 6 yr) age classes. When adjusted for mass, age (young vs. old) significantly accounted for differences in 137Cs concentration (78.98 vs. 94.33 mean pCi/g; P = 0.005). Within older fish, neither age (P = 0.870) or mass (P = 0.361) significantly influenced 137Cs concentration. The effect of age within young fish was nonsignificant (P = 0.971) in contrast to the influence of mass (P = 0.044). This suggests that the contribution of 'size' (mass) to 137Cs body burden is related to early growth and that these fish reach an asymptotic 'steady-state' 137Cs concentration by 3 years of age

  8. Sediment and 137Cs behaviors in the Ogaki Dam Reservoir during a heavy rainfall event

    We performed a simulation of sediment and 137Cs behaviors in the Ogaki Dam Reservoir, one of the main irrigation reservoirs in the Fukushima prefecture, Japan, during a heavy rainfall event occurred in 2013. The one-dimensional river and reservoir simulation scheme TODAM, Time-dependent One-dimensional Degradation and Migration, was applied for calculating the time dependent migration of sediment and 137Cs in dissolved and sediment-sorbed forms in the reservoir. Continuous observational data achieved in the upper rivers were used as the input boundary conditions for the simulation. The simulation results were compared with the continuous data achieved in the lower river and we confirmed the predicted values of sediment and 137Cs in sediment-sorbed form at the exit of reservoir satisfactorily reproduced the observational data. We also performed sediment and 137Cs behavioral simulation by changing the water level of the reservoir, because such a dam operation could control the quantities of sediment and 137Cs discharge from and/or deposition in the reservoir. The simulation clarified that the reservoir played an important role to delay and buffer the movement of radioactive cesium in heavy rainfall events and the buffer effect of the reservoir depended on particle sizes of suspended sediment and the water level. It was also understood that silt deposition was the main source of the bed contamination (except for the initial fallout impact), while clay was the main carrier of 137Cs to the lower river at a later stage of rainfall events. - Highlights: • We simulated sediment and 137Cs behavior in a reservoir in the Fukushima area. • The simulation reproduced the measured values during a heavy rainfall event. • It clarified the reservoir buffers contamination movement in heavy rainfall events

  9. 137Cs and 9Sr uptake by sunflower cultivated under hydroponic conditions

    The 9Sr and 137Cs uptake by the plant Helianthus annuus L. was studied during cultivation in a hydroponic medium. The accumulation of radioactivity in plants was measured after 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 days of cultivation. About 12% of 137Cs and 20% of 9Sr accumulated during the experiments. We did not find any differences between the uptake of radioactive and stable caesium and strontium isotopes. Radioactivity distribution within the plant was determined by autoradiography. 137Cs was present mainly in nodal segments, leaf veins and young leaves. High activity of 9Sr was localized in leaf veins, stem, central root and stomata. The influence of stable elements or analogues on the transfer behaviour was investigated. The percentage of non-active caesium and strontium concentration in plants decreased with the increasing initial concentration of Cs or Sr in the medium. The percentage of 9Sr activity in plants decreased with increasing initial activity of the nuclide in the medium, but the activity of 137Cs in plants increased. The influence of K+ and NH4+ on the uptake of 137Cs and the influence of Ca2+ on the uptake of 9Sr was tested. The highest accumulation of 137Cs (24-27% of the initial activity of 137Cs) was found in the presence of 10 mM potassium and 12 mM ammonium ions. Accumulation of about 22% of initial activity of 9Sr was determined in plants grown on the medium with 8 mM calcium ions

  10. {sup 137}Cs and {sup 9}Sr uptake by sunflower cultivated under hydroponic conditions

    Soudek, Petr [Department of Plant Tissue Cultures, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, CZ-166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Valenova, Sarka [Department of Plant Tissue Cultures, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, CZ-166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vavrikova, Zuzana [Department of Plant Tissue Cultures, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, CZ-166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vanek, Tomas [Department of Plant Tissue Cultures, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, CZ-166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: vanek@uochb.cas.cz

    2006-07-01

    The {sup 9}Sr and {sup 137}Cs uptake by the plant Helianthus annuus L. was studied during cultivation in a hydroponic medium. The accumulation of radioactivity in plants was measured after 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 days of cultivation. About 12% of {sup 137}Cs and 20% of {sup 9}Sr accumulated during the experiments. We did not find any differences between the uptake of radioactive and stable caesium and strontium isotopes. Radioactivity distribution within the plant was determined by autoradiography. {sup 137}Cs was present mainly in nodal segments, leaf veins and young leaves. High activity of {sup 9}Sr was localized in leaf veins, stem, central root and stomata. The influence of stable elements or analogues on the transfer behaviour was investigated. The percentage of non-active caesium and strontium concentration in plants decreased with the increasing initial concentration of Cs or Sr in the medium. The percentage of {sup 9}Sr activity in plants decreased with increasing initial activity of the nuclide in the medium, but the activity of {sup 137}Cs in plants increased. The influence of K{sup +} and NH{sub 4} {sup +} on the uptake of {sup 137}Cs and the influence of Ca{sup 2+} on the uptake of {sup 9}Sr was tested. The highest accumulation of {sup 137}Cs (24-27% of the initial activity of {sup 137}Cs) was found in the presence of 10 mM potassium and 12 mM ammonium ions. Accumulation of about 22% of initial activity of {sup 9}Sr was determined in plants grown on the medium with 8 mM calcium ions.

  11. Precipitation scavenging of 7Be and 137Cs radionuclides in air

    Atmospheric depositional fluxes of the naturally occurring 7Be of cosmogenic origin and 137Cs from fallout of the Chernobyl accident were measured over a 6-year period (January 1987-December 1992) at Thessaloniki, Greece (40o38'N, 22o58'E). Total precipitation accumulation during 1987-1992 varied between 33.7 cm and 65.2 cm, reflecting a relatively dry (precipitation-free) climate. The activity concentrations of 7Be and 137Cs in rainwater depended on the precipitation rate, being higher for low precipitation rates and lesser for high precipitation rates. 137Cs was removed by rain and snow more efficiently than 7Be. Snowfall was more efficient than rainfall in removing the radionuclides from the atmosphere. The annual bulk depositional fluxes of 7Be varied between 477 and 1133 Bq m-2 y-1 and this variability was attributed to the amount of precipitation and the variations of the atmospheric concentrations of 7Be. The annual bulk depositional fluxes of 137Cs showed a significant decrease over time from 1987 to 1992, resulting in a removal half-life of 1.33 years. The presence of 137Cs in air, and therefore in rainwater and snow, long after the Chernobyl accident (26 April 1986) was mainly due to the resuspension process. The normalized depositional fluxes of both radionuclides showed maximal values during the spring season where the maximum amount of precipitation occurred. The relatively high positive correlation between 7Be and 137Cs normalized depositional fluxes indicates that the scavenging process of local precipitation controlled the fluxes of both radionuclides. The dry depositional flux of 7Be was less than 9.37% of total (wet and dry) depositional flux. The fraction of dry-to-total depositional flux of 137Cs was much higher than that of 7Be, due to the resuspended soil

  12. Total beta activity, 137Cs and 90Sr in surface air in northern Finland in 1963

    Air filter samples collected at Sodankylae(67 22' N, 26 39' E) were analyzed to determine concentrations of 137Cs and 90Sr in surface air in northern Finland in 1963. Previously, activity concentrations of Pu isotopes have been determined from the same filters. Activity concentrations of 137Cs and 90Sr in surface air were 3-13800 ± 2700 μBq/m3 and 3-5340 ± 290 μBq/m3, respectively. Air concentrations of 137Cs and 90Sr varied seasonally with a maximum in spring due to the springtime enhanced transportation of air masses with radioactive aerosols from the stratosphere to the troposphere. Activity ratios 90Sr/239+240Pu and 90Sr/137Cs were 6.9 ± 0.8-75 ± 5 and 0.08 ± 0.03-1.46 ± 0.51, respectively. The median value for the 90Sr/137Cs ratio (0.508) indicates contamination from global nuclear test fallout. An air mass back trajectory analysis suggests that no direct transport of radioactivity from the Novaya Zemlya test site to northern Finland occurred in 1963. (orig.)

  13. Isolation of 137-Cs in tuna fish by ammonium phosphomolybdate (AMP)

    The isolation of 137-Cs in tuna fish (Neithunnus macroptenus) has been carried out using AMP. The energy of 137-Cs was measure using NaI(T1) detector connected to a Multi Channel Analyzer (MCA). In standard solution of 137-Cs with activity 160.74 and 80.37 pCi, the addition of 120 mg AMP and 7 hours of absorption time, caused 97% of 137-Cs in the solution was absorbed. The destruction of tuna fish was carried out using two methods namely by wet destruction with sulfuric acid, nitrit acid and hydrogen peroxid mixture and by wet destruction with hydrogen peroxide. The applications of this technique of tuna fish was carried out by spiking 137-Cs standard into the fish before being destructed. The recovery obtained from wet destruction with H2O2 was about 80%, while from destruction with acid mixtures and H2O2 was only about 47%. (authors). 3 refs, 3 tabs

  14. Specific activity and concentration model applied to 137Cs movement in a eutrophic lake

    A linear systems-analysis model which simulates time-dependent dynamics of specific activity and concentration of radiocesium in lake ecosystems was applied to a shallow, eutrophic lake that had received a pulse input of 137Cs. Best estimates of transfer coefficients for abiotic compartments (sediment, interstitial water and lake water) and the macrophyte compartment which controlled the mass balance of cesium in water were determined by ''tuning'' our initial estimates of the transfer coefficients to observed data on 137Cs concentrations and contents of these compartments. In most cases, the optimized transfer coefficients for the abiotic compartments were not greatly different from our independently derived initial estimates, and the simulations for optimized coefficients were close to those based on initial estimates. The 137Cs concentrations in water as predicted by the optimized transfer coefficients were then used to calculate 137Cs kinetics in biota other than macrophytes. In general, model simulations were close to concentrations observed in the biota. The agreement between 137Cs concentrations and simulations in bottom invertebrates supported our assumption that bottom sediments are not a major source of Cs to the biota. Our specific activity and concentration model was compared to the radionuclide content model, the model used in terrestrial ecosystems. For biotic components of aquatic ecosystems, values of α/sub ij/, the transfer coefficients of our model, are easily estimated from turnover rates of radiocesium in individual organisms in the laboratory

  15. Assessment of the transfer of 137Cs in three types of vegetables consumed in Hong Kong

    A dynamic food chain model has been built for the modeling of the transfer of 137Cs in three types of vegetables consumed in Hong Kong, namely, white flowering cabbage (Brassica chinensis), head lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and celery (Apium graveolens). Some parameters have been estimated from the experimental data obtained in this work. The experimental data include the transfer factors of 137Cs from soil to the different vegetable species which are determined through high resolution gamma spectrometry, maximum crop biomasses for the vegetable species, the dry-to-fresh ratios for the vegetable species, the bulk density of soil layers and the average concentration of 137Cs in air. The derived parameters include the deposition rate and the root uptake rate, information for tillage, the logistic growth model and radionuclide concentrations in vegetables. The dynamic food chain model is solved by the Birchall-James algorithm to give the 137Cs concentration in subsurface soil, from the 0.1-25 cm soil layer, and the 137Cs concentration in harvested and unwashed vegetables. As validation of the model and parameters, the concentrations obtained experimentally and from the model are compared and are found to be in good agreement

  16. Temporal change in fallout 137Cs in terrestrial and aquatic systems: a whole ecosystem approach

    During the years after a nuclear accident, the bioavailability and environmental mobility of radiocesium declines markedly, resulting in large changes in contamination of foodstuffs, vegetation, and surface waters. Predicting such changes is crucial to the determination of potential doses to affected populations and therefore to the implementation of radiological countermeasures. We have analyzed 77 data sets of radiocesium (137Cs) activity concentrations in milk, vegetation, and surface waters after the Chernobyl accident. Our results show that the rate of decline in 137Cs during the years after Chernobyl is remarkably consistent in all three ecosystem components, having a mean effective half-life, Teff ≈ 2 years. By comparing changes in 137Cs availability with rates of diffusion of 40K (a close analogue) into the lattice of an illitic clay (1) we have, for the first time, directly linked changes in the environmental availability of 137Cs to fixation processes at a mechanistic level. These changes are consistent with declines in the exchangeable fraction of 137Cs in soils (2, 3)

  17. 137Cs-uptake into wheat (Triticum vulgare) plants from five representative soils of Bangladesh.

    Monira, B; Ullah, S M; Mollah, A S; Chowdhury, N

    2005-05-01

    A pot experiment was conducted to study the uptake of 137Cs by wheat grown in five representative soils of Bangladesh having different soil characteristics. Artificial application of 137Cs increased the activity in soils up to 45.9 Bq/kg soil, measured at the end of the harvest of wheat crop. Different plant parts had different ability to accumulate 137Cs. Grains had the least activity and transfer factor, while the highest activity and lowest transfer factor were measured in roots, which restricted translocation of 137Cs to wheat straw. The result showed that the transfer factors (mean value) varied from 0.05 to 0.114 in wheat straw, 0.066-0.133 in roots and 0.011-0.043 in wheat grains. The activity and transfer factor of radioactive cesium in wheat plants were found to be greatly influenced by soil properties, i.e. clay content, K, organic matter, CEC, pH, exchangeable ions, etc. Cation exchange capacity and calcium in soils influenced positively, while clay minerals, exchangeable K and organic matter, negatively affected the 137Cs activity concentrations in wheat plants. PMID:15931978

  18. ESTIMATION OF SOIL EROSION IN A RESERVOIR WATERSHED USING 137CS FALLOUT RADIONUCLIDE

    Y. J. CHIU; A. M. BORGHUIS; H. Y. LEE; K. T. CHANG; J. H. CHAO

    2007-01-01

    Sedimentation from soil erosion is a critical reservoir watershed management issue. Due to the difficulty of field investigations, empirical formulas are commonly used to estimate the soil erosion rate. However, these estimations are often far from accurate. An effective alternative to estimating soil erosion is to analyze the spatial variation of 137Cs inventory in the soil. 137Cs can be adsorbed by the soil and is widely assumed to change its distribution only when disturbed by rainfall and human activities. Thus, 137Cs distributed in soils can be a useful environmental tracer to estimate soil erosion. In this study, the net soil loss estimate is 108,346 t/yr and the gross erosion and net erosion rates are 10.1 and 9 t/ha yr respectively. The sediment delivery ratio is therefore estimated to be 0.9 based on the two erosion rates. Because of the steep hillsides in the watershed, only 10% of the sediment yield stayed in the deposition sites and 90% was transported to the river as the sediment output. Soil erosion estimates from spatial variations of the 137Cs activity in the Baishi river watershed showed satisfactory accuracy when compared to sediment yield data. Using soil 137Cs concentrations is therefore a feasible method for estimating soil loss or deposition in Taiwan. Data sampling, analysis and result of this approach are given in this paper.

  19. Spatial distribution of fallout 137Cs in coastal marine water of Tamil Nadu coast

    Very little information on the fallout 137Cs activity exists for the Bay of Bengal. Normally the volume of sea water required for detecting fall out level of 137Cs in coastal marine environment ranges from 100 litres to 1000 litres. The studies on distribution of 137Cs in surface seawater of Tamil Nadu in Bay of Bengal were carried out in April 2009. On the eastern coastal lines of Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu, seven offshore locations were selected namely Chennai, Pondicherry, Karaikal, Rameshwaram, Tuticorin, Nagercoil and Kanyakumari. In situ preconcentration method was adopted and the experiments were carried out using motor boats well equipped to carry the instruments and provide power supply to operate the pump. 1000 litres of seawater was passed each time through CFCN filters at all the locations at a flow rate of 8 litres per minute. The activity concentrations of 137Cs was in the range of 0.90 to 2.2 Bq/m3. These data represents reference values for coastal environment of Tamil Nadu and will be used to estimate radionuclide inventory in Indian marine environment, particularly of East Coast. The 137Cs activity indicates that there are no new inputs of these radionuclides into the area. (author)

  20. Influence of urea and of chlorocholine chloride on accumulation of 137Cs in spring wheat crops

    The influence of leaf feeding with nitrogen in urea solution and application of chlorocholine chloride (CCC) on the uptake of 137Cs by spring wheat from the investigated soil samples and through leaves was studied in pot experiments. Spray application of nitrogenous fertilizer in urea solution with additional use of growth retardant were found to have brought about an increased accumulation in the grain of 137Cs taken up by the plants from the contaminated soil. It was found that the 2-4 times more 137 Cs accumulated in the wheat grain from the leaves contaminated in the flowering stage in the comparison with that found in the grain of plants contaminated in the propagation stage. The application of leaf feeding with urea and chlorocholine exerted no influence on the accumulation of 137Cs in grain if the plants had been contaminated superficially in their earlier development stages. Contamination with 137Cs sprayed upon the plants after application of chlorocholine chloride appeared to pass to the spring wheat crops more readily. (author)

  1. Migration of 137Cs in the soil of sloping semi-natural ecosystems in Northern Greece

    In the present study, the 137Cs concentration in the soil of sloping semi-natural ecosystems at four different regions of Western Macedonia in Greece was measured 10 years after the Chernobyl accident. These regions were highly polluted due to the deposition of radionuclides escaped during the accident. The concentrations of 137Cs measured were found to differ significantly among the four regions. The rates of both horizontal and vertical migration in the soil were also evaluated. The vertical migration velocity of 137Cs was found to range from 0.1 to 0.3 cm per year, in the most contaminated areas. Consequently, 10 years following the Chernobyl accident, the bulk of 137Cs deposited over the surface of the studied areas in Greece was found to be restricted in the upper 5 cm layer of soil. Regarding the horizontal migration, in most of the sampling sites, we did not detect any displacement or trend to movement of radiocaesium on the surface from the upper to the lower levels of the slopes. Instead, we recorded decreased concentrations of 137Cs with the decrease of altitude

  2. 137Cs contamination of the Techa river flood plain near the village of Muslumovo

    The results of a radiometric survey of the Techa river flood plain near the village of Muslumovo in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia are presented. The observed territory extended 16.6 km along the riverbed, with a total area of 2.5 km2. The collimated scintillation detector technique was applied to in situ field measurements of 137Cs deposition on the soil. Maps of 137Cs deposition and soil penetration depth were developed on the basis of approximately 5000 measurements. The total 137Cs deposition within the surveyed territory has been estimated at 6.6 TBq. The means of the total 137Cs soil depositions at half-kilometer sites on the flood plain and its distribution along the river have also been calculated. A maximum 137Cs contamination above 7.5 MBq/m2 is associated with a bank height up to 1 m above the usual water level. The data identify zones of intensive radionuclide sedimentation and transit zones

  3. Peculiarities of 137Cs accumulation by macromycetes in dry bors of Ukrainian Polessye

    The main ecological peculiarities of dry bor in Ukrainian Polessye were given. Research were carried out in Central Polessie of Ukraine during 1997 - 1999. Results were obtained due to spectrometric measurement of specific activity of 137Cs in fruit bodies of mushrooms and in the soil. Species composition of macromycetes was divided on homogeneous groups on intensity of 137Cs accumulation. Amanita porphyria, A. muscaria and Tricholoma portentosum belong to the group of weak 137Cs accumulation from the soil (TF = 15 - 20); Amanita pantherina, A. phalloides, Cantharellus cibarius, Boletus edulis, Tricholoma flavovirens and Laccaria laccata - to the group of moderate radionuclide accumulation (TF = 30 - 55). The group of strong 137Cs accumulation (TF = 100 - 180) consists of Suillus variegates, S. bovines and Hydnum imbricatum; and group of very strong accumulation (TF 200 - 280) - of Xerocomus badius, Lactarius rufus, Russula xerampelina, Cortinarius varius and Paxillus involutus. Cortinarius sanguineus (with TF 400) is an accumulator of 137 Cs. Comparative evaluation of dry bor was given from the point of view of purchase of edible macromycetes in it

  4. 137Cs availability for soil to understory transfer in different types of forest ecosystems

    A quantitative analysis of 137Cs bioavailability in forest soils in the long term after the Chernobyl NPP accident based on a 3-year (1996-1998) investigation is presented. Five forest sites with different trees, composition and properties of soil were studied to identify factors determining radiocaesium transfer to different understory species. The following parameters were investigated: 137Cs activity concentrations and its speciation in various horizons of forest soil, accumulation of this radionuclide by different species of understory vegetation and distribution of root biomass in the soil profile. It has been shown that one decade after the deposition maximum 137Cs activity in soil of the experimental sites considered is located in different soil layers dependent on moisture regime, characteristics of litter and soil properties. A linear dependence between aggregated transfer factors for different species and groups of species of understory vegetation and exchangeable and available fractions of radiocaesium in soil was found. The vertical distribution of 137Cs activity, percentage of exchangeable radiocaesium in each horizon of litter and soil, as well as distribution of root systems (mycelia) over the soil profile are key factors governing variations in the availability of 137Cs for transfer to all forest understory components

  5. 137 Cs content of some honey products in the period 1993-1998

    In this work, the 137 Cs content in some honey products collected from Arges and Sibiu zones in the period 1993-1998 is determined. The gamma ray measurements were carried out for 18-28 hours by means of a HPGe (EG/G ORTEC) detector of 30% relative efficiency and 2.1 KeV resolution for the 60 Co 1332.5 KeV gamma ray. The samples were placed in a lead container with 10 cm thick walls. The IAEA-321 reference material with certified specific activities for 137 Cs was used to check the analysis quality. The results were expressed in Bq/kg and Bq/l as appropriate. Comparisons with the measurements performed previously were done. The 137 Cs content of the analyzed samples depends on product, type and collecting time. The activity levels in honey increased in 1994, as compared to 1993 and 1995-1997, to 0.8 Bq/kg. The 137 Cs concentration in propolis is 5-10 times higher than that in honey. Compared to '80 period, the 137 Cs concentration in honey products is diminished. (authors)

  6. GIS supported calculations of 137Cs deposition in Sweden based on precipitation data

    137Cs deposition maps were made using Kriging interpolation in a Geographical Information System (GIS). Quarterly values of 137Cs deposition density per unit precipitation (Bq/m2/mm) at three reference sites and quarterly precipitation at 62 weather stations distributed over Sweden were used in the calculations of Nuclear Weapons Fallout (NWF). The deposition density of 137Cs, resulting from the Chernobyl accident, was calculated for western Sweden using precipitation data from 46 stations. The lowest levels of NWF 137Cs deposition density were noted in the northeastern and eastern Sweden and the highest levels in the western parts of Sweden. The Chernobyl 137Cs deposition density is highest along the coast in the selected area and the lowest in the southeastern part and along the middle. The sum of the calculated deposition density from NWF and Chernobyl in western Sweden was compared to accumulated activities in soil samples at 27 locations. Comparisons between the predicted values of this study show a good agreement with measured values

  7. Migration of 137Cs from air to soil and plants in the Gulsvik area, Norway after the Chernobyl reactor accident

    The migration of 137Cs from air to soil and vegetation after the Chernobyl accident has been studied using the concentrations measured in the Gulsvik area in Norway. The major part of the 137Cs deposition seems to be in the soil. An uptake of 137Cs from soil to plants through their root system is not a rapid process. Only a few percent of the deposition can be traced in plants. This seems to suggest that as far as 137Cs is concerned, an effect of the Chernobyl releases is not an acute but a long-term phenomenon. The 137Cs accumulation in soils is rather high, but doses not result in 137Cs levels in plants and diet higher than acceptable in Norway

  8. Simulation study on 137Cs distribution in the each component of irrigation-farmed gray-brown desert soil humus

    The components and characters of humus in irrigation-farmed gray-brown desert soil were studied and gel filtration method is used at indoor experiment to study the bond properties of the foreign source 137Cs and soil humus' components. Results show that the bonding rate of 137Cs was the highest in clay mineral, 78.37% of total. 21.63% of 137Cs was accumulated in the humus, the bonding rate of 137Cs with humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin were 5.78%, 6.60% and 9.25%, respectively. The humic acid and 137Cs formed four low weight complex molecules, their average molecular weights are > 700, 392, 168 and 137Cs can not only be bonded into the stable organic-inorganic composite, but also into humus-metal ion complex with very high stability. (authors)

  9. Post-depositional redistribution and gradual accumulation of 137Cs in a riparian wetland ecosystem in Sweden

    After the Chernobyl accident, high activity concentrations of 137Cs (>1 MBq m-2) were detected in a riparian swamp in the central-eastern part of Sweden. The objective of this study was to clarify the redistribution processes behind the accumulation of 137Cs in the wetland. A mass balance budget of 137Cs was calculated based on soil and sediment samples and reports in the literature. Results showed that accumulation occurred over several years. Of all the 137Cs activity discharged between 1986 and 2002 from the upstream lake, 29% was estimated to be retained in the wetland. In 2003, measurements showed that 17 kBq m-2 sedimented on the stream banks of the wetland. Continuing overbank sedimentation by spring flooding prolongs the time that the wetland will contain high activity concentrations of 137Cs. Consequently, organisms living in wetlands serving as sinks for 137Cs may become exposed over long time periods to high activity concentrations

  10. The uptake of 90Sr, 137Cs and 144Ce by leaves of spring wheat and rape

    The distribution and accumulation of 90Sr, 137Cs, 144Ce through the leaf surface into the plant have been studied. The results show that the uptake rate of 137Cs by crop plant is about 53%, while the uptake rate for 90Sr and 144Ce is about 0.4%. However 90Sr is absorbed in significant amount from soil whereas 137Cs is absorbed in negligible amount

  11. 3D modeling technique of time-series 137Cs concentration in coastal organisms in case of short term introduction

    Short term estimation of released radionuclides behavior is necessary for decision-making in emergent action. To predict radionuclide concentrations in marine organisms under short term radionuclide introduction to coastal water, the simple time series 137Cs transfer both from seawater and food chain to marine organisms were studied. The model was developed for typical Japanese coastal water including benthic food chain and planktonic food chain, with transfer parameter data set, such as uptake rate constant, excretion rate constants, gut transfer rates, food ingestion rates of 137Cs, those collected by many tracer experiment studies. For the development of the modeling technique in prediction of the temporal 137Cs concentrations in marine biota, the time and space distributions of 137Cs concentrations in marine organisms are important especially in case of short term introduction to coastal area. We developed a 3-dimension model being composed of nuclide transfer both from seawater and food chain in imaginary coastal area, expressing the temporal 137Cs concentrations in marine organisms accompanied with the habitat location. The result of 3D modeling in case of short term introduction to exhibit the following information: 1) The introduced 137Cs in seawater is diluted and disappeared quickly under normal current conditions, while 137Cs in organisms slowly increased even after the seawater is cleared, mainly from the contribution from 137Cs transfer through food chain. 2) The 137Cs concentration in fish of higher trophic level appears approximately 100 days later, and the concentration ratio (137Cs in organism/137Cs in seawater) reaches only 1-10 even using the maximum 137Cs concentrations in organism and seawater

  12. Levels of 137Cs in muddy sediments on the seabed in the Bay of Cadiz (Spain). Part II. Model of vertical migration of 137Cs

    This second part of the study reports the development of a model to describe the vertical migration of the artificial radioisotope 137Cs in the sediment column on the seabed of the Bay of Cadiz. The application of the model provides an overall picture of the process of sedimentation in the Inner Bay of Cadiz. The spatial distribution of the rate of sedimentation enables us to study the sources of sediments and the means by which the sediments have been transported. A method has been derived from the rate of sedimentation to perform the dating of the layers of sediment. The model describes the behaviour of 137Cs in the area under study, taking into account the time of residence in the zones that are the source of accumulation, the origin of the sedimentary material, together with the diffusion of the radionuclide in the sediment of the seabed

  13. Chronology of sedimentation in Cienfuegos bay, elucidated from 210Pb and 137Cs

    This article present the results of the use of radiotracers in geochronology technique for evaluate the anthropogenic impact on Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba. The excess 210Pb and 137Cs radionuclides were measurements on one sediment corer collected in Cienfuegos Bay using a gravity core. Each core was sliced and pre treatment for gamma spectrometric measurements and other complementary analyses. It was applied the Constant Rate Supply model for dating the 210Pb profile and it was used the 137Cs as an alternative method for dating calibration. The results show a good agreement between CRS method's results and 1963's 137Cs peak. Spatial and temporal evaluation of the radiotracers profiles have shown that sedimentation rate have changed in the last fourth years and it is associated to the economical and industrial development. It was demonstrated the significance of radiotracers in environmental impact on estuaries and semi enclosed bays

  14. {sup 137}Cs and relationships with major and trace elements in edible mushrooms from Mexico

    Gaso, M.I.; Segovia, N.; Cervantes, M.L.; Pena, P.; Acosta, E. [ININ, Ap. Post 18-1027, 11801 D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Morton, O. [IGF-UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Godinez, L. [IG-UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 D.F. Mexico (Mexico)

    2000-10-30

    {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K specific activity together with major and trace elements were determined in soil samples and in different edible wild mushroom species collected from a seminatural temperate forest ecosystem located in the central part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt. The activity measurements were made using a gamma-ray spectrometer system with a high purity germanium (HpGe) detector. The major and trace elements were determined using emission spectrography and mass spectrometry, respectively. The aggregated transfer factors for 137Cs were estimated in 30 local mushroom species collected from 1993 to 1999. Differences as large as three orders of magnitude were observed. The contribution of mushrooms for the total 137Cs dietary intake by the local population was estimated to be 37%. Mushrooms also showed to be good accumulators for Rb, Cu, Cs and Se.

  15. The influence of the sorptive properties of organic soils on the migration rate of 137Cs

    Using a compartment model, the migration rates of 137Cs were calculated for two types of organic soils: a low peat-muck soil and a black earth. The migration rates of 137Cs in the tested soils turned out to be significantly higher than in mineral types examined earlier and ranged from 0.6 to 12.3 cm/year. The partition coefficients (Kd) were also determined for samples with varying organic matter content (OM) that were taken from different layers of the studied soils. The experimental results indicate that there is a clear relationship between Kd values and OM. The investigation was widened by microcalorimetric measurements which confirmed that the adsorption of 137Cs on the organic soils is low

  16. Estimation of radiation doses from 137Cs to frogs in a wetland ecosystem

    Currently, there is no established methodology to estimate radiation doses to non-human biota. Therefore, in this study, various dose models were used to estimate radiation doses to moor frogs (Rana arvalis) in a wetland ecosystem contaminated with 137Cs. External dose estimations were based on activity concentrations of 137Cs in soil and water, considering changes in habitat over a life-cycle. Internal doses were calculated from the activity concentrations of 137Cs measured in moor frogs. Depending on the dose model used, the results varied substantially. External dose rates ranged from 21 to 160 mGy/y, and internal dose rates varied between 1 and 14 mGy/y. Maximum total dose rates to frogs were below the expected safe level for terrestrial populations, but close to the suggested critical dose rate for amphibians. The results show that realistic assumptions in dose models are particularly important at high levels of contamination

  17. Alkaline extraction: can it be used for the removal of 137Cs from soil?

    A titration extraction procedure was applied to a silty clay which was spiked with 137Cs. At least 20% of spiked 137Cs silty clay was found to be associated with the humic acid (HA) fraction. This shows that HA contributes significantly to cesium fixing in soil and cesium is not only fixed between regular ion exchange complexes (REC) and specific sites in the frayed edges of clay minerals (FES). About 85% of 137Cs was found in the 12M HCl extract. The titration extraction procedure was found useful for investigation of the impact of the soil pH on the radiocesium mobility. Only trace amounts of cesium were found between pH 1 to 7, demonstrating a high immobility of cesium over this pH range. If the alkaline digestion is applied to soil for the removal of radiocesium, then these can be significantly separated from the extract by protonation of the extracted HA. (P.A.)

  18. 90Sr and 137Cs accumulation by live and dead lichens

    Experimental data on the accumulation and fixation strength of two long-living fragment radionuclides (90Sr and 137Cs) in live and dead lichens are given. It is shown that the mechanisms of 90Sr absorption by lichens from aqueous solutions are based mainly on physico-chemical sorption, whereas the 137Cs absorption depends largely on the physiological-biochemical processes related to metabolic plant activity. The long confinement of 90Sr and 137Cs in lichens is explained by the extremely instable water regime resulting in a rather long dehydration of lichens when leaching of radionuclides from plants with the weakly-mineralized waters is retarded. It is indicated that the liberation of lichens from radionuclides with thallome parts dying off annually can not be essential due to the longevity of these plant forms, their slow growth and dying off

  19. Airborne fallout mapping of {sup 137}Cs Finnish defence forces team

    Kettunen, M.; Heininen, T. [Finnish Defence Forces Research Centre, Lakiala (Finland); Pulakka, M. [Finnish Air Force Depot, Tampere (Finland)

    1997-12-31

    The main task of the team was to create a fallout map of {sup 137}Cs in a specified area in Padasjoki Auttoinen village. The team used an MI-8 helicopter of the Finnish Air Force. The team had an HPGe system (relative efficiency 70%) to measure nuclide specific ground contamination level. For navigation the team took advantage of the DGPS service provided by Finnish Broadcasting company utilizing the RDS-channel to get position accuracy within 2 meters. The correction signal is reachable nationwide on the FM transmitter network. The system produced a distribution map for {sup 40}K and fallout maps for {sup 134,137}Cs using a Micro Station Program with TerraModeler application. The maximum measured {sup 137}Cs ground contamination exceeded 130-140 kBqm{sup -2}. (au).

  20. Soil to plant transfer of 137Cs and 60Co in Ferralsol, Nitisol and Acrisol

    In this study, soil to plant transfer factor values were determined for 137Cs and 60Co in radish (Raphanus sativus), maize (Zea mays L.) and cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata) growing in gibbsite-, kaolinite- and iron-oxide-rich soils. After 3 years of experiment in lysimeters it was possible to identify the main soil properties able to modify the soil to plant transfer processes, e.g. exchangeable K and pH, for 137Cs, and organic matter for 60Co. Results of sequential chemical extraction were coherent with root uptake and allowed the recognition of the role of iron oxides on 137Cs behaviour and of Mn oxides on 60Co behaviour. This information should provide support for adequate choices of countermeasures to be applied on tropical soils in case of accident or for remediation purposes

  1. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in pelagic food webs in the Norwegian and Barents Seas

    Knowledge and documentation of the levels of radioactive contamination in fish stocks important to Norwegian fisheries is of major importance to Norwegian consumers and fish export industry. In the present study, the bioaccumulation of caesium-137 (137Cs) has been investigated in marine food webs in the Barents and Norwegian Seas. The contents of 137Cs in the different organisms were generally low (-1 wet weight), but a marked bioaccumulation was apparent: The concentration of 137Cs was about 10-fold higher in the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena, representing the upper level of the food web, than in the amphipod Themisto sp., representing the lower level of the food web. The Concentration Factors (CF=Bq kg-1 wet weight/Bq l-1 seawater) increased from 10±3 for a mixed sample of krill and amphipods to 165±5 for harbour porpoises

  2. 137Cs distribution in soil as a function of erosion and other processes

    Nuclear weapons tests have deposited upon the Saskatoon area considerable amounts of the fission product 137Cs. The average concentration for the area was found to be 67,3 nCi/m2 and its distribuition upon the area as a whole is quite uniform. The above figure is high enough to allow the evaluation of deviations from it, caused by erosion and deposition processes; 137Cs losses as high as 34% were observed in knolls of cultivated fields, whereas an increase of 95% over the average for the region was found in depressions. Such results favour the use of fallout 137Cs as a tracer in the study of physical processes in the soil of the Saskatoon region. (Author)

  3. Plate-out distribution of 137Cs in the OGL-1 primary loop

    In order to reflect on safety evaluation of HTTR (High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor), measurements of fission products plate-out distribution have been done on the primary circuit of OGL-1 (Oarai Gas Loop No.1) which has been operated in the simular gas flow condition with the HTTR. The measurements have been performed since 46th till 73rd operation cycles of the JMTR (Japan Materials Testing Reactor) in which from 3rd to 9th fuel specimens of OGL-1 were irradiated. It became clear that 137Cs plated-out well on the piping at 400 ∼ 500 deg C. It was also observed that 137Cs released from the pipe at higher than 500 deg C and deposited again on the pipe at lower than 400 deg C when the release rate of 137Cs from irradiation fuel decreased. (author)

  4. Resuspension and spreading of 137 Cs in urban areas: the Goiania experience

    The characteristics of the Goiania accident (a restricted and local contamination) together with the fact that the region has received no contribution from the Chernobyl accident, neither from the atomic tests represents an unique opportunity to study the behaviour of 147 Cs at an urban area. The study of the resuspension and deposition processes of the 137 Cs associated to surface soil was performed at a house at the 57th. street near the main primary focus. It was decided to use the two gardens of the house, where continuous measurements of aerosol and total deposition took place. Impactor measurements were also performed to evaluate the size distribution of particles in the air. The results as a whole suggests a very complex pattern for the 137 Cs resuspension and deposition in Goiania, indicating to be these mechanisms local,phenomena and without evidences of a significant spreading of 137 Cs from the places of primary contamination. (author). 63 refs., 14 figs., 9 tabs

  5. Levels of 137Cs and 40K in edible parts of some vegetables consumed in Egypt

    The concentrations of 137Cs and 40K in some Egyptian foodstuffs have been measured. The results of this study can be considered as a first step towards calculating the baseline levels of radioactivity in foodstuffs in Egypt. Furthermore, the data presented herein can be used as a reference level for future food radioactivity monitoring after the possible operation of the planned nuclear power plants, as well as to screen imported foodstuffs that are suspected of being contaminated. The overall intake of 137Cs is quite low and no significant radionuclide contamination was found. The highest contents of 137Cs and 40K among the tested foodstuffs were in Jew's mallow and roquette. Calculations were also made to determine the potential dose to an individual consuming vegetables

  6. Transfer of 137Cs in Zea mays and Phaseolus vulgaris in a semi-arid ecosystem

    With the objective to analyse the transference of 137 Cs from soil to plants, it is realized a study in maize and bean plants in the Radioactive Waste Storage Center (CADER). This site is located in a semi-arid region with a characteristic vegetation of a sub humid temperature zone. So those plants maize and beans were cultivated in four zones near CADER during a four years period. The obtained results for 1991 to 1994 for 137 Cs in soil samples for those zones showed an evident contamination in zone 1, due to a rupture of an industrial source. In 1994 the effect of decontamination was evident since the values of specific activity found in roots were around magnitude lesser than found in 1992. In spite of exhaustive studies have been reported about the transference factors for 137 Cs in different agricultural foods, relatively few of them have paid attention to the interactions between cereals and leguminous associated in semiarid ecosystems. (Author)

  7. 137Cs and relationships with major and trace elements in edible mushrooms from Mexico

    137Cs and 40K specific activity together with major and trace elements were determined in soil samples and in different edible wild mushroom species collected from a seminatural temperate forest ecosystem located in the central part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt. The activity measurements were made using a gamma-ray spectrometer system with a high purity germanium (HpGe) detector. The major and trace elements were determined using emission spectrography and mass spectrometry, respectively. The aggregated transfer factors for 137Cs were estimated in 30 local mushroom species collected from 1993 to 1999. Differences as large as three orders of magnitude were observed. The contribution of mushrooms for the total 137Cs dietary intake by the local population was estimated to be 37%. Mushrooms also showed to be good accumulators for Rb, Cu, Cs and Se

  8. Peculiarities of 90 Sr and 137 Cs behavior in the atmosphere and the hydrosphere

    Physical and chemical forms of 137 Cs, 90 Sr carriers were investigated in the atmosphere, river and sea water and bottom sediments. The physico-chemical forms of aerosol-radionuclide carriers of artificial radionuclides (137 Cs and 90 Sr), having arrived to the territory of Lithuania after the Chernobyl accidents, were also investigated. Considerable differences were detected in the properties of carriers of radionuclides of secondary pollution, which resulted from the wind transport of dust and combustion products from forests and peat-bogs fires and dust storms in the greatly polluted territories of the Ukraine and Belarus. The time-course of physico-chemical forms of 137 Cs shows properties and concentration variations in the atmosphere in 1994-1995. (author)

  9. The effects of gamma irradiation on leaching of 137Cs from organic matrix wasteforms

    The effects of γ-irradiation on the leaching behaviour of 137Cs in organic matrix wasteforms has been studied. The matrix materials used include epoxide, polyester and vinyl ester thermosetting resins and bitumen. Leaching of 137Cs in such matrices can be described by models, based on diffusion, which take into consideration such factors as non-representative surface layers, finite sample size, and sorption effects. In many cases, the changes observed on irradiation arise from modification of the sorptive capacity of the wasteform for 137Cs, producing changes in the experimentally observed diffusion coefficients. In samples containing wet wastes, enhanced leaching in the first few days is observed after irradiation. This arises from loss of water from the sample surfaces during irradiation producing an enhanced concentration of the radionuclide in the surface. (author)

  10. The level of 137Cs concentration in Greek soils one decade after the Chernobyl accident

    One of the most serious consequences of the Chernobyl accident was the greatest radioactive contamination of the biosphere including the soil cover. It is well known that a soil analysis is a principal systematic method to estimate the radioactivity level in the particular area since deposition pattern is determined by measuring activity in grass and soil. The aim of the present work is first to identify the level of the existing 137Cs contamination over Greece ten years after the Chernobyl accident. Secondly, a comparison between the 1986 137Cs - distribution and the present measured one in more - less the same areas of Greece, has been attempted. The 40k (0.0118% of natural K) concentration in soils as ratio 137Cs/ 40k has been, examined, even this ratio is not as constant in biological systems as the ratio Sr/Ca

  11. Modelling of 137Cs behaviour in forest ecosystems and prediction of its accumulation in forest products

    A mathematical model of 137Cs migration in forest ecosystem contaminated due to the Chernobyl accident presented, which describes the behaviour of this radionuclide in the forest litter-soil system, tress, and forest animals. The model's parameters for different types of forest ecosystems are estimated and model's adequacy is tested through the use of independent experimental data. The sensitivity of the model's output variables is analyzed to variations in the most significant parameters. The differences in the seasonal and mean annual dynamics of 137Cs concentration in muscles of roe deers and mooses are shown to be defined by specific features of the diets of these animals and variations in 137Cs content in the main diet components

  12. 131I and 137Cs removal from cheese, upon immersion in a sodium chloride solution

    Cheese samples have been ripened, using milk artificially contaminated with radioactive 137Cs and 131I. Tests have been carried out to investigate the effect of brine (18%W/V NaCl) on the radionuclide concentration in the cheese. The removal percent of both radionuclides is 45% at least for the first 24 hours of immersion and it was increased at about 5% in the next 48 hours. An attempt was made to examine the reverse situation. Cheese curd from uncontaminated milk was immersed in the brine which had been injected with 131I or 137Cs. It may be concluded that brine may act as a ''purifier'' of cheese curd in the case of 131I and 137Cs removal. (Author)

  13. In situ measurements of density of 137Cs contamination of the forest system in Ukraine

    The Chernobyl accident resulted in significant contamination of Ukrainian territory by various radionuclides. The activity of the main dose forming radionuclide released into the environment, 137Cs, was estimated to be approximately 3.1 x 1016 Bq. The density of surface contamination of different natural systems by 137Cs is the characteristic used for assessment and prediction of the radioecological situation. For validation of the in situ method and study of migration processes, the inventory of 137Cs (activity per unit area) was determined through a combination of in situ spectrometry using a NaI(Tl) detector and of soil samples analyses of numerous Ukrainian forest sites for the past 3 years. 5 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs

  14. Chernobyl case study: modelling the dynamics of long-term cycling and storage of 137Cs in forested ecosystems

    A microcomputer digital simulation model (RADFORET) was developed to predict long-term (∼ 250 y) cycling of radiocesium (137Cs) in forested ecosystems using detailed 137Cs distribution data from two ecosystems in North America. Primary forcing functions for the model were concentration of 137Cs in the soil compartment and the rate of forest growth. Parameters were set for controlling the movement of 137Cs from soil into, and subsequent cycling within, the biotic compartments for each ecosystem. The amount of the 137Cs available for uptake from the soil was inversely correlated with clay content in the soil from each site and positively correlated with cation exchange capacity (CEC) and soil organic matter. The effect of forest growth on the 137Cs cycling model was simulated by coupling output of a forest growth succession model to the RADFORET cycling model. Forecasts of 137Cs distribution in the donor-controlled model favorably compared with 137Cs distributions in forests at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Savannah River, Georgia. This provided a measure of model validity for additional simulations of projected 137Cs cycling in forests around the Chernobyl site. (author)

  15. Temporal variations of 90Sr and 137Cs concentrations in Japanese coastal surface seawater and sediments from 1974 to 1998

    Ikeuchi, Yoshihiro

    2003-09-01

    90Sr and 137Cs concentrations were determined in surface water and bottom sediments collected at 11 sites offshore from Japan during the period 1974-1998, to investigate their temporal variations and behaviour in the coastal marine environment. The concentrations of 90Sr and 137Cs in surface water have decreased with time since 1974. After the period of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, the mean residence times of 90Sr and 137Cs were about 41 and 51 years, respectively. The 137Cs/ 90Sr activity ratios in coastal seawater during the atmospheric nuclear weapons tests (up until 1980) were lower than those after the tests due to the inflow of 90Sr in river water. A sharp increase in 137Cs levels was observed in airborne dust, in precipitation on the Japanese islands, and in coastal surface seawater in 1986 following the Chernobyl accident. However, the 137Cs levels in surface water returned to pre-1986 levels quickly, indicating rapid removal of Cs from the surface to deeper water. Concentrations of 90Sr in sediments were generally much lower than those for 137Cs, reflecting the more effective scavenging of Cs from the water column. In Ca-rich sediments, consisting of corals and shells, higher 90Sr levels and 90Sr/ 137Cs activity ratios were found, reflecting higher accumulation of Sr than Cs in marine organisms. Higher accumulation of 90Sr than 137Cs was also found in seaweed (gulfweed and wakame).

  16. Sediment transport in a small stream based on 137Cs inventories of the bed load fraction

    The authors report on sediment transport in White Oak Creek, a small third-order stream in eastern Tennessee, whose sediments have been contaminated by the irreversible adsorption of 137Cs. Sediment cores taken downstream from a point contamination source record the recent history of sedimentation and contamination in the creek. Sediment size distinguishes between different sedimentation events. The contamination profile developed since the last sedimentation event is used to estimate the time of the most recent sedimentation event which agrees with higher-than normal periods of discharge measured by weirs on the creek. It is likely that at least seven major bed load transport events occurred during 1985 and 1986. Total inventories of 137Cs in the bed load fraction were measured for six different size fractions for cores taken downstream from the point contamination source. The 137Cs concentration at any point in the creek is due to contaminated sediment transported to that location and subsequent contamination by 137Cs adsorbed directly from stream-water. The irreversible nature of 137Cs adsorption onto the sediments of White Oak Creek means that 137Cs can be used as a particle tracer in this system. Sediment transport in White Oak Creek was modeled by using a general transport model that has terms for dispersion, velocity, adsorption, and radioactive decay. For White Oak Creek, maximum velocities of 265, 215, 170, and 160 m y-1 are estimated for the 1-2, 2-4, 4-8, and 8-16 mm size fractions, respectively

  17. A comparative study on radiocaesium (137Cs) uptake from coniferous forest soil

    Radiocaesium (137Cs) uptake from a coniferous forest ecosystem with soil characterized by a high fraction of organic matter and low pH was studied using sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) as indicator in a pot experiment and compared with bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), and heather (Calluna vulgaris) taken from an area of coniferous forest. Results obtained on an average basis showed a slight variation within 137Cs uptake values in all tested plants. Based upon the soil-plant relationship (Bq kg−1 plant DM/Bq kg−1 soil DM), 137Cs transfer factors (TF) were calculated. Sheep's fescue TF in the two harvests (growing periods of 13 weeks each) ranged from 0.03 to 3.45, with a mean of 0.35 ± 0.42. Field plants showed higher 137Cs TF when compared with sheep's fescue. Bilberry TF ranged from 0.28 to 2.30, with a mean of 0.85 ± 0.49. Lingonberry TF ranged from 0.57 to 4.46 with a mean of 1.35 ± 0.78. Heather TF ranged from 1.80 to 8.89 with a mean of 3.31 ± 1.53. Radiocaesium transfer coefficients (TC, Bq kg−1 plant DM/Bq m−2) of field plants were also calculated. Heather 137Cs TC was the highest among all tested plants and ranged from 0.38 to 0.64 with a mean of 0.49 ± 0.05. The results demonstrated that 137Cs transfer parameters of pot experiment with sheep's fescue show no significant differences between the obtained transfer factors, using soils from bilberry, lingonberry, and heather sites. (author)

  18. A comparative study on radiocaesium (137Cs) uptake from coniferous forest soil

    Radiocaesium (137Cs) uptake from a coniferous forest ecosystem with soil characterized by a high fraction of organic matter and low pH was studied using sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) as indicator in a pot experiment and compared with bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), and heather (Calluna vulgaris) taken from an area of coniferous forest. Results obtained on an average basis showed a slight variation within 137Cs uptake values in all tested plants. Based upon the soil-plant relationship (Bq kg-1 plant DM/Bq kg-1 soil DM), 137Cs transfer factors (TF) were calculated. Sheep's fescue TF in the two harvests (growing periods of 13 weeks each) ranged from 0.03 to 3.45, with a mean of 0.35 ± 0.42. Field plants showed higher 137Cs TF when compared with sheep's fescue. Bilberry TF ranged from 0.28 to 2.30, with a mean of 0.85 ± 0.49. Lingonberry TF ranged from 0.57 to 4.46 with a mean of 1.35 ± 0.78. Heather TF ranged from 1.80 to 8.89 with a mean of 3.31 ± 1.53. Radiocaesium transfer coefficients (TC, Bq kg-1 plant DM/Bq m-2) of field plants were also calculated. Heather 137Cs TC was the highest among all tested plants and ranged from 0.38 to 0.64 with a mean of 0.49 ± 0.05. The results demonstrated that 137Cs transfer parameters of pot experiment with sheep's fescue show no significant differences between the obtained transfer factors, using soils from bilberry, lingonberry, and heather sites. (author)

  19. Influence of biologically-active substances on 137Cs and heavy metals uptake by Barley plant

    Available in abstract form only. Full text of publication follows: When solving the problem of contaminated agricultural lands rehabilitation, most of attention is concentrated on the effective means which allow the obtaining of ecologically safe production. The minimization of radionuclides and heavy metals (HM) content in farm products on the basis of their migration characteristics in agro-landscapes and with the regard for different factors influencing contaminants behavior in the soil-plant system is of great significance. Our investigation has shown that the effect of biologically active substances (BAS) using for seeds treatment on 137Cs transfer to barley grown on Cd contaminated soil was dependent on their properties and dosage, characteristics of soil contamination and biological peculiarities of plants, including stage of plants development. Seeds treatment by plant growth regulator Zircon resulted in a significant increase in 137Cs activity in harvest (40- 50%), increase in K concentration and significant reduction in Ca concentration. Increased Cd content in soil reduced 137Cs transfer to barley plants by 30-60% (p137Cs uptake by roots and Cd and Pb phyto-toxicity. The experimental data do not make it possible to link the BAS effect on inhibition of 137Cs absorption by plants directly with their influence on HM phyto-toxicity. The dependence of Concentration Ratio of 137Cs on the Ambiol and El dose was not proportional and the most significant decrease in the radionuclide uptake by plants was reported with the use of dose showing the most pronounced stimulating effect on the barley growth and development. The pre-sowing seed treatment with Ambiol increased Pb absorption by 35-50% and, on the contrary, decreased Cd uptake by plants by 30-40%. (authors)

  20. Using {sup 137}Cs to quantify the sediment delivery ratio in a small watershed

    Li Mian, E-mail: hnli-mian@163.com [Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Key Laboratory of Sediment Research of Yellow River of Ministry of Water Resources, Zhengzhou, Henan 450003 (China); Yao Wenyi [Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Key Laboratory of Sediment Research of Yellow River of Ministry of Water Resources, Zhengzhou, Henan 450003 (China); Li Zhanbin [Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710048 (China); Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100 (China); Liu Puling [Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100 (China); Yang Er; Shen Zhenzhou [Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Key Laboratory of Sediment Research of Yellow River of Ministry of Water Resources, Zhengzhou, Henan 450003 (China)

    2012-01-15

    Understanding the sediment delivery ratio (SDR) is important in controlling sediments for the sustainable development of natural resources and in the design of the construction such as dams and reservoirs. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the SDR by the {sup 137}Cs tracing method in a small watershed in the Sichuan Hilly Basin of China. In the study watershed, different land plots are divided according to the land use type, and 97 sampling sites were selected from these plots. The results show that the average net soil loss rates from the forest land and sloping cultivated land are 1759 and 4468 t/km{sup 2} a, respectively. No {sup 137}Cs was detectable on the bare rock surfaces and previous work showed that the erosion rate from the bare rock area was 14,260 t/km{sup 2} a. In the depositional zone, the sedimentation rates in the Caoto (a kind of cultivated land located at the foot of hills) and paddy field are 3113 and 3562 t/km{sup 2} a, respectively. Combining the area of each land use in the small watershed, the SDR of 0.40 is obtained in the past four decades. The {sup 137}Cs technique was shown to provide an effective and rapid means of estimating the SDR within the small watershed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The erosion and deposition rates can be easily obtained by the {sup 137}Cs tracing method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The {sup 137}Cs method provides an effective means for estimating the SDR. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The {sup 137}Cs method is more convenient and rapid than other methods for the SDR research.

  1. Using 137Cs to quantify the sediment delivery ratio in a small watershed

    Understanding the sediment delivery ratio (SDR) is important in controlling sediments for the sustainable development of natural resources and in the design of the construction such as dams and reservoirs. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the SDR by the 137Cs tracing method in a small watershed in the Sichuan Hilly Basin of China. In the study watershed, different land plots are divided according to the land use type, and 97 sampling sites were selected from these plots. The results show that the average net soil loss rates from the forest land and sloping cultivated land are 1759 and 4468 t/km2 a, respectively. No 137Cs was detectable on the bare rock surfaces and previous work showed that the erosion rate from the bare rock area was 14,260 t/km2 a. In the depositional zone, the sedimentation rates in the Caoto (a kind of cultivated land located at the foot of hills) and paddy field are 3113 and 3562 t/km2 a, respectively. Combining the area of each land use in the small watershed, the SDR of 0.40 is obtained in the past four decades. The 137Cs technique was shown to provide an effective and rapid means of estimating the SDR within the small watershed. - Highlights: ► The erosion and deposition rates can be easily obtained by the 137Cs tracing method. ► The 137Cs method provides an effective means for estimating the SDR. ► The 137Cs method is more convenient and rapid than other methods for the SDR research.

  2. AFCF and clinoptilolite use in reduction of 137Cs deposition in several days' contaminated broiler chicks

    The objective of this study was to investigate the binding efficiency of AFCF and clinoptilolite, mixed to the feed and administered orally using gastric tube to chronically 137Cs alimentary contaminated broiler chicks. Seventy-five male Hybro broiler chicks, between 35 and 47 days of age were divided into five groups (15 birds per group) reared in cages (five birds in a cage) and fed a standard diet. Every day during 13 days of the experimental period all chicks received orally 1 ml CsCl water solution with activity of 1310 Bq ml-1137Cs (gastric tube). Group 1 was the control group and received no binders. The experimental groups received the binders. Group 2 received 0.2 g of AFCF in the form of water solution (gastric tube); group 3 received 0.2% AFCF in the feed; group 4 received 2 g clinoptilolite in the form of water suspension (gastric tube) and group 5 received 2% clinoptilolite in the feed. Five chicks from each group were sacrificed on days 4, 10 and 13 of the experimental period. Using gamma spectrometric methods specific activity of 137Cs was determined in the samples of breast meat, liver and gizzard. The results obtained showed that administering binders to the chronically contaminated broiler chicks significantly (p 137Cs transfer and deposition in breast meat, liver and gizzard. Decreasing deposition of 137Cs in breast meat and internal organs increased with time of contamination and binders' administration. With AFCF as a cesium binder, on day 13 of measuring the 137Cs activity in breast meat was 80-83% lower than that in the control group, 89% in liver and 83-84% in gizzard. Natural clinoptilolite demonstrated lower binding efficiency. On day 13 of measuring the 137Cs activity in breast meat was 53-69% lower than that in the control group, 67-60% in liver and 59-71% in gizzard

  3. Retention of 137Cs and 90Sr by mineral sorbents surrounding vitrified nuclear waste

    In June 1960, twenty-five 14-cm diameter hemispheres of vitrified nuclear waste (glass blocks) were buried in a shallow sand aquifer in the lower Perch Lake Basin, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Ontario, Canada. Almost all leaching of the glass blocks occurred during the first 18 months of emplacement, and consequently the burial experiment approximated a single-injection source of 137Cs and 90Sr. After about 11 years, most of the 90Sr that was released had been advected and dispersed from the site, whereas the bulk of the 137Cs had travelled no more than 0.3 m from the blocks. Three piezometers were installed and five cores of sediment were collected at the glass block site in 1978. Mineralogically pure segregates of sand grains were prepared by hand and characterized using binocular, petrographic and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. A technique also was developed to measure very low levels of 137Cs and 90Sr by counting small (10-100 mg) sediment samples directly with a thin window, flow proportional counter. Results show that sand-sized grains of altered biotite (biotite-vermiculite), biotite, muscovite, hornblende and serictized feldspar are able to retain 137Cs over a period of 18 years, and that grains of biotite-vermiculite, biotite and hematite-bearing feldspar (largely microline) can retain low levels of 90Sr over the same period of time. The amounts of 137Cs and 90Sr sorbed by the mineral grains ranged from undetectable levels to approximately 380 and 35 becquerels/gram sediment, respectively. This report contains the complete series of mineral segregates ranked on a weight basis according to the amounts of retained 137Cs and 90Sr. Ground-water quality data indicate that none of the retention is the result of the precipitation of strontium or cesium minerals

  4. Assessment of the mobility and bioavailability of 60 Co and 137 Cs in contaminated soils

    Results of a classical sequential chemical extraction procedure for 137 Cs in an acid Oxisol showed that after 3 years of contamination radiocesium remains potentially available for transfer processes: 40% bio-available, 20% mobile under oxidizing conditions and 40% bound to Fe and Mn oxides (available under reducing conditions). At this time, the transfer factor obtained in this soil was higher than values obtained in basic Oxisol and was higher than values obtained in soils from temperate climate areas. Seven years after the contamination, the 137 Cs distribution in this acid Oxisol have been changed as consequence of changes in soil properties: 8% bioavailable, 16% mobile under oxidizing conditions, 43% bound to Fe and Mn oxides and 33% strongly bound to soil compounds. Changes in the 137 Cs distribution in this soil were followed by reductions in soil to plant transfer factor. Between 1996 and 2000, the 137 Cs distribution, 137 Cs soil to plant transfer factor and soil properties in the basic Oxisol remained almost the same. The 60 Co distribution showed that Mn oxides is the main sink for this element and four years after contamination no 60 Co was detected as bioavailable or detectable in plants. In this study the use of an alternative sequential chemical extraction protocol to evaluate 60 Co and 137 Cs mobility under a large range of physico-chemical soil properties has shown to be very consistent with soil to plant transfer factors data for maize. The knowledge of bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soil system can be used for the risk assessment in the case of nuclear accident or contamination scenarios. (author)

  5. GIS supported calculations of (137)Cs deposition in Sweden based on precipitation data.

    Almgren, Sara; Nilsson, Elisabeth; Erlandsson, Bengt; Isaksson, Mats

    2006-09-15

    It is of interest to know the spatial variation and the amount of (137)Cs e.g. in case of an accident with a radioactive discharge. In this study, the spatial distribution of the quarterly (137)Cs deposition over Sweden due to nuclear weapons fallout (NWF) during the period 1962-1966 was determined by relating the measured deposition density at a reference site to the amount of precipitation. Measured quarterly values of (137)Cs deposition density per unit precipitation at three reference sites and quarterly precipitation at 62 weather stations distributed over Sweden were used in the calculations. The reference sites were assumed to represent areas with different quarterly mean precipitation. The extent of these areas was determined from the distribution of the mean measured precipitation between 1961 and 1990 and varied according to seasonal variations in the mean precipitation pattern. Deposition maps were created by interpolation within a geographical information system (GIS). Both integrated (total) and cumulative (decay corrected) deposition densities were calculated. The lowest levels of NWF (137)Cs deposition density were noted in north-eastern and eastern parts of Sweden and the highest levels in the western parts of Sweden. Furthermore the deposition density of (137)Cs, resulting from the Chernobyl accident was determined for an area in western Sweden based on precipitation data. The highest levels of Chernobyl (137)Cs in western Sweden were found in the western parts of the area along the coast and the lowest in the east. The sum of the deposition densities from NWF and Chernobyl in western Sweden was then compared to the total activity measured in soil samples at 27 locations. Comparisons between the predicted values of this study show a good agreement with measured values and other studies. PMID:16647743

  6. Measurement of natural and 137Cs radioactivity concentrations at Izmit Bay (Marmara Sea), Turkey

    Öksüz, I.; Güray, R. T.; Özkan, N.; Yalçin, C.; Ergül, H. A.; Aksan, S.

    2016-03-01

    In order to determine the radioactivity level at Izmit Bay Marmara Sea, marine sediment samples were collected from five different locations. The radioactivity concentrations of naturally occurring 238U, 232Th and 40K isotopes and also that of an artificial isotope 137Cs were measured by using gamma-ray spectroscopy. Preliminary results show that the radioactivity concentrations of 238U and 232Th isotopes are lower than the average worldwide values while the radioactivity concentrations of the 40K are higher than the average worldwide value. A small amount of 137Cs contamination, which might be caused by the Chernobyl accident, was also detected.

  7. Predicting the burial rate of PCB contaminated sediments using 137Cs dating

    The historical rate of sediment accumulation behind three dams along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan was used to predict how rapidly existing PCB contaminated bottom sediments will be buried by relatively clean sediments derived from the watershed at large. Average annual sedimentation rates were determined from the distribution of 137Cs in predominantly sandy to coarse grained sediments were observed. Using the 137Cs method to calculate sedimentation rates appears to be more successful in environments where the depositional materials contain a high percentage of silts, clay or other fine particles

  8. Concentrations of 137Cs and trace elements in zooplankton, and their vertical distributions off Rokkasho, Japan

    Zooplankton samples were collected at about 50 m depth with a large ring net (160-cm mouth diameter, 0.5-mm mesh) in May, June, October 2005 and June 2006 off Rokkasho, Japan where a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant will be in full-scale operation in the near future. Plankters in each sample were separated based on their species. Eight samples were used for the determination of 137Cs concentration and the other 21 samples were used for the determination of its stable isotope, Cs along with some other trace elements. All the samples were characterized by five dominant species, i.e. euphausiids, chaetognaths, copepods; Neocalanus spp., amphipods; Themisto spp. and Cyphocaris sp. Plankton samples were also taken at three to five discrete depths between the surface and ≤ 1,000 m in depth during daytime and nighttime for analysis of vertical distribution patterns of biomass, and for assessment of daily vertical migration activity. Integrated net zooplankton biomass at nighttime ranged from 0.85 to 8.74 g-DW m-2 in the 0-150 m layer without any appreciable day-night differences in the vertical distribution; below the layer, it decreased significantly. Only in spring, appreciable day-night differences in the vertical distribution were observed at the shallowest station. Concentrations of Cs and Co did not show significant difference among the five species. However, higher concentrations of Sr were observed in two amphipods. It is likely that amphipods had a different biological process in Sr metabolism from others. The concentration of 137Cs in zooplankton was usually very low and sometimes under the detection limit. In the present study, the highest concentration of 137Cs in zooplankton was 24 mBq kg-WW-1, corresponding to the concentration factor (CF) of 14, if the value of 1.7 mBq L-1 was given to the 137Cs concentration in seawater. The water-column inventory of 137Cs in a zooplankton community is calculated to be 0.29 to 1.95 mBq m-2, based on the data on biomass

  9. Fallout 137Cs activity and associated dose in the coastal marine environment of India

    Coastal marine environment is important for India since a considerable percentage of the human population resides in coastal areas. Fallout radionuclides as well as non-radioactive substances have polluted the coastal marine environment of India. The introduction of 137Cs, a fallout radionuclide, considered as global pollutant, into marine environment has created the need for marine environmental data. The main objective is to provide data on the present level of 137Cs that is important from the standpoint of radiological health and dose associated with it. Such database will also provide benchmark that will be helpful in assessing the impact of additional contribution to marine radioactivity in the future. (author)

  10. Concentration of 134Cs and 137Cs in Malaysian palm products

    Until today, countries importing food products from Malaysia, in region such as Indian Continental, Middle East, Central Europe and Central America still require the products to be tested for the radioactive contamination particularly for 134Cs and 137Cs. Information extracted from 3371 analytical results observed on isotopic concentration for 134Cs and 137Cs in the exported Malaysia origins palm products between years 2002 until 2007 had been summarized and reported in this work. Data shown that the concentration level of the concerned radio nuclides are below the minimum detectable activity and also well below maximum permissible limits adopted by Malaysian Government and also the international bodies. (Author)

  11. Performance of 20 Ci 137Cs -ray Compton spectrometer for the study of momentum densities

    B L Ahuja; M Sharma

    2005-07-01

    In this paper, we present the design and construction of a 20 Ci -ray Compton spectrometer that employs a 137Cs source with a strong line at 661.65 keV. The total resolution of the spectrometer in momentum scale is 0.40 a.u., which is much better than the conventional 241Am Compton spectrometers. The in-house 137Cs spectrometer is very useful for the measurement of momentum densities of heavy materials. The performance of the machine is assessed using aluminum, terbium and mercury samples and the experimental data from comparable apparatus.

  12. Investigation and evaluation of 137Cs and 90Sr migration from soil to conifer trees

    Pliopaitė Bataitienė, Ingrida

    2011-01-01

    In this dissertation is analysed the transfer of artificial radionuclides (137Cs and 90Sr) from soil to tree. The main goal of this work – to estimate specific activi-ties of 137Cs and 90Sr in selected trees, investigate the peculiarities of these ra-dionuclides distribution in trees, suggest the methodology for estimation of the transfer of radionuclides from soil to tree in tree wood by chemical analog in soil under the tree crown, and to do the forecast of transfer of radionuclides in sys-...

  13. Maps of surface activity of 137Cs of Slovakia on scale 1:200 000

    The present set of maps (13 maps) arose from the geological project 'Re-ambulation of 137Cs radioactivity map of Slovakia at scales 1:200 000 and 1:500 000' in phase of indicative geological survey of environmental factors. Maps document the state of contamination of the territory of Slovakia by one of the radioisotopes cesium-137 at the reference date 01.01.2005. In solving of geological tasks were used all available relevant data on measurements of 137Cs activity from the whole territory of the Slovak Republic for the period from 1990 to 2003 from results of air and ground gamma spectrometric measurements. (authors)

  14. Determination of {sup 135}Cs and {sup 137}Cs in environmental samples: A review

    Russell, B.C., E-mail: ben.russell@npl.co.uk [GAU-Radioanalytical, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom); National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW (United Kingdom); Croudace, Ian W.; Warwick, Phil E. [GAU-Radioanalytical, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)

    2015-08-26

    Radionuclides of caesium are environmentally important since they are formed as significant high yield fission products ({sup 135}Cs and {sup 137}Cs) and activation products ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 136}Cs) during nuclear fission. They originate from a range of nuclear activities such as weapons testing, nuclear reprocessing and nuclear fuel cycle discharges and nuclear accidents. Whilst {sup 137}Cs, {sup 134}Cs and {sup 136}Cs are routinely measurable at high sensitivity by gamma spectrometry, routine detection of long-lived {sup 135}Cs by radiometric methods is challenging. This measurement is, however, important given its significance in long-term nuclear waste storage and disposal. Furthermore, the {sup 135}Cs/{sup 137}Cs ratio varies with reactor, weapon and fuel type, and accurate measurement of this ratio can therefore be used as a forensic tool in identifying the source(s) of nuclear contamination. The shorter-lived activation products {sup 134}Cs and {sup 136}Cs have a limited application but provide useful early information on fuel irradiation history and have importance in health physics. Detection of {sup 135}Cs (and {sup 137}Cs) is achievable by mass spectrometric techniques; most commonly inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), as well as thermal ionisation (TIMS), accelerator (AMS) and resonance ionisation (RIMS) techniques. The critical issues affecting the accuracy and detection limits achievable by this technique are effective removal of barium to eliminate isobaric interferences arising from {sup 135}Ba and {sup 137}Ba, and elimination of peak tailing of stable {sup 133}Cs on {sup 135}Cs. Isobaric interferences can be removed by chemical separation, most commonly ion exchange chromatography, and/or instrumental separation using an ICP-MS equipped with a reaction cell. The removal of the peak tailing interference is dependent on the instrument used for final measurement. This review summarizes and compares the analytical procedures

  15. Determination of 135Cs and 137Cs in environmental samples: A review

    Radionuclides of caesium are environmentally important since they are formed as significant high yield fission products (135Cs and 137Cs) and activation products (134Cs and 136Cs) during nuclear fission. They originate from a range of nuclear activities such as weapons testing, nuclear reprocessing and nuclear fuel cycle discharges and nuclear accidents. Whilst 137Cs, 134Cs and 136Cs are routinely measurable at high sensitivity by gamma spectrometry, routine detection of long-lived 135Cs by radiometric methods is challenging. This measurement is, however, important given its significance in long-term nuclear waste storage and disposal. Furthermore, the 135Cs/137Cs ratio varies with reactor, weapon and fuel type, and accurate measurement of this ratio can therefore be used as a forensic tool in identifying the source(s) of nuclear contamination. The shorter-lived activation products 134Cs and 136Cs have a limited application but provide useful early information on fuel irradiation history and have importance in health physics. Detection of 135Cs (and 137Cs) is achievable by mass spectrometric techniques; most commonly inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), as well as thermal ionisation (TIMS), accelerator (AMS) and resonance ionisation (RIMS) techniques. The critical issues affecting the accuracy and detection limits achievable by this technique are effective removal of barium to eliminate isobaric interferences arising from 135Ba and 137Ba, and elimination of peak tailing of stable 133Cs on 135Cs. Isobaric interferences can be removed by chemical separation, most commonly ion exchange chromatography, and/or instrumental separation using an ICP-MS equipped with a reaction cell. The removal of the peak tailing interference is dependent on the instrument used for final measurement. This review summarizes and compares the analytical procedures developed for determination of 135Cs/137Cs, with particular focus on ICP-MS detection and the methods applied

  16. Toxicity of injected 137CsCl in the beagle dog. VII

    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry, and effects of intravenously administered 137CsCl in the Beagle dog are being conducted to aid in assessing the biologic consequences of exposure to 137Cs such as might occur in the event of certain nuclear accidents. Effects of the chronic, relatively uniform whole-body exposure produced by 137Cs are being compared with other diverse radiation dose patterns resulting from inhalation of radioactive aerosols. Sixty-six dogs were entered into the study; 6 with a mean initial 137Cs body burden of 3780 μCi/kg, and 5 groups of 12 dogs each with mean initial 137Cs body burdens of 2820, 1940, 1420, 970, and 0 μCi/kg. All six of the highest level dogs died 19 to 33 days post-injection with cumulative whole-body doses of 950 to 1400 rads. Three dogs in the 2820 μCi/kg level died at 24 to 27 days post-injection with cumulative whole-body doses of 860 to 910 rads. One dog in the 2820 μCi/kg level and one dog in the 1940 μCi/kg level died at 77 and 81 days after injection with cumulative whole-body doses of 1300 to 1400 rads. These early deaths were attributed to severe bone marrow damage which was reflected in an early dose related pancytopenia. A dog injected with 1900 μCi/137Cs/kg died 693 days post-injection with necropsy findings attributed to shock. A dog injected with 2800 μCi/kg died 1594 days post-injection with aspiration pneumonia and a dog with 2900 μCi/kg was euthanized 1704 days post-injection with severe arthritis. A control dog died 647 days after initiation of the study with clinicopathological manifestations of auto-immune hemolytic anemia. Forty 137Cs dogs and 11 controls are surviving at 2047 to 2301 days after being placed on experiment. The surviving 137Cs dogs had initial body burdens that ranged from 880 to 3000 μCi/kg and received cumulative whole-body doses of 550 to 2200 rads. Serial observations are continuing on all survivors. (U.S.)

  17. Seasonal changes of 137Cs in benthic plants from the southern Baltic Sea

    Zalewska, Tamara

    2011-01-01

    137Cs activity concentrations were determined in samples of macrophytes Polysiphonia fucoides (red algae) and Zostera marina (vascular plant) collected during the entire vegetation season in the Gulf of Gdańsk in the southern Baltic Sea. The measurements showed considerable seasonality of 137Cs activity in both species; an increase of cesium concentrations was observed from spring to autumn with maximal levels 49.1 ± 1.4 Bq kgd.w. −1 (P. fucoides) and 14.5 ± 1.0 Bq kgd.w. −1 (Z. marina) in la...

  18. Activity of 137Cs in some foodstuffs imported to the Slovak republic

    The results of radiocesium activity of some foodstuffs imported to the Slovak Republic in the period from January 1988 to July 1995 are presented. The analysed samples were homogenized, packed into 0.45 l Marinelli beakers and then measured by direct semiconductor γ-spectrometry for 10 000-50 000 seconds. The levels of 137Cs in various foodstuffs varied quite widely from Minimum Detectable Activity (MDA) = 0.4 to 80.2 Bq/kg. Concentrations of 137Cs in finch and fish products were in general higher than those in beef and pork. (author). 4 refs., 6 tabs

  19. {sup 137}Cs contamination in tea and yerba mate in South America

    Di Gregorio, D.E. E-mail: digregorio@tandar.cnea.gov.ar; Huck, H.; Aristegui, R.; De Lazzari, G.; Jech, A

    2004-07-01

    Gamma-ray spectra from more than 50 samples of food products available in stores of Buenos Aires city were measured using a germanium detector. Activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs up to 10 Bq/kg were found in tea and yerba mate manufactured in Apostoles, Argentina. Further measurements of tea leaves, yerba mate leaves and soils, all coming from a cultivated area in that region, also show the presence of {sup 137}Cs contamination. The results suggest that the area was fertilized with a product that originated in a region affected by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident.

  20. 137Cs distribution in sod-podzol forest soil of Ukrainian Polissia

    137Cs distribution in sod-podzol forest soil of Ukrainian Polissia in different types of forest condition is studied. Rates of specific and total radionuclides activity in the layers of forest floor and in the mineral part of soil are analyzed. According to the qualitative study of 137Cs distribution in the soil of pine plantation the forest floor is considered to be the geochemical barrier for the migration of radionuclides into soil. The highest total radionuclide activity in humus-eluvial horizon is observed

  1. Re-distribution of 137Cs Chernobyl signal in the Aegean Sea

    The Chernobyl accident produced a patchy deposition of radionuclides over the Eastern and Northern basins of the Mediterranean Sea, that was superimposed over the previous fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapon tests. The deposition of Chernobyl-derived 137Cs was particularly heavy onto the Black Sea (1.7 - 2.4 PBq) and the Aegean - Ionian Seas along the Greek coasts (800 TBq). Moreover, the inflow of surface Black Sea water through the Dardanelles Straits still constitutes a point source of the conservative 137Cs into the North Aegean Sea. The objective of this study is to discuss the relationship between the re-distribution of 137Cs Chernobyl signal in the Aegean Sea and water circulation in the area, with focus on the evolution in space and time on the events of deep water formation. Selected sampling was carried out in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003 by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the Italian ENEA Marine Environment research Centre during oceanographic campaigns designed for other purposes. Due to the limited ship time available, particular attention was dedicated to gather information on the 137Cs vertical profiles in the water column of selected sites (deep North-Aegean Basins and Cretan Sea), where the signal of past events involving deep water formation is expected to be registered. The water exiting the Dardanelles undergoes mixing with North Aegean surface water. In the surface water, there is a clear trend of decreasing 137Cs concentration with increasing salinity, suggesting that mixing/dilution of Black Sea Water (BSW) with highly saline Aegean waters is the dominant process determining the 137Cs levels. Due to its low salinity, BSW acts as an insulation layer and, consequently, deep-water formation is rather infrequent in the North Aegean, taking place only at periods of reduced Black Sea outflow and/or exceptionally cold and dry winters. In the last 20 years there have been two major deep-water formation events in the North Aegean: in

  2. Evaluating soil erosion rate in the Dianchi lake basin using 137Cs tracer method

    137Cs tracer method was used to evaluate the soil erosion rate in the Dianchi Lake Basin. The results indicate that the soil erosion rate of investigated area is about 224-3546 t/km2yr, the changes depend on the sample from different agricultural land. The extensive cultivation and irrigation also increases the erosion rate of dry farmland on sloping fields, the orders of erosion of different land uses differ from the other region, such as Taihu Lake Basin. Particularly, 137Cs inventories of soil profiles in the Dianchi Lake Basin (355-872 Bq/m2) are lower than those in some other areas of China and the world. The reasons may be its specific climate and location in the outer of the nuclear test base. The soil erosion rates evaluated by 137Cs tracer method are coincident with the observation of field and other estimated methods. Therefore, 137Cs tracer method can be used to evaluate mid-term soil erosion rate of the Dianchi Lake Basin. (authors)

  3. Transfer Factors of 137Cs and 85Sr by Freshwater Fish in Tropical Environment

    The experiment was set up to determine the radionuclide transfer factors (T.F.) of 137Cs and 85Sr by tropical freshwater fish. Mixed breeding catfish between Thai catfish (Clarias acrocephalus) and African catfish (Clarias garispinus African sharptooth) were exposed to 137Cs and 85Sr in two 1000-L tanks for 42 days during uptake phase. The calculated T.F. at equilibrium, in flesh, bone, skin plus fin and head were 3.2, 2.6, 1.6 and 1.5 L.kg-1 for 137Cs and 0.1, 4, 1 and 17 L.kg-1 for 90Sr, respectively. These results revealed a much lower values than reported elsewhere for temperate environment, however were in accordance with the tropical values as observed by others. The biological half-lives of 137Cs and 85Sr in flesh part were 41 and 4 days respectively. It is then imperative that suitable T.F. values are employed in the models to predict the transport of radionuclides within the particular ecosystem and the potential dose to man. Thus the relationship between routine release of radionuclides and resulting dose to man can be established and corresponding release limits stipulated for that particular nuclear site

  4. 90Sr and 137Cs determination in milk and foodstuff samples in North and Middle Moravia

    Activities of radionuclides Sr-90 and Cs-137 in milk and parts of foodstuff have been determined in National Radiation Protection Institute for many years. Sr-90 activity in those samples determinate branch Ostrava by radiochemical procedure - precipitation with oxalic acid and measuring with using gas-flow proportional detector. Gamma spectrometry with HPGe detector is using for 137 Cs determination. (authors)

  5. 137Cs activity and associated dose in the coastal marine environment of India

    Coastal marine environment is important for India since a considerable percentage of the human population resides in coastal areas. Fallout radionuclides as well as non-radioactive substances have polluted the coastal marine environment of India. The introduction of 137Cs, a fallout radionuclide, considered as global pollutant, into marine environment has created the need for marine environmental data. The main objective is to provide data on the present level of 137Cs which is important from the standpoint of radiological health and dose associated with it. Such database will also provide benchmark which will be helpful in assessing the impact of additional contribution to marine radioactivity in the future. The results confirm that the mean annual individual dose from 137Cs in seafood (fish) for the Indian subcontinent is 0.03 μSv. The highest annual individual dose for 137Cs due to the ingestion offish is in the age group of 40 to 59 years which is due to the reason that the Indian annual dietary intake of fish is highest in this age group

  6. The impact of 137Cs ionising radiation on the biological effects of plants

    Biological effects of exposure to low ionising radiation, especially of long-lasting exposure, have not yet been investigated thoroughly.The goal of this study was to determine internal irradiation doses caused by accumulated 137Cs in test plants and organisms. Environmental exposure of 11 test plant species to 137Cs ionising radiation reached internal irradiation doses of up to 32 micro Sv, which can already cause genotoxic changes in plants sensitive to ionising radiation. Laboratory experiments demonstrated that internal irradiation of the test organism Tradescantia with 0.5 micro Sv of 137Cs was lethal for 25 % of nonviable stamen hairs and for 1.3 % of somatic cells.Under laboratory conditions, negligible internal (0.6-600 micro Sv) and external (40-5500 micro Sv) ionising radiation doses of 137Cs stimulated root growth in Lepidium sativum and reduced the length of the cells nearest to the meristem, but no dose-dependent effect was observed.(author)

  7. Stress modification of the kinetic of 137Cs absorption and primary pattern of intercompartments distribution

    The kinetic of 137Cs absorption by pea seedlings and the possibility of alteration of the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of this process were investigated. Gamma irradiation of dry seeds of pea at doses of 25-50 Gy brings about a global change in the kinetic and concentration curves of the active and passive 137Cs uptake by the plant roots. The first and second phases of the kinetic curve, which mirror the passive stage of absorption, and the type of the concentration curve in general, were changed. The level of radionuclide accumulation at this passive stage and the retention for the apoplast-symplast passage increase significantly. Changes in the Michaelis-Menten parameters of the concentration curves were also observed. The changes mirror changes in the radionuclide distribution in the symplast-apoplast system. The time of 137Cs retention for the root-stem transition increased from 0.5 min to 1 min. This investigation suggests that the cation exchange capacity of the parts and structures of a plant is among the main factors which determine the primary intercompartment distribution of 137Cs as nonbiogenous mineral elements

  8. On the 137Cs bioavailability for the soil-plant transfer in soil treated with fertilizers

    One of the most used agricultural countermeasures to reduce the uptake of adionuclides from soil into plants is the chemical treatment of the soil with fertilizers. The speciation of radionuclides in contaminated soils allows to assess the mechanisms governing the migration of radionuclide and their bioavailability. The paper presents the results of a laboratory experiment on the influence of several potassium fertilizers on the distribution of 137Cs in the soil fractions that are readily available for the uptake into the plant. By the sequential extraction method, the distribution of 137Cs has been determined in the water soluble and exchangeable fractions separated at the first moment of contamination. Most of the 137Cs has been bounded in the forms with a low accessibility to the plant, the differences in the distribution depending on the soils characteristics. Fertilizers releasing fast the potassium ions into the soil solution reduced the 137Cs concentration in the readily available fractions, whereas no modification has been produced by the application of adularia fertilizer. (author)

  9. Effect of potassium fertilizers on 137Cs transfer from sandy soddy-podzolic soil to plants

    The purpose of the work is to study the behavior of potassium in sandy soddy podzolic soil and its influence on the availability of 137 Cs to plants of winter rye and lupine when applying various doses of potassium fertilizers (PF) and turf-manure compost (TMC). A many-years stationary experiment was established in the Bryansk region in 1986-1988 on soddy podzolic soil contaminated by the accident at the Chernobyl Power Station. The influence of fertilizer was studied in 4-field crop rotation in an experimental plot: seeded fallow (lupine, bird's-foot) – winter rye – potato – spring grains. Potassium and mineral fertilizers were applied. It was shown that the application of potassium fertilizers (from 0 to 180 kg/ha) increased the content of exchangeable potassium in the soil by 1.7-2-7 times and its mobility by 2.5-4.0 times which resulted in a decrease of 137Cs transfer to plants by 5.8-14 times. The inverse proportional relationship was found between the potassium mobility and the content of its mobile form and the accumulation coefficient of 137Cs by lupine and wheat rye plants. A linear relationship was reveled between the accumulation coefficient of 137Cs and the content of exchangeable radionuclide

  10. A medical follow-up of 137 Cs Goiania radiation accident: un update (1990-1992)

    The aim of this paper is to describe the main aftereffects of the 137 Cs accident in the last two years, giving emphasis on clinical, hematological, radiological and psychological aspects. A medical follow-up protocol was established by CNEN and the Leide das Neves Ferreira Foundation of the State of Goias, in order to prospectively follow more than 150 victims. (author). 6 refs

  11. Long term behaviour of 137Cs in the global marine environment: observations and model simulations

    137Cs concentration surface water time series in 12 latitudinal boxes of the Pacific Ocean are re-investigated for the period from 1970 to 2005. The apparent half-residence times of 137Cs ranged from 11 to 36 years, depending on the position of the box. Generally these revised estimations of the apparent half-residence times are in good agreement with previous estimations. However, in a few boxes in the South Pacific we found longer apparent half-residence times. 137Cs inventories in the water column of the Pacific were also re-investigated for the period from 1970 to 2003. They are much smaller in the north of the subtropical gyre, however, they showed a less decrease in the south edge of the subtropical gyre. In the equatorial areas, 137Cs inventories had increased or been maintained constant. The main processes of these differences are caused by the southward transport of water masses due to subduction, and due to the existence of mid-depth minima at 300-400 m layers which correspond to the central mode water. (author)

  12. {sup 40}K/{sup 137}Cs discrimination ratios to the aboveground organs of tropical plants

    Sanches, N. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil); Anjos, R.M. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: meigikos@if.uff.br; Mosquera, B. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-15

    In the present work, the accumulation of caesium and potassium in aboveground plant parts was studied in order to improve the understanding on the behaviour of monovalent cations in several compartments of tropical plants. We present the results for activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K, measured by gamma spectrometry, from five tropical plant species: guava (Psidium guajava), mango (Mangifera indica), papaya (Carica papaya), banana (Musa paradisiaca), and manioc (Manihot esculenta). Caesium and potassium have shown a high level of mobility within the plants, exhibiting the highest values of concentration in the growing parts (fruits, leaves, twigs, and barks) of the woody fruit and large herbaceous shrub (such as manioc) species. In contrast, the banana and papaya plants exhibited the lowest levels of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K in their growing parts. However, a significant correlation between activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K was observed in these tropical plants. The {sup 40}K/{sup 137}Cs discrimination ratios were approximately equal to unity in different compartments of each individual plant, suggesting the possibility of using caesium to predict the behaviour of potassium in several tropical species.

  13. Background distributions of 239+240Pu and 137Cs of upland soil in Rokkasho, Japan

    The background distributions of Pu and 137Cs in soil were investigated in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, where the first commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Japan is now being constructed. Soil core samples to 1 m depth were collected at 13 upland fields in Rokkasho and control sites in Hachinohe and Hirosaki. Since fields under yam (Dioscorea babatus) cultivation, which is a common crop in Rokkasho, were dug to approximately 1 m depth at harvesting, depth profiles of fallout radionuclides are heavily disturbed for most fields in Rokkasho. The mean inventories of 239+240Pu and 137Cs in three fields with no yam cultivation history were 116 Bq m-2 and 3.4 kBq m-2, respectively and similar to values in Hachinohe. However, the inventories were approximately a half of those in Hirosaki. The mean ratio of 239Pu/240Pu for all studied fields was 0.18±0.04, and similar to that of global fallout. The Pu concentrations correlate very well with 137Cs (r=0.97) in spite of heavy disturbance of soil, and the ratio of 239+240Pu/137Cs was 0.037±0.007, which is a typical value for global fallout. (author)

  14. Measurement of the whole-body 137Cs in residents around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

    To understand the current situation of internal radiation exposure in the population around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (CNPP), we examined the 137Cs body burden in six residents of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in 2002 and 2004 using the whole-body counter (WBC) at Nagasaki Univ. (Japan). The data were compared with those of our previous study performed in 1993-1994 using the same method. In 2002 and 2004, peaks of 137Cs were detected in two residents from Gomel, which was heavily contaminated by the CNPP accident, one from Minsk (Belarus) and one from Kiev (Ukraine), but another resident from Minsk showed no 137Cs peaks. The results of the present study suggests that residents around the CNPP are still exposed to chronic 137Cs internal irradiation, probably due to the daily consumption of contaminated domestic foods, but the risk of any disease by the irradiation is quite low. Long-term follow-up of WBC around the CNPP is useful and may contribute to radiation safety regulation together with a reduction of unnecessary radio-phobia for the residents. (authors)

  15. Distribution of 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th in soils from Northern Venezuela

    More than one hundred undisturbed soil samples form Northern Venezuela and the islands of Margarita and Los Roques have been analyzed for 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th by γ-ray spectroscopy. The specimens were taken from between 5-10 cm below the earth's surface. Thus, they are valid not only for the 137Cs deposition studies but also for the estimation of the natural γ-ray dose from primordial radionuclides that form the terrestrial component. The concentrations of 40K was directly determined from its 1461 keV γ-ray, while those of 137Cs, 238U and 232Th were performed using a γ-ray from one of their daughter radionuclides: the 661 keV γ-ray of 137mBa for 137Cs, the 1760 keV γ-ray of 214Bi for 238U and the 2620 keV γ-ray of 208Tl for 232Th. Finally, the concentration values were compared with those of global estimates. (author) 15 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  16. The use of honey bees in environmental monitoring of 137Cs

    Bees are excellent random samplers of relatively defined areas. A bee typically flies up to 1.5 km from the hive, covering an area of approximately 7 km2. Within this area the bee forages from many plants and collects water from various sources. Bee products, such as pollen and honey, therefore reflect the conditions of the immediate environment. In this study we were interested in the transfer of the anthropogenically produced isotope 137Cs from environmental sinks into the bee products. 137Cs originates principally from the atmospheric thermonuclear bomb tests conducted in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Minute quantities could also originate from nuclear establishments (such as ANSTO in Australia) where it is used in scientific research. Once released into the environment 137Cs is known to bind tightly with the clay component and organic fractions in soil and its distribution largely reflects the physical transport of soil. In this work we compared the 137Cs levels from the Sydney region and other parts of NSW against Ireland (which were high as a result of the Chernobyl reactor accident)

  17. Unmixing of 137Cs, Pb, Zn, and Cd records in lake sediments

    The inverse Berger-Health model to unmix sedimentary records of particle-associated tracers, originally used for 18O records of particle-associated tracers, originally used for 18O records in deep-sea sediments, is extended to include radioactive materials, environmental pollutants, compaction of sediments, and error analysis. The method is applied to the fallout tracer 137Cs, and to Pb, Zn, and Cd in sediment cores from Lake Michigan. The reconstructued 137Cs input records from northern Lake Michigan. The reconstructed 137Cs input records from northern Lake Michigan are in good agreement with 137Cs fallout data. The unmixed influx records of Pb, Zn, and Cd show excellent agreement with input records reconstructed previously by a frequency domain method, thus supporting the validity of the approach. Assuming that tracer concentrations as well as sedimentation and mixing parameters are known with sufficient accuracy, and that the forward model is correct, the ultimate limitation of this or any other reconstruction method lies in the finite depths of the physical sampling intervals

  18. Accumulation of 137Cs by fungal mycelium in forest ecosystems of Ukraine

    During 1996-1998, 16 fruit bodies of different species and 204 soil samples down to 10 cm in the close vicinity of the fruit body sites were collected in a coniferous forest in the Ovruch region of Ukraine. The soil samples were sliced into 1 or 2 cm layers and the fungal mycelium was prepared from each of the layers. The 137Cs activity concentration was determined in both soil and mycelium. The mean weight of fungal mycelium was 13.8 mg g-1 of soil in the upper 4 cm and 7.3 mg g-1 when measured for the upper 10 cm. At the sites of Paxillus involutus and Sarcodon imbricatus, the mycelium was rather homogeneously distributed in the upper 10 cm and at sites of Xerocomus subtomentosus and Cantharellus cibarius, the mycelium was distributed mostly in the upper layers. The highest 137Cs activity concentrations were found in the upper layers of the soil profile. The 137Cs activity concentrations were usually higher in the fruit bodies compared with the mycelium, with ratios ranging from 0.1 to 66 and a mean of 9.9. The percentage of the total inventory of 137Cs in the soil found in the fungal mycelium ranged from 0.1 to 50%, with a mean value of 15%

  19. Ecological half-life of 137Cs in plants associated with a contaminated stream

    Ecological half-life (Te) is a useful measure for studying the long-term decline of contaminants, such as radionuclides, in natural systems. The current investigation determined levels of radiocesium (137Cs) in two aquatic (Polygonum punctatum, Sagittaria latifolia) and three terrestrial (Alnus serrulata, Myrica cerifera, Salix nigra) plant species from a contaminated stream and floodplain on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. Current 137Cs levels in plants were used in conjunction with historical data to determine Te of 137Cs in each species. Median concentrations of 137Cs were highest in S. latifolia (0.84 Bq g-1) and lowest in M. cerifera (0.10 Bq g-1). Te's ranged from 4.85 yr in M. cerifera to 8.35 yr in S. nigra, both terrestrial species. Te's for all aquatic (6.30 yr) and all terrestrial (5.87) species combined were very similar. The Te's of the two aquatic primary producers (P. punctatum and S. latifolia) in the Steel Creek ecosystem were somewhat longer than Te values previously reported for some consumers from this ecosystem

  20. 137Cs deposition in peat profiles on a raised bog in central Sweden; Forests ecosystems

    Rosen, K.; Vinichuk, M.; Galan, P.R.; Johanson, K.J. (Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Soil Sciences, Uppsala (Sweden))

    2009-06-15

    Distribution of 137Cs depositions within peat profiles in open bog and nearby (low pine) sites in raised bog are shown and discussed. A possible involvement of Sphagnum moss in radionuclide binding and retention in such nutrient poor ecosystem is suggested. (au)

  1. Measuring the bioenergetic cost of fish activity in situ using a globally dispersed radiotracer (137Cs)

    The energetic cost of activity is an important component of the bioenergetic budget of fish, yet this parameter has rarely been quantified for wild populations. Using a 137Cs mass balance approach, we estimated the annual bioenergetic budgets for individual age-classes of 19 species of North American freshwater fish. Immature fish have low activity-related metabolic costs that agree with estimates based on swimming speed or integer multipliers. Mature fish have 2- to 4-fold higher activity than immature fish and 2- to 4-fold higher activity than estimates based on swimming speed or integer multipliers. The higher activity in mature fish may be due to reproductive efforts. Underestimation of activity in conventional bioenergetics models leads to underestimation of consumption rates. Thus, our in situ and age-specific estimates of activity costs provide a means to improve bioenergetic predictions. Although our analysis was done on an annual basis, it is possible to use the 137Cs technique over shorter intervals (weeks). The 137Cs method has general applicability to aquatic systems because 137Cs is globally dispersed and can be accurately measured in all aquatic organisms using gamma spectrometry. (author). 62 refs., 4 tabs., 4 figs

  2. 40K/137Cs discrimination ratios to the aboveground organs of tropical plants

    In the present work, the accumulation of caesium and potassium in aboveground plant parts was studied in order to improve the understanding on the behaviour of monovalent cations in several compartments of tropical plants. We present the results for activity concentrations of 137Cs and 40K, measured by gamma spectrometry, from five tropical plant species: guava (Psidium guajava), mango (Mangifera indica), papaya (Carica papaya), banana (Musa paradisiaca), and manioc (Manihot esculenta). Caesium and potassium have shown a high level of mobility within the plants, exhibiting the highest values of concentration in the growing parts (fruits, leaves, twigs, and barks) of the woody fruit and large herbaceous shrub (such as manioc) species. In contrast, the banana and papaya plants exhibited the lowest levels of 137Cs and 40K in their growing parts. However, a significant correlation between activity concentrations of 137Cs and 40K was observed in these tropical plants. The 40K/137Cs discrimination ratios were approximately equal to unity in different compartments of each individual plant, suggesting the possibility of using caesium to predict the behaviour of potassium in several tropical species

  3. Soil erosion determinations using 137Cs technique in the agricultural regions of Gediz Basin, Western Turkey

    Gediz basin is one of the regions where intense agricultural activities take place in Western Turkey. Erosion and soil degradation has long been causing serious problems to cultivated fields in the basin. This work describes the application of two different 137Cs models for estimating soil erosion rates in cultivated sites of the region. Soil samples were collected from five distinct cultivated regions subject to soil erosion. The variations of 137Cs concentrations with depth in soil profiles were investigated. Soil loss rates were calculated from 137Cs inventories of the samples using both Proportional Model (PM) and Simplified Mass Balance Model (SMBM). When Proportional Model was used, erosion and deposition rates varied from -15 to -28 t ha-1y-1 and from +5 to +41 t ha ha-1y-1, respectively, they varied from -16 to -33 t ha-1y-1 and from +5 to +55 t ha-1y-1 with Simplified Mass Balance Model. A good agreement was observed between the results of two models up to 30 t ha-1y-1 soil loss and gain in the study area. Ulukent, a small representative agricultural field, was selected to compare the present data of 137Cs techniques with the results obtained by Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) applied in the area before. (authors)

  4. Determination of transfer factors for 137Cs and 90Sr isotopes in soil-plant system

    Studies on the determination of transfer factors (TF) for 137Cs and 90Sr isotopes from soil to plant are presented. Experiments were performed on grass from meadows of Bug river valleys and vegetables from Zwierzyniec region. The influence of potassium and calcium on the transfer factor of both isotopes is discussed. (author)

  5. The use of honey bees in environmental monitoring of 137Cs

    Bees are excellent random samplers of relatively defined areas. A bee typically flies up to 1.5 km from the hive, covering an area of approximately 7 km2. Within this area the bee forages from many plants and collects water from various sources. Bee products, such as pollen and honey, therefore reflect the conditions of the immediate environment. In this study we were interested in the transfer of the anthropogenically produced isotope 137Cs from environmental sinks into the bee products. 137Cs originates principally from the atmospheric thermonuclear bomb tests conducted in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Minute quantities could also originate from nuclear establishments (such as ANSTO in Australia) where it is used in scientific research. Once released into the environment 137Cs is known to bind tightly with the clay component and organic fractions in soil and its distribution largely reflects the physical transport of soil. In this work we compared the 137Cs levels from the Sydney region and other parts of NSW against Ireland (which were high as a result of the Chernobyl reactor accident). (author). 7 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  6. A medical follow-up of 137 Cs Goiania radiation accident: un update (1990-1992)

    Brandao-Mello, Carlos Eduardo; Oliveira, Alexandre Rodrigues de [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Farina, Rosana [Industrias Nucleares do Brasil SA, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    1995-12-31

    The aim of this paper is to describe the main aftereffects of the 137 Cs accident in the last two years, giving emphasis on clinical, hematological, radiological and psychological aspects. A medical follow-up protocol was established by CNEN and the Leide das Neves Ferreira Foundation of the State of Goias, in order to prospectively follow more than 150 victims. (author). 6 refs.

  7. 131I-activity in man's thyroid and 137Cs-activity in muscle tissue

    131I- and 137Cs-activities in milk and salad on one hand, and in thyroid - and muscle tissues of deceased persons on the other hand were determined in the days and weeks after the Chernobyl accident around Graz, Austria. The values listed in the tables are intended to investigate radionuclides migration from the food chain to human tissues. 4 tabs. (qui)

  8. Development of an ammonium molybdophosphate gel for the scavenging of 137Cs from radioactive wastes

    The paper describes the preparation of a stable ammonium molybdophosphate gel in the form of 3-4 mm porous spheres that can be packed as ion exchange columns. The sorption of 137Cs on the gel under different conditions has been studied. (author)

  9. Modelling of 137Cs concentration change in organisms of the Japanese coastal food chains

    In order to predict 137CS concentrations in marine organisms of Japanese coastal food chains, a basic compartment model being composed of nuclide transfer both from seawater and food chain was investigated. Food chain structure of typical Japanese coastal water is established to include detritus, food chain, benthic food chain and planktonic food chain

  10. Elimination of 137Cs from Japanese Catfish Acutely Contaminated by Labelled Food

    The effective half-life of 137Cs in acutely contaminated Japanese catfish was determined. The fish were fed with fish meal incorporated with 137CsCl and then released into aquaria. To assess the 137Cs activity retained in the fish body, the whole body radioactivity of each fish was measured at regular intervals for up to 157 days. The data were plotted with relative counts on the y-axis and corresponding elapsed time on the x-axis. Relative count plotted against elapsed time was found to consist of three components, namely the first fast, second fast and the slow component. The true elimination curves of the first components were calculated by the peeling off method. The effective half-life of the fast components was determined from the slope of the true curves. The effective half-life of 137Cs for the first fast, second fast and the slow component in Japanese catfish was found to be 1.27, 5.76 and 251 days, respectively. (author)

  11. Distribution of 137Cs in surface soils as affected by forest clear-cutting

    The distribution of 137Cs was studied in podzol soil profiles from a 5 year old forest clear-cut area and an adjacent mature spruce forest in central Norway in order to assess the effects of clear-cutting on the distribution and mobility of radiocaesium in surface soils. A distinctly higher radiocaesium activity observed in the humus layer from the clear-cut compared to the forest area strongly indicates an increase in organic surface soil 137Cs activity within the first 5 years following forest clear-cutting. Such an increase, previously observed for Ca, Mg, Mn and Zn, is explained by increased supply of radiocaesium from decomposing logging residue, such as lichens and needles. Roughly 25% of the activity leached from decomposing residue had been transported into the A-E layer 5 years after clear-cutting. High 137Cs activity in the eluvial (E) horizon and a distinct decrease in deeper horizons indicates a certain leaching of 137Cs from the humus layer into the E horizon, which may act as an effective barrier against further leaching of radiocaesium. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  12. Potential of Chromolaena odorata for phytoremediation of (137)Cs from solution and low level nuclear waste.

    Singh, Shraddha; Thorat, Vidya; Kaushik, C P; Raj, Kanwar; Eapen, Susan; D'Souza, S F

    2009-03-15

    Potential of Chromolaena odorata plants for remediation of (137)Cs from solutions and low level nuclear waste was evaluated. When plants were exposed to solutions spiked with three different levels of (137)Cs, namely 1 x 10(3) kBqL(-1), 5 x 10(3) kBqL(-1) and 10 x 10(3) kBqL(-1), 89%, 81% and 51% of (137)Cs was found to be remediated in 15 d, respectively. At the lowest Cs activity (1 x 10(3) kBqL(-1)), accumulation of Cs was found to be higher in roots compared to shoots, while at higher Cs activities (5 x 10(3) kBqL(-1) and 10 x 10(3) kBqL(-1)), Cs accumulation was more in shoots than roots. When plants were incubated in low level nuclear waste, 79% of the activity was removed by plants at the end of 15 d. The present study suggests that C. odorata could be used as a potential candidate plant for phytoremediation of (137)Cs. PMID:18599208

  13. Potential of Chromolaena odorata for phytoremediation of 137Cs from solution and low level nuclear waste

    Potential of Chromolaena odorata plants for remediation of 137Cs from solutions and low level nuclear waste was evaluated. When plants were exposed to solutions spiked with three different levels of 137Cs, namely 1 x 103 kBq L-1, 5 x 103 kBq L-1 and 10 x 103 kBq L-1, 89%, 81% and 51% of 137Cs was found to be remediated in 15 d, respectively. At the lowest Cs activity (1 x 103 kBq L-1), accumulation of Cs was found to be higher in roots compared to shoots, while at higher Cs activities (5 x 103 kBq L-1 and 10 x 103 kBq L-1), Cs accumulation was more in shoots than roots. When plants were incubated in low level nuclear waste, 79% of the activity was removed by plants at the end of 15 d. The present study suggests that C. odorata could be used as a potential candidate plant for phytoremediation of 137Cs

  14. Post-Chernobyl 137Cs in the atmosphere of Thessaloniki: a consequence of the financial crisis in Greece

    The background radiation level of 137Cs at the urban atmosphere of Thessaloniki has been increased during the recent decade only due to the Fukushima accident fallout. Since then, no other signal of 137Cs was observed until the winter period of 2013, when slightly elevated 137Cs concentrations were measured. The 137Cs signals observed were up to 12 μBq m−3, mainly during holidays and weekends followed by lower or even non-detectable activities in the next working days. Those episodes are attributed to the increase of biomass products combustion for residential heating as this year the tax of oil for heating was drastically raised as a consequence of the financial crisis. A preliminary survey of various wood products as well as of bottom ashes from different domestic burning devices is presented. 137Cs concentrations up to 11 Bq kg−1 were measured in wood products and up to 500 Bq kg−1 in ash samples. -- Highlights: • Chernobyl 137Cs is released in the urban atmosphere of Thessaloniki, Greece. • 137Cs signals observed were one order of magnitude higher than the background measurements. • The increase of wood products use for domestic heating are the source of 137Cs signals observed

  15. Activities of the {sup 7}Be and {sup 137}Cs nuclides in mushrooms from Southern and Western Finland

    Loennroth, T.; Bjoerkholm, A.; Haavisto, T.; Slotte, J.M.K. [Aabo Akademi, Turku (Finland). Dept. of Physics; Lill, J.O. [Aabo Akademi, Turku (Finland). Dept. of Physics; Aabo Akademi, Turku (Finland). Turku PET Centre and Accelerator Lab.

    2011-07-01

    We report the results from activity measurements of {sup 7}Be and {sup 137}Cs nuclides in mushrooms in Southern and Western Finland. Fifty-three samples were studied, and they showed large variations especially in the {sup 137}Cs activity both regionally and between mushroom species. (orig.)

  16. 137Cs activity in the air on the territory of Serbia during the period 1993-1999

    The paper presents results of systematic measurements of 137Cs activity in air on the territory of Serbia during the period 1993-1999. Results show increasing of radioactivity (137Cs) only in June 1998 (accident in the south of Spain). (author)

  17. 90SR and 137CS distribution in organisms of wild small mammals (Chernobyl zone)

    The distribution of 90Sr and 137Cs content in tissues of small rodent mammals has been studied in detail. It was determined that for a vole Microtus the largest ratio values of 137Cs concentration in organs to one in muscles are in skin (2.02±0.45) and kidneys (1.57±0.29), in other tissues they are much lower. The comparison of 137Cs specific concentration in tissues with their size (mass index) has shown that the major portion of the total radionuclide concentration in the animal body is in the bone and muscle tissues aggregate (44.1 ± 2.8%) and in skin (24.8 ± 2.5%). The total content of 137Cs in a gastrointestinal tract is about 20-25%, but nevertheless, it may be assumed that it is strongly dependent on the radioactivity of food. Preliminary data show that other species of genus Microtus can have another pattern of distribution. A more detailed research was conducted for the bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus), 90Sr and 137Cs contents in tissues were calculated. 137Cs distribution corresponds with the tissues portion in the animal's body mass (% of total content): the most in muscles 38.3, gastrointestinal tract 21.3, skin 16.7; the least in eyes 0.23, spleen 0.33, heart 0.74. The comparison of the activity concentration in each tissue with the average concentration of 137Cs in the whole body presented more evident differences between the tissues. The highest radionuclide concentration is in skin (1.48), in a slightly less degree in spleen (1.22) and eyes (1.20). The 90Sr distribution in the vole body is uneven up to 83.4% of the overall content is in bone tissues, in muscle -6.8, gastrointestinal tract - 4.2, skin - 3.9, in other tissues - 0.2-0.5%. In comparison with 90Sr average activity in the body: skeleton -10.9, eyes -1.3, spleen -1.02, and their values are much higher than in other tissues and organs. (author)

  18. Physicochemical fractionation of {sup 137}Cs from TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in irrigation water

    Tsukada, Hirofumi; Ohse, Kenji; Ishii, Hideki; Kitayama, Kyo; Nanba, Kenji; Kawatsu, Kencho [Fukushima University, 1 Kanayagawa, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-1296 (Japan)

    2014-07-01

    Significant quantities of radionuclides were released into the environment due to the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Cesium-137 is the most important radionuclide for the assessment of radiation exposure to the public for the long-term. The physicochemical form of radionuclides is an important factor in determining the fate of radionuclides in the environment. For instance, {sup 137}Cs in soil can be divided into three fractions (such as exchangeable, bound to organic matter, and strongly bound to particles), and their transferability to biota and contacting waters are different. In the present study, the physicochemical fractions in rice irrigation water were determined. Sixty L of the irrigation water was collected in Oguni, Date, Fukushima (northwest 55 km far away from the Plant) in 2013. The collected sample was filtered with a 0.45 μm membrane filter (Merck Millipore, Durapore{sup R} Membrane Filters), and separated into suspended and dissolved fractions. In addition, 2000-4000 L of the irrigation water was treated by a continuous high-speed centrifugation method, and several g of suspended matter were collected. Twenty ml of concentrated nitric acid was added to 20 L of the filtrated sample and the sample was concentrated with heating, which was used to determine the total concentration of {sup 137}Cs in the dissolved fraction. Then, 5 L of the filtrated sample was passed through a Cs disk (3M, Empore{sup TM} Cesium RAD Disks) and the inorganic, cationic fraction that existed as {sup 137}Cs+ was collected. The difference between the total dissolved fraction and the inorganic fraction was defined as the dissolved organic fraction. The suspended matter collected with the centrifugation method was separated into the three solid-phase fractions noted above: exchangeable, bound to organic matter, and strongly bound to particles. Thus, the total {sup 137}Cs inventory in the irrigation water was separated into five fractions: dissolved

  19. Seasonal variation of the 137Cs level and its relationship with potassium and carbon levels in conifer needles

    Seasonal variations in foliar 137Cs levels were examined in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in western Finland. Our aim was to test the occurrence of seasonal variation in contents and concentrations of 137Cs, potassium and carbon in needles. The study focused on analysing levels of total 137Cs in the three youngest needle age classes and comparing them to the levels of potassium and carbon. Spruce and pine needles were collected from 50- and 65-year-old stands on 18 sampling occasions between April 1996 and February 1997. Phases of intensive growth, needle elongation and dormancy were apparent in the time series for the needle contents and activity concentration of 137Cs, both of which varied according to needle age class and tree species. The sequence of phases with a temporal fluctuation of needle contents, activity concentrations of 137Cs and concentrations of K and carbon varied occasionally, and the efficiency of their translocation revealed some differences in the dynamics of 137Cs, K and carbon in spruce and pine. The data clearly showed that the needles' K contents responded strongly to changes in K demand from other parts of the tree due to seasonal changes and that these responses were stronger than the associated retranslocations of 137Cs, particularly in Scots pine. During intensive growth, K was less mobile than 137Cs in the needles. The uptake of 137Cs by current-year needles is simultaneously affected by uptake from the soil via the roots and retranslocation from other internal sources, and both of these processes affect the observed transfer rates during the growth period. Our results provided information on the transfer rates and revealed differentiation of root uptake and retranslocation of 137Cs in needles. The study can support dynamic modelling of atmospheric 137Cs contamination in forests. -- Highlights: ► Seasonal variations in 137Cs, K and carbon levels in conifer needles were studied.

  20. Persistence of 137Cs in the litter layers of forest soil horizons of Mount IDA/Kazdagi, Turkey

    In 2010–2012, an extensive study was performed in forest sites of Mount IDA (Kazdagi)/Edremit 26 years after the Chernobyl accident. The 137Cs activity concentrations were determined by gamma-ray spectrometry in the forest soil layers (OL, OF + OH and A horizons) separately. Based on 341 surface soil samples and 118 soil profiles, activity concentrations of 137Cs in OL horizons varied between 0.25 ± 0.14 and 70 ± 1 Bq kg−1, while the ranges of 137Cs activity concentrations in OF + OH and A horizons were 13 ± 1–555 ± 3 Bq kg−1 and 2 ± 1–253 ± 2 Bq kg−1, respectively. Cesium-137 deposition in the study area was estimated to be in the range of 1–39 kBq m−2 and a linear relationship between the deposition of 137Cs and the altitude was observed. The distributions of 137Cs activities in OL, OF + OH and A horizons throughout the region were mapped in detail. The highest 137Cs activities were found in OF + OH horizons, with markedly lower 137Cs activity in mineral horizons of soil profiles. It is observed that 137Cs content of humus layer increases with the thickness of the humus layer for coniferous forest sites. The 137Cs activity concentrations were higher than the recommended screening limits (150 Bq kg−1) at some of the investigated areas. The current activity concentration of top soil layers indicates that over many years since the initial deposition, 137Cs activity is keeping still high in the organic horizons. - Highlights: • 137Cs activity levels in the forested areas at the Mount IDA/Kazdagi were obtained. • Maps of 137Cs activities in the OL, OF+OH and A horizons were represented. • Activity concentrations of 137Cs in organic horizons varied from 13 to 555 Bq kg−1. • Deposited 137Cs is still present in the surface layers of the forest soils

  1. Seasonal variation of the {sup 137}Cs level and its relationship with potassium and carbon levels in conifer needles

    Rantavaara, Aino, E-mail: aino.rantavaara@stuk.fi [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Research and Environmental Surveillance, P.O. Box 14, FI-00881 Helsinki (Finland); Vetikko, Virve, E-mail: virve.vetikko@stuk.fi [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Research and Environmental Surveillance, P.O. Box 14, FI-00881 Helsinki (Finland); Raitio, Hannu, E-mail: hannu.raitio@metla.fi [Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), P. O. Box 18 , FI-01301 Vantaa (Finland); Aro, Lasse, E-mail: lasse.aro@metla.fi [Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), Parkano Unit, Kaironiementie 15, FI-39700 Parkano (Finland)

    2012-12-15

    Seasonal variations in foliar {sup 137}Cs levels were examined in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in western Finland. Our aim was to test the occurrence of seasonal variation in contents and concentrations of {sup 137}Cs, potassium and carbon in needles. The study focused on analysing levels of total {sup 137}Cs in the three youngest needle age classes and comparing them to the levels of potassium and carbon. Spruce and pine needles were collected from 50- and 65-year-old stands on 18 sampling occasions between April 1996 and February 1997. Phases of intensive growth, needle elongation and dormancy were apparent in the time series for the needle contents and activity concentration of {sup 137}Cs, both of which varied according to needle age class and tree species. The sequence of phases with a temporal fluctuation of needle contents, activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs and concentrations of K and carbon varied occasionally, and the efficiency of their translocation revealed some differences in the dynamics of {sup 137}Cs, K and carbon in spruce and pine. The data clearly showed that the needles' K contents responded strongly to changes in K demand from other parts of the tree due to seasonal changes and that these responses were stronger than the associated retranslocations of {sup 137}Cs, particularly in Scots pine. During intensive growth, K was less mobile than {sup 137}Cs in the needles. The uptake of {sup 137}Cs by current-year needles is simultaneously affected by uptake from the soil via the roots and retranslocation from other internal sources, and both of these processes affect the observed transfer rates during the growth period. Our results provided information on the transfer rates and revealed differentiation of root uptake and retranslocation of {sup 137}Cs in needles. The study can support dynamic modelling of atmospheric {sup 137}Cs contamination in forests. -- Highlights: Black

  2. Long term simulation of 137Cs radioactivity in the regional ocean following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident

    A series of accidents at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant following the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 resulted in the release of radioactive materials to the ocean by two major pathways, direct release from the accident site and atmospheric deposition. A regional-scale simulation of 137Cs activity in the ocean offshore of Fukushima was carried out, the sources of radioactivity being direct release, atmospheric deposition, and the inflow of 137Cs deposited on the ocean by atmospheric deposition outside the domain of the model for more than two years. Direct releases of 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs were estimated for 1 year after the accident by comparing simulated results and measured activities. The estimated total amounts of directly released 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs were 11.1±2.2 PBq, 3.5±0.7 PBq, and 3.6±0.7 PBq, respectively. The contributions of each source were estimated by analysis of 131I/137Cs and 134Cs/137Cs activity ratios and comparisons between simulated results and measured activities of 137Cs. Simulated 137Cs activities attributable to direct release were in good agreement with measured activities close to the accident site, a result that implies that the estimated direct release rate was reasonable, while simulated 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition were low compared to measured activities. The rate of atmospheric deposition onto the ocean was underestimated because of a lack of measurements of deposition onto the ocean when atmospheric deposition rates were being estimated. Measured 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition helped to improve the accuracy of simulated atmospheric deposition rates. Simulated 137Cs activities attributable to the inflow of 137Cs deposited onto the ocean outside the domain of the model were in good agreement with measured activities in the open ocean within the model domain after June 2012. The contribution of inflow increased with time and was dominant (more than 99

  3. Determination of 134Cs/137Cs activity in the shore sand and soil samples collected around Fukushima

    Fresh inventories of 137Cs in the ambient environment are of great interest due to its importance in dating the age of the sediment. During Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) nuclear accident there was a large amount of input of 137Cs in Pacific Ocean along the coast of Fukushima, Japan. During this work ratios of 134Cs and 137Cs were determined in shore sand samples along the coast of Fukushima. Determination of 134Cs and 137Cs was carried out using n-type detector having a relative efficiency of 50%. Activity ratios of 134Cs and 137Cs observed at various locations were in the range of 0.79-0.84 with an average value of 0.81 which was seen to be almost constant. (author)

  4. The influence of biotic and abiotic factors on (137)Cs accumulation in higher fungi after the accident at Chernobyl NPP.

    Zarubina, N

    2016-09-01

    Levels of soil contamination with (137)Cs, the belonging of fungi to a certain ecological group, the localization depth of the main part of mycelium in soil are the primary factors influencing the value of (137)Cs specific activity in higher fungi after the accident at Chernobyl NPP. It has been found that the value of (137)Cs specific activity in fungi of one species could vary by more than 10 times during a vegetation period. A correlation between the changes of (137)Cs content in fungi during the vegetation period and the amount of precipitates during various periods preceding the collection of samples has not been determined. An assumption has been proposed stating dependence between peculiarities of mycelium growth during the vegetation period and the changes of (137)Cs specific activity in fungi. PMID:26690320

  5. Transfer factor of 137Cs from soil to wheat grains and dosimetry around Narora Atomic Power Station, Narora, India

    This field study was undertaken to quantify the transfer factor of 137Cs from agricultural soil to wheat grains and ingestion dose evaluation around Narora Atomic Power Station, Narora, India from 2010 to 2012. 137Cs activity was measured using NaI (Tl) well type gamma-spectrometry system. Transfer factor of 137Cs from soil to wheat grain samples was in the range of 0.12-0.46. Annual ingestion dose to man from 137Cs activity was significantly lower than permissible limit (1.0 mSv year-1). The risk measured due to 137Cs is also insignificant to members of public residing around Narora Atomic Power Station, Narora, India. (author)

  6. Enviromental influences on the 137Cs kinetics of the yellow-bellied turtle (Trachemys Scripta)

    Assessments of ecological risk require accurate predictions of contaminant dynamics in natural populations. However, simple deterministic models that assume constant uptake rates and elimination fractions may compromise both their ecological realism and their general application to animals with variable metabolism or diets. In particular, the temperature-dependent model of metabolic rates characteristic of ectotherms may lead to significant differences between observed and predicted contaminant kinetics. We examined the influence of a seasonally variable thermal environment on predicting the uptake and annual cycling of contaminants by ectotherms, using a temperature-dependent model of 137Cs kinetics in free-living yellow-bellied turtles, Trachemys scripta. We compared predictions from this model with those of deterministics negative exponential and flexibly shaped Richards sigmoidal models. Concentrations of 137Cs in a population if this species in Pond B, a radionuclide-contaminated nuclear reactor cooling reservoir, and 137Cs uptake by the uncontaminated turtles held captive in Pond B for 4 yr confirmed both the pattern of uptake and the equilibrium concentrations predicted by the temperature-dependent model. Almost 90% of the variance on the predicted time-integrated 137Cs concentration was explainable by linear relationships with model paramaters. The model was also relatively insensitive to uncertainties in the estimates of ambient temperature, suggesting that adequate estimates of temperature-dependent ingestion and elimination may require relatively few measurements of ambient conditions at sites of interest. Analyses of Richards sigmoidal models of 137Cs uptake indicated significant differences from a negative exponential trajectory in the 1st yr after the turtles' release into Pond B. 76 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs

  7. A comparison of measured and calculated values of air kerma rates from 137Cs in soil

    V. P. Ramzaev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2010, a study was conducted to determine the air gamma dose rate from 137Cs deposited in soil. The gamma dose rate measurements and soil sampling were performed at 30 reference plots from the south-west districts of the Bryansk region (Russia that had been heavily contaminated as a result of the Chernobyl accident. The 137Cs inventory in the top 20 cm of soil ranged from 260 kBq m–2 to 2800 kBq m–2. Vertical distributions of 137Cs in soil cores (6 samples per a plot were determined after their sectioning into ten horizontal layers of 2 cm thickness. The vertical distributions of 137Cs in soil were employed to calculate air kerma rates, K, using two independent methods proposed by Saito and Jacob [Radiat. Prot. Dosimetry, 1995, Vol. 58, P. 29–45] and Golikov et al. [Contaminated Forests– Recent Developments in Risk Identification and Future Perspective. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. – P. 333–341]. A very good coincidence between the methods was observed (Spearman’s rank coefficient of correlation = 0.952; P<0.01; on average, a difference between the kerma rates calculated with two methods did not exceed 3%. The calculated air kerma rates agreed with the measured dose rates in air very well (Spearman’s coefficient of correlation = 0.952; P<0.01. For large grassland plots (n=19, the measured dose rates were on average 6% less than the calculated kerma rates. The tested methods for calculating the air dose rate from 137Cs in soil can be recommended for practical studies in radiology and radioecology. 

  8. Evaluation of the mobility of 137CS in soil profiles of the Pantanal region

    Radioactive pollutants can cause impact on the environmental quality of soils and represent a risk to human health. Radioecological studies have shown that soils with low pH, low organic matter content and low fertility are more vulnerable to contamination by 137Cs, since the transfer to plants is high. In this study, some surface horizons of soils from Jaraguari, situated at Brazilian Pantanal were assessed in order to map their vulnerability to contamination by 137Cs. It was also proposed some mitigation measures adapted to the regional scenario in order to optimize radiological protection for rural areas. A conceptual model established to detect the vulnerability of radioactively contaminated soils was applied for soils located in the municipality of Jaraguari (Mato Grosso do Sul). This conceptual model was established based on the relationship between reference values of the soil-to-plant transfer factor (TF) for 137Cs and critical pedological parameters for each radiovulnerability category (pH, CTC and exchangeable K). The application of this conceptual model to a soil data bank using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools generated vulnerability soils maps. This result identified that most of Pantanal soils presented very low radiovulnerability, but it was possible to detect some small areas presenting extreme radiovulnerability. It was possible to conclude that these small areas is not indicated for activities that presents a potential risk for 137Cs contamination and also it must receive priority actions for remediation in the case of accident, since a superficial contamination with 137Cs in these areas can lead to a contamination of subsoil and to a significant spread of contamination via groundwater. (author)

  9. Radiological map evolution in the treatment of 137Cs liquid wastes by a reverse osmosis plant

    As a result of an accidental 137Cs source melting in one of the furnaces of a stainless steel production company located in Spain, a part of the factory was radioactively contaminated. LAINSA (Logistica y Acondicionamientos Industriales S.A.) company took charge of the plant decontamination process, in which 40 m3, approximately, of 137Cs contaminated water with a mean activity of 300 kBq/L were generated. After some preliminary tests in which the efficiency of reverse osmosis (RO) process in the treatment of 137Cs contaminated effluent was proved, the radioactive liquid waste was treated by a reverse osmosis plant designed by the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), and built by LAINSA company. Membrane techniques (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis) have become common in the treatment of radioactive effluents having substitute conventional treatments such as evaporation and ionic exchange. The main advantages of membrane processes used for concentrating radioactive wastes are moderate operating conditions, simple apparatus, high decontamination factors and low energy consumption. The treatment was carried out by the research team UPV-LAINSA, and it consisted in the application of reverse osmosis (RO) process with the main objective of reducing the waste volume to be disposed, obtaining a treated liquid with an activity less than the legal discharge limit for 137Cs radioisotope (300 Bq/L). When working with radioactive effluents it is very important the radiological vigilance of working areas because it ensures that neither exposed personnel nor general public receive doses above established limits. Radiological vigilance consists in determining (continuously or periodically) radiation and contamination levels in working areas and even in those places where personnel can temporarily stand. The aim of this paper is to assess the evolution of radiation levels of the systems

  10. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific Walrus and Bearded Seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

    Hamilton, T F; Seagars, D J; Jokela, T; Layton, D

    2005-02-02

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea. The mean {sup 137}Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg{sup -1} (N= 5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg{sup -1} (N=2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, {sup 137}Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, {sup 210}Po activity concentrations appear to be higher than those reported elsewhere but a larger variation. The mean {sup 210}Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (N=5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg{sup -1}, respectively. This compares with {sup 210}Po concentration values (N=2, wet weight) of 27, 207, and 68 Bq kg{sup -1} measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated bioaccumulation factors--as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water--were two to three orders of magnitude higher for {sup 210}Po that those of {sup 137}Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of {sup 137}Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessing health risks to Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic.

  11. Soil erosion evaluation in a small basin through the use of 137Cs technique

    Soil erosion significantly affects the most productive lands in Argentina, particularly the region called 'Pampa Ondulada'. Quantification of the actual rates and patterns of soil loss is necessary for designing efficient degradation control strategies. The aim of this investigation was to gather using the 137Cs technique a reliable set of data of erosion and sedimentation rates, in order to describe the long-term erosive landscape dynamic in a 300 ha basin representative for the 'Pampa Ondulada' region of Argentina. The general topography of the basin is undulated with slopes gradients between 0 and 2.5% and slope lengths up to 800 m long. The main land use consisted in annual cropping under conventional tillage. For the soil erosion study in the basin the 137Cs technique was used, which is based on the comparison between the 137Cs inventories surveyed with a local reference 137Cs profile. The sampling strategy was based on a multiple transect approach. The estimated mean soil erosion rates obtained applying Mass Balance Model 2 for the studied hillslopes ranged between -11.5 and -36 t ha-1 per year and fitted the low and moderate erosion classes according to FAO. These values ranged beyond the admitted tolerance. Sedimentation was observed at the lower landscape positions probably related to changes from convex to concave slopes. The application of the 137Cs technique in the studied basin proved to be a useful and sensible tool for assessing erosion/deposition rates. In areas with low topographic gradients like the Pampa Ondulada region, the slope length appears to be an important property for predicting spatial patterns of erosion rates. (author)

  12. Study of calibration equations of 137Cs methodology for soil erosion determination

    Using the method of 137 Cs and gamma-ray spectrometry, soil samples of two plots erosion were studied at Londrina city. the soil class studied was a dystrophic dark red soil (LRd), with erosion indexes measured by Agronomic Institute of Parana State (IAPAR) using a conventional method, since 1976. Through the percentage reduction of 137 Cs related to the reference site, the soil losses were calculated using the proportional, mass balance and profile distribution models. Making the correlation between the 137 Cs concentrations and the erosion measured by IAPAR, two calibration equations were obtained and applied to the data set measured in the basin of the Unda river and compared to those models in the literature. As reference region, was chosen a natural forest located close to the plots. The average inventory of 137 Cs was 555± 16 Bq.m-2. The inventories of the erosion plots varied from 112 to 136 Bq.m-2 for samples collected until 30 cm depth. The erosion rates estimated by the models varied from 64 to 85 ton.ha-1.yr-1 for the proportional and profile distribution models, respectively, and 137 to 165 ton.ha-1 for the mass balance model, while the measured erosion obtained by IAPAR was 86 ton.ha-1.yr-1. From the two calibration equations obtained, the one that take into account the 137 Cs distribution with the soil profile was that showed the best consistence with the erosion rated for the basin of the Unda river (same soil class) in the range from 4 to 48 ton.ha-1.yr-1, while the proportional and profile distribution models applied rates from 7 to 45 ton.ha-1.yr-1 and 6 to 69 ton.ha-1.yr-1, respectively. (author)

  13. Evaluation of the mobility of {sup 137}CS in soil profiles of the Pantanal region

    Silva, Fernanda L. da; Ferreira, Ana C.M., E-mail: fleite@ird.gov.br, E-mail: anacris@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Wasserman, Maria Angelica V.; Lapa, Celso F., E-mail: lapa@ien.gov.br, E-mail: mwasserman@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Perez, Daniel Vidal; Rendeiro, Nilson, E-mail: chpd@cnps.embrapa.br, E-mail: nilson.rendeiro@embrapa.br [Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Solos; Picanco Junior, Pericles L., E-mail: pericles.picanco@gmail.com [Instituto BioAtlantica (IBIO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rochedo, Elaine R.R., E-mail: elainerochedo@gmail.com [Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear

    2013-07-01

    Radioactive pollutants can cause impact on the environmental quality of soils and represent a risk to human health. Radioecological studies have shown that soils with low pH, low organic matter content and low fertility are more vulnerable to contamination by {sup 137}Cs, since the transfer to plants is high. In this study, some surface horizons of soils from Jaraguari, situated at Brazilian Pantanal were assessed in order to map their vulnerability to contamination by {sup 137}Cs. It was also proposed some mitigation measures adapted to the regional scenario in order to optimize radiological protection for rural areas. A conceptual model established to detect the vulnerability of radioactively contaminated soils was applied for soils located in the municipality of Jaraguari (Mato Grosso do Sul). This conceptual model was established based on the relationship between reference values of the soil-to-plant transfer factor (TF) for {sup 137}Cs and critical pedological parameters for each radiovulnerability category (pH, CTC and exchangeable K). The application of this conceptual model to a soil data bank using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools generated vulnerability soils maps. This result identified that most of Pantanal soils presented very low radiovulnerability, but it was possible to detect some small areas presenting extreme radiovulnerability. It was possible to conclude that these small areas is not indicated for activities that presents a potential risk for {sup 137}Cs contamination and also it must receive priority actions for remediation in the case of accident, since a superficial contamination with {sup 137}Cs in these areas can lead to a contamination of subsoil and to a significant spread of contamination via groundwater. (author)

  14. Whole-body retention of 137Cs emitted in the environment

    Two methods of estimating environmental doses of 137Cs, which are absorbed by the whole Japanese population for a long period of time, are presented. One method (method I) is based on measurement data on whole-body retention of 137Cs in adult male populations aged 20 - 49 yr (population A); and another method (method II) is based on measurement of uptake values and metabolic models of 137Cs. The sum of environmental doses from 1964 to 1974 using method I was 6.1 x 105 man-rad. Furthermore, dose commitments from 1964 to 2000 were estimated to be 8.15 x 105 man-rad when the uptake tendency in the population A from 1968 to 1974 continues up to 2000 (Case I), and 1.2 x 106 man-rad when environmental doses from 1970 to 1974 are not changed up to 2000 (Case II). The measured uptake dose of 137Cs in the population A was approximately 1.4 times higher than the estimated dose when compared among the same age group. The sum of environmental doses from 1964 to 1974 using method II was 3.3 x 105 man-rad, and dose commitments from 1964 to 2000 was 5.2 x 105 man-rad in Case I and 7.4 x 105 man-rad in Case II. The environmental dose commitment of 137Cs from 1964 to 2000 was thus estimated to be approximately 1.2 x 106 man-rad, corresponding to approximately 60 % of annual environmental doses of naturally occurring 40K in the body. (Namekawa, K.)

  15. Accumulation of 137Cs in wetlands and their importance in radioecological risk assessments

    Wetlands function as nurseries and feeding areas for both terrestrial and aquatic species and are habitats for many endangered species such as frogs, salamanders and snakes. Wetlands alter the hydrology of streams and rivers, enhance sediment deposition and work as a filter to coastal waters retaining nutrients as well as contaminants. Due to the lack of easily identifiable direct pathways to humans wetland ecosystems have generally been neglected within radioecological research. There is a large diversity of wetlands and some of them can accumulate and function as sinks for radionuclides. In Sweden wetlands are among the ecosystems where the highest activity concentrations have accumulated after the Chernobyl accident. This paper summarizes factors that are important to the accumulation of radionuclides in wetlands. As an example, one wetland ecosystem in Sweden contaminated by 137Cs due to the Chernobyl accident will be described in more detail. The average activity concentration in this wetland is 1.1 MBq/m2, i.e. 10 times higher than in the surrounding areas. Soil and sediment samples were collected and the 137Cs activity concentrations were measured. A budget calculation of 137Cs in the wetland area was conducted, indicating that the accumulation of 137Cs is still ongoing seventeen years after the accident. High activity concentrations are likely to remain in this ecosystem for a long time, resulting in long-term exposure for organisms living there. The maximum external 137Cs dose rate to frogs was estimated to 96 mGy/year. Hence, identification and consideration of wetlands that accumulate radionuclides to a high extent are important in radioecological risk assessments for the protection of plants and animals from ionizing radiation. (author)

  16. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific walrus and bearded seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 (137Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 (210Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea during May 1996. The mean 137Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg-1 (n = 5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg-1 (n = 2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, 137Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, 210Po activity concentrations are more variable and appear to be higher level compared with mammal data from other regions. The mean 210Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (n = 5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg-1, respectively. This compares with 210Po concentration values (n = 2, wet weight) of 27, 207 and 68 Bq kg-1 measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated concentration factors-as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water-were two to three orders of magnitude higher for 210Po that those of 137Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of 137Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessment of risks of Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic

  17. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific Walrus and Bearded Seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 (137Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 (210Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea. The mean 137Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg-1 (N= 5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg-1 (N=2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, 137Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, 210Po activity concentrations appear to be higher than those reported elsewhere but a larger variation. The mean 210Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (N=5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg-1, respectively. This compares with 210Po concentration values (N=2, wet weight) of 27, 207, and 68 Bq kg-1 measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated bioaccumulation factors--as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water--were two to three orders of magnitude higher for 210Po that those of 137Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of 137Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessing health risks to Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic

  18. 3-D Modelling technique of time-series 137Cs concentration in coastal organisms in the case of short term introduction

    For the development of the modelling technique in predicting 137Cs concentrations in marine biota, temporal and space distribution of 137Cs concentrations in marine organisms are important especially in case of short-term introduction to coastal area. We developed a 3-dimensional model composed of nuclide transfer both from seawater and the food chain in an imaginary coastal area, expressing the temporal 137Cs concentrations in marine organisms accompanied with the habitat location. The result of simulation by 3-D model in the case of short term introduction exhibits the following information: 1) the introduced 137Cs in seawater is diluted and disappeared quickly by current advection and diffusion, while 137Cs in organisms slowly increased even after the seawater is cleaned, mainly from the contribution from 137Cs transfer through the food chain, 2) the 137Cs concentration peak in fish appears approximately 3 months later, and the concentration ratio (137Cs in organism / 137Cs in seawater) at that time is larger than the biological concentration factor (BCF) in equilibrium state. This result indicates that i) monitoring of 137Cs concentration in fish must be continued until 1 year after a 1 week acute input, and ii) the 137Cs increase in seawater may have occurred during the previous 3 months in the case that a higher 137Cs concentration ratio (organism / seawater) than 100 is observed in fish, because of the 137Cs memory effect of local food chain ecosystem. (author)

  19. {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K partitioning in the system soil-plant under different ecological conditions

    Luksiene, B. [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Lithuania); Marciulioniene, D. [Nature Research Centre (Lithuania)

    2014-07-01

    In the environment {sup 137}Cs is exclusively of the anthropogenic origin. Among different released fission radionuclides, {sup 137}Cs is the most significant one as it contributes to long-term doses to population. It belongs to the group of radionuclides which under accidental situations can disperse worldwide because of air mass transport. {sup 137}Cs deposition in the Lithuanian terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is basically related to the global fallout and contaminated air masses from the Chernobyl NPP accident. An extra load of {sup 137}Cs to the Lithuanian terrestrial ecosystems was determined after the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident as well. Over the recent decades evident changes in the approach to the radiation protection of non-human species from ionizing radiation have taken place. Furthermore, long-term predictions of the mobility and bioavailability of {sup 137}Cs are required because of its penetration into the food chain. {sup 40}K is a typical lithophilic element and its geochemistry could be similar to that of {sup 137}Cs because they both are of the same valence state, +1. Investigation results of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K behavior in the environmental systems in the literature are rather contradictory. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to assess {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K activity concentration in soil and various plants of a different root system and to compare bioavailability of these radionuclides under different environmental ecological conditions. {sup 137}Cs deposition distribution in the upper soil layer is different in the studied territory. The mean {sup 137}Cs activity concentrations in soil and plants in the post-Chernobyl period varied in a wide range. {sup 137}Cs activity concentrations in soil varied from about 30 Bq/kg to 340 Bq/kg, while in various plants and grasses the range was 45-119 Bq/kg. Mean values of the {sup 137}Cs transfer factor ranged from 0.1 to 1.4. The discrimination factor was determined to evaluate the

  20. Radiocaesium (137Cs) in marine mammals from Svalbard, the Barents Sea and the North Greenland Sea

    Specific activities of the anthropogenic radionuclide, 137Cs, were determined in marine mammals from Svalbard and the Barents and North Greenland Seas. Muscle samples were collected from 12 polar bears, 15 ringed seals, 10 hooded seals, 7 bearded seals, 14 harp seals, one walrus, one white whale and one blue whale in the period 2000-2003. The mean concentrations (± SD) of 137Cs were: 0.72 ± 0.62 Bq/kg wet weight (w.w.) for polar bears; 0.49 ± 0.07 Bq/kg w.w. for ringed seals; 0.25 ± 0.10 Bq/kg w.w. for hooded seals; 0.22 ± 0.11 Bq/kg w.w. for bearded seals; 0.36 ± 0.13 Bq/kg w.w. for harp seals; 0.67 Bq/kg w.w. for the white whale sample; 0.24 Bq/kg w.w. for the blue whale; and below detection limit for the walrus. Significant differences in 137Cs specific activities between some of the species were found. Ringed seals had higher specific activities than the other seal species in the study. Bearded seals and hooded seals had similar values, which were both significantly lower than the harp seal values. The results in the present study are consistent with previous reported results, indicating low specific activities of 137Cs in Arctic marine mammals in the Barents Sea and Greenland Sea region during the last 20 years. The species specific differences found may be explained by varying diet or movement and distribution patterns between species. No age related patterns were found in specific activities for the two species (polar bears and hooded seals) for which sufficient data was available. Concentration factors (CF) of 137Cs from seawater were determined for polar bears, ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals. Mean CF values ranged from 79 ± 32 (SD) for bearded seals sampled in 2002 to 244 ± 36 (SD) for ringed seals sampled in 2003 these CF values are higher than those reported for fish and benthic organisms in the literature, suggesting bioaccumulation of 137Cs in the marine ecosystem

  1. Radiocaesium (137Cs) in marine mammals from Svalbard, the Barents Sea and the North Greenland Sea.

    Andersen, Magnus; Gwynn, Justin P; Dowdall, Mark; Kovacs, Kit M; Lydersen, Christian

    2006-06-15

    Specific activities of the anthropogenic radionuclide, 137Cs, were determined in marine mammals from Svalbard and the Barents and North Greenland Seas. Muscle samples were collected from 12 polar bears, 15 ringed seals, 10 hooded seals, 7 bearded seals, 14 harp seals, one walrus, one white whale and one blue whale in the period 2000-2003. The mean concentrations (+/-SD) of 137Cs were: 0.72+/-0.62 Bq/kg wet weight (w.w.) for polar bears; 0.49+/-0.07 Bq/kg w.w. for ringed seals; 0.25+/-0.10 Bq/kg w.w. for hooded seals; 0.22+/-0.11 Bq/kg w.w. for bearded seals; 0.36+/-0.13 Bq/kg w.w. for harp seals; 0.67 Bq/kg w.w. for the white whale sample; 0.24 Bq/kg w.w. for the blue whale; and below detection limit for the walrus. Significant differences in 137Cs specific activities between some of the species were found. Ringed seals had higher specific activities than the other seal species in the study. Bearded seals and hooded seals had similar values, which were both significantly lower than the harp seal values. The results in the present study are consistent with previous reported results, indicating low specific activities of 137Cs in Arctic marine mammals in the Barents Sea and Greenland Sea region during the last 20 years. The species specific differences found may be explained by varying diet or movement and distribution patterns between species. No age related patterns were found in specific activities for the two species (polar bears and hooded seals) for which sufficient data was available. Concentration factors (CF) of 137Cs from seawater were determined for polar bears, ringed, bearded, harp and hooded seals. Mean CF values ranged from 79+/-32 (SD) for bearded seals sampled in 2002 to 244+/-36 (SD) for ringed seals sampled in 2003 these CF values are higher than those reported for fish and benthic organisms in the literature, suggesting bioaccumulation of 137Cs in the marine ecosystem. PMID:16154620

  2. Biogeochemical behaviour of 137Cs and 90Sr in the artificial reservoirs of Mayak PA, Russia

    Strand, P.; Brown, J.E.; Amundsen, I. [Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Grini naeringspark 13, P.O. Box 55, N-1332 Oesteraas (Norway); Drozhko, E.; Mokrov, Y. [Mayak Production Association, 31, Lenin St, 45065 Chelyabinsk-65 (Russian Federation); Salbu, B.; Oughton, D. [Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry, Agricultural University of Norway, N-1432 Aas (Norway); Christensen, G.C. [Institute for Energy Technology, Health and Safety Department, Institute for Energy Technology, P.O. Box 40, N-2007 Kjeller (Norway)

    1999-10-29

    The Mayak Production Association (PA) in the southern Urals, Russia was the site of the first weapons-grade plutonium production reactor complex in Russia. The site and surrounding area have been significantly contaminated by direct discharges of radionuclides for over 40 years, the Techa River alone having received more than 100 PBq of waste in the period 1949-1956. The aim of this study was to consider the levels of 90Sr and 137Cs in water, sediment and biota samples for two industrial reservoirs in the Mayak PA area, thus allowing a biogeochemical assessment of the behaviour of radionuclides in the system. Four sediment cores were collected and sectioned along with four water samples and seven fish samples (pike, perch and roach). Samples were analysed using (1) standard gamma-spectrometric techniques (HPGe and NaI(Tl) detectors) for 137Cs determination; and (2) radiochemical separation and beta-counting (low-background, anti-coincidence and Geiger-Muller counters) for 90Sr determination. Maximum specific activities (dry weight) of 3350 kBq kg{sup -1} {sup 137}Cs and 720 kBq kg{sup -1} {sup 90}Sr were measured in sediments from Reservoir 10. Activity levels of sediment-bound radionuclides in Reservoir 11 were 403 kBq kg{sup -1} {sup 137}Cs and 670 kBq kg{sup -1} {sup 90}Sr. Water concentrations in Reservoir 10 were as high as 100 Bq l{sup -1} {sup 137}Cs and 8.4-14 kBq l{sup -1} {sup 90}Sr. A dramatic decrease in 137Cs concentrations was observed in Reservoir 11, i.e. 1.1-1.5 Bq l{sup -1}, but 90Sr levels fell to a lesser extent, i.e. 1.9-2.4 kBq l{sup -1}. Sediment and water activity data allowed the calculation of distribution coefficients (K{sub d} values). This parameter fluctuated for both radionuclides reflecting the heterogeneous nature of the sediment deposits in the reservoirs. Caesium-137 Concentration Factors (CFs) as high as 1400 l kg{sup -1} were calculated for pike from Reservoir 10. A pronounced 'trophic level' effect was evident in

  3. Radioactivity in {sup 137}Cs of the French terrestrial environment: interpretation of OPERA data acquired between 1993 and 2004; Radioactivite en {sup 137}Cs de l'environnement terrestre francais. Interpretation des donnees OPERA acquises de 1993 a 2004

    Roussel-Debet, S.; Masson, O.; Salaun, G.

    2005-07-01

    After having indicated the implemented equipment and methods (location of sampling stations, general presentation of results in terms of {sup 137}Cs activity measurement, of {sup 134}Cs activity, and of isotopic {sup 137}Cs /{sup 134}Cs rate), this report presents, analyses and comments detailed measurements performed by the OPERA (Permanent Observatory of Radioactivity) between 1993 and 2004 of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 134}Cs activity in soils, grass, salads, thyme, mushrooms, cow milk, cow cheese, goat milk, goat cheese, and meat (beef muscle)

  4. Association of fallout-derived 137Cs,90Sr and 239,240Pu with natural organic substances in soils

    Activity concentrations and associations of fallout-derived Cs, Sr and Pu in soils were investigated. The activity concentrations of 137Cs, 90Sr and 239,240Pu in volcanic ash soil were much higher than those in granite soil. They decreased with increasing depth in the soil. The activity ratios of 239,240Pu/137Cs and 90Sr/137Cs tended to increase slightly with increasing soil depth. Alkali extraction experiments with 0.1 M NaOH solution showed that the percentage activities of the fallout radionuclides found in the organic acid fractions were in the order 239,240Pu>90Sr>137Cs. The concentrations of 137Cs and 239,240Pu reacted with humic fractions were higher than those with fulvic fractions. In contrast to 137Cs and 239,240Pu,90Sr reacted more with fulvic fractions than with humic fractions. These results provide information about the effects of organic substances on the retention and migration of 137Cs,90Sr and 239,240Pu in soils under natural conditions

  5. Residence half-time of 137Cs in the top-soils of Japanese paddy and upland fields

    A series of top-soil samples of 14 paddy fields and 10 upland fields in Japan, were annually collected during more than 30 years, to be examined in the contents of 137Cs. The data, which were obtained by the use of a gamma spectrometric system, received some statistical treatments to distinguish the annual decline of 137Cs contents from deviations. Then the authors calculated 'residence half-time of 137Cs' within top-soil, and 'eluviation rate of 137Cs' from top to the sub-layer of the soil. The following nationwide results were obtained irrespective of paddy or upland field: (1) The 'apparent residence half-time' was estimated as 16 - 17 years. This consists of both effects of eluviation and nuclear disintegration. (2) The true residence half-time' was reported as 41 - 42 years. This depends on the eluviation speed of 137Cs exclusively, because the influence of nuclear disintegration has been compensated. (3) The eluviation rate of 137Cs from top-soil down to the sub-soil was 1.6 - 1.7% per year. (4) The ratio of distribution of 137Cs between top-soil and the sub-soil was estimated to be 6:4 as average at the date of 1996. (author)

  6. Residence half-time of {sup 137}Cs in the top-soils of Japanese paddy and upland fields

    Komamura, Misako [National Inst. of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Tsumura, Akito; Kodaira, Kiyoshi

    1999-03-01

    A series of top-soil samples of 14 paddy fields and 10 upland fields in Japan, were annually collected during more than 30 years, to be examined in the contents of {sup 137}Cs. The data, which were obtained by the use of a gamma spectrometric system, received some statistical treatments to distinguish the annual decline of {sup 137}Cs contents from deviations. Then the authors calculated `residence half-time of {sup 137}Cs` within top-soil, and `eluviation rate of {sup 137}Cs` from top to the sub-layer of the soil. The following nationwide results were obtained irrespective of paddy or upland field: (1) The `apparent residence half-time` was estimated as 16 - 17 years. This consists of both effects of eluviation and nuclear disintegration. (2) The true residence half-time` was reported as 41 - 42 years. This depends on the eluviation speed of {sup 137}Cs exclusively, because the influence of nuclear disintegration has been compensated. (3) The eluviation rate of {sup 137}Cs from top-soil down to the sub-soil was 1.6 - 1.7% per year. (4) The ratio of distribution of {sup 137}Cs between top-soil and the sub-soil was estimated to be 6:4 as average at the date of 1996. (author)

  7. Radioactivity in the Exclusive Economic Zone of east coast Peninsular Malaysia. Distribution trends of 137Cs in surface seawater

    Large volumes of surface seawater samples were collected from thirty locations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the east coast Peninsular Malaysia on June 2008 to study the activity concentrations of 137Cs. The results will serve as additional information to the existing baseline data and is very useful for monitoring fresh input of anthropogenic radionuclide into Malaysian marine environment. In this study, the activity concentrations of 137Cs were determined using co-precipitation technique, followed by Gamma Spectrometry measurement. The mean activity concentration of 137Cs ranged between 3.40 and 5.89 Bq/m3. Higher activity concentrations were observed at the coastal and towards the south of Peninsular Malaysia and were aligned with the high turbidity. These may due to the rapid diffusion of 137Cs from suspended particulates and fine sediments into surface seawater. The activity concentrations of 137Cs observed in this study were slightly higher than the concentrations reported in seawater at the Straits of Malacca, Vietnam and Philippines. This might be because the study area received more input of 137Cs that originated from global fallout and then deposited on land which later being transported subsequently into the coastal zone due to siltation and erosion processes. It could also be attributed to the intrusion of river waters containing higher concentrations of 137Cs. (author)

  8. Modeling (137)Cs bioaccumulation in the salmon-resident killer whale food web of the Northeastern Pacific following the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

    Alava, Juan José; Gobas, Frank A P C

    2016-02-15

    To track the long term bioaccumulation of (137)Cs in marine organisms off the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada, we developed a time dependent bioaccumulation model for (137)Cs in a marine mammalian food web that included fish-eating resident killer whales. The model outcomes show that (137)Cs can be expected to gradually bioaccumulate in the food web over time as demonstrated by the increase of the apparent trophic magnification factor of (137)Cs, ranging from 0.76 after 1 month of exposure to 2.0 following 30 years of exposure. (137)Cs bioaccumulation is driven by relatively rapid dietary uptake rates, moderate depuration rates in lower trophic level organisms and slow elimination rates in high trophic level organisms. Model estimates of the (137)Cs activity in species of the food web, based on current measurements and forecasts of (137)Cs activities in oceanic waters and sediments off the Canadian Pacific Northwest, indicate that the long term (137)Cs activities in fish species including Pacific herring, wild Pacific salmon, sablefish and halibut will remain well below the current (137)Cs-Canada Action Level for consumption (1000 Bq/kg) following a nuclear emergency. Killer whales and Pacific salmon are expected to exhibit the largest long term (137)Cs activities and may be good sentinels for monitoring (137)Cs in the region. Assessment of the long term consequences of (137)Cs releases from the Fukushima aftermath should consider the extent of ecological magnification in addition to ocean dilution. PMID:26657356

  9. Ecological half-times of 137Cs and 90Sr in dairy milk in regions with different soil types

    Long-lived radionuclides 137Cs and 90Sr have been regularly monitored since the 1960's in dairy milk in Finland. The aim of this work was to study regional differences in long-term behaviour of 137Cs and 90Sr in dairy milk including the nuclear weapons tests period and the period after the Chernobyl fallout. In the milk production areas soil types vary from clayish to organic soils. Although total 137Cs deposition from nuclear weapon testings was about the same in all regions, 137Cs concentrations in dairy milk during the 1960's ranged between 5 and 35 Bq/l being highest in regions with high proportion of peat soils. The uneven deposition after the Chernobyl accident before the start of the growing season gave rise to 137Cs concentrations in dairy milk ranging from 3 Bq/l to 60 Bq/l. The ecological half-times were estimated for the decrease of 137Cs and 90Sr after the end of nuclear weapon tests period and the Chernobyl fallout for short and longer time intervals. In the milk production areas dominated by organic soils the ecological half-times for decrease of 137Cs were twice as long as in the regions with clayish soils. Half-times of 90Sr for longer time intervals were considerably longer than those for 137Cs. This long-term data on behaviour of 137Cs and 90Sr in dairy milk can be utilized in testing food chain models. The incorporation of region specific parameters in models will enhance their usefulness in case of a nuclear accident. (author)

  10. Concentrations of 137Cs and 40K in wild mushrooms collected in a forest on Noto Peninsula, Japan

    A variety of wild mushrooms were collected in a forest on the Noto Peninsula, Japan, to determine the concentration of 137Cs and 40K. The wild mushroom species belong to the orders Agaricales and Aphyllophorales. The concentration of 137Cs varied widely (1.4-4,100 Bq/kg dry weight) in mushrooms growing in soil. On the contrary, 137Cs concentration levels were relatively low (1.9-20 Bq/kg-dry weight) in mushrooms growing on wood. The concentration of 40K varied widely (12-2,400 Bq/kg-dry weight) in contrast with several previous reports that suggest relatively constant 40K levels in mushrooms. Unusually low concentrations of 40K were observed in a few mushroom species that had very hard fruiting bodies with peculiar shapes. The mean and median of 137Cs concentration in the present study were similar to those previously reported for Japanese mushrooms. Among the Agaricales mushrooms, Entolomataceae and Tricholomataceae families growing in soil had the highest concentration of 137Cs. Among the Aphyllophorales mushrooms, Gomphaceae and Ramariaceae families growing in soil also had the highest 137Cs concentrations. The concentrations of 137Cs and stable Cs in mushroom samples were positively correlated. The concentration ratio of 137Cs/Cs differed between Agaricales and Aphyllophorales mushrooms. The average 137Cs/Cs ratio in mushrooms growing in soil was similar to that calculated for the top soil (<5 cm deep) alone because the mycelia of the mushrooms were mainly distributed near the surface of the soil. (author)

  11. 137Cs budget during the period of 1960s in a small drainage basin on the Loess Plateau of China

    A sediment profile with a thickness of 28.12 m in a failed reservoir in a small catchment of the Yuntaishan Gully in the Loess Plateau of China consisted of 44 flood couplets deposited during the period from 1960 to 1970 with total volume of 2.36 x 106 m3. Specific sediment yields for a flood event varied from 300 t km-2 to 14,400 t km-2 and annual sediment yields varied from 2500 t km-2 in 1966 to 40,000 t km-2 in 1964 with a mean value of 12,700 t km-2 a-1 for the period. Average annual 137Cs concentrations of the sediments increased from 0.92 Bq kg-1 in 1960 to 4.82 Bq kg-1 in 1963, then decreased to 1.53 Bq kg-1 in 1970. The total 137Cs activity in the reservoir sediments was 9.22 x 109 Bq, which accounted for 31.9% of the total 137Cs fallout precipitation of 2.89 x 101 Bq within the catchment during the period. The proportion of the 137Cs loss from the catchment to the 137Cs fallout precipitation within the catchment in a year varied between 8.01% and 66.8%, and it was 20.9% for the peak 137Cs deposition year of 1963 and 52.0% in 1964. By analysis of the 137Cs budget in the catchment for the 137Cs peak precipitation period from 1962 to 1964, the 137Cs surface enrichment coefficient Γ should be much less than 0.23. And for calculation of soil losses on the cultivated land in the inter-gully area by using the Mass Balance Model II, the value of Γ should be 0.05-0.1

  12. Variation of 14C, 137Cs and stable carbon composition in forest soil and its implications

    In Japan, about 70% of land area is covered by forest. Therefore, forest ecosystem plays a vital role in ultimate fate of radionuclides and carbon cycle in terrestrial environment. Three undisturbed forest soil profiles were collected from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The 137Cs data illustrate that maximum fallout deposition of 137Cs took place around 1964. 14C determination shows that 14C also has peak values in the top 10 cm of the soil profiles ascribed to the highest bomb 14C level in 1960's. The 13C data show that the turnover dynamics of soil organic carbon could be described very well by progressive enrichment values of δ13C. (author)

  13. Bioaccumulation of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 57}Co by five marine phytoplankton species

    Heldal, H.E. E-mail: hilde.elise.heldal@imr.no; Stupakoff, I.; Fisher, N.S

    2001-07-01

    Under controlled laboratory conditions, we have examined the bioaccumulation of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 57}Co in three prymnesiophytes, the coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi and the non-calcareous species Isochrysis galbana and Phaeocystis globosa, and two diatoms Skeletonema costatum and Thalassiosira pseudonana. We measured the uptake in growing and non-growing cells and determined concentration factors on both volume and dry weight bases. For uptake of {sup 57}Co in non-growing cells, volume concentration factors (VCF) at equilibrium ranged from 0.2x10{sup 3} for E. huxleyi to 4x10{sup 3} for T. pseudonana. For uptake of {sup 137}Cs in non-growing cells, the VCFs were low for all species and the uptake pattern seemed unsystematic. The results suggest that, in contrast to Co, the cycling and bioaccumulation of Cs in marine animals are unlikely to be affected by Cs accumulation in primary producers.

  14. Evaluation of 137Cs internal contamination in children by means of whole body counter measurements

    Two series of internal contamination measurements were performed on children from Byelorussia by means of whole body and urine counting. The body contamination was related to 134Cs and 137Cs emitted in the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station on April 26, 1986. The data have been analysed in order to have an experimental estimation of the caesium metabolic parameters and make a comparison with those indicated in ICRP 56, point out the effect of sex and age in relation to 137Cs body activity and half-time of caesium long term retention fraction and obtain indications concerning the statistical distributions of internal contamination in children of both sexes living in different areas of Byelorussia. (author)

  15. Distribution of /sup 137/Cs in surface intertidal sediments from the Solway Firth

    Jones, D.G.; Miller, J.M.; Roberts, P.D. (Institute of Geological Sciences, Keyworth (UK))

    1984-05-01

    The distribution of /sup 137/Cs from the Sellafield (Windscale) nuclear fuel reprocessing plant has been examined in detail in the surface intertidal sediments of the inner Solway Firth by means of a hovercraft-borne radiometric survey. With the exception of a belt of relatively active sands to the south of Silloth, caesium distribution is generally consistent with that of fine-grained sediment such that the highest concentrations occur in mud flat and salt marsh sediments which are most extensive in sheltered coastal embayments. /sup 137/Cs activities in July 1980 were typically 2 to 30 pCi g/sup -1/ but locally exceeded 50 pCi g/sup -1/. These levels are considerably lower than those recorded in locations, such as the outer Solway and Ravenglass estuary, which are closer to the Sellafield outfall.

  16. Ecological half-life of {sup 137}Cs in lichens in an alpine region

    Machart, Peter [Division of Physics and Biophysics, Department of Materials Engineering and Physics, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg (Austria); Hofmann, Werner [Division of Physics and Biophysics, Department of Materials Engineering and Physics, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg (Austria)], E-mail: Werner.Hofmann@sbg.ac.at; Tuerk, Roman [Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg (Austria); Steger, Ferdinand [Austrian Research Centers, 2444 Seibersdorf (Austria)

    2007-09-15

    About 17 years after the Chernobyl accident, lichen samples were collected in an alpine region in Austria (Bad Gastein), which was heavily contaminated by the Chernobyl fallout. Measured {sup 137}Cs activity concentrations in selected lichens (Cetraria islandica, Cetraria cucullata, and Cladonia arbuscula) ranged from 100 to 1100 Bq kg{sup -1} dry weight, depending on lichen species and sampling site. Ecological half-lives for {sup 137}Cs in different lichen samples, obtained by comparison with earlier measurements of the same lichen species at the same site, ranged from 2 to 6 years, with average values between 3 and 4 years. Comparison with earlier studies indicated that ecological half-lives hardly changed during the last 10 years, suggesting that ecological clearance mechanisms (e.g. washout or soil transfer) did not vary substantially at the selected sampling area.

  17. The distribution of 137Cs in surface intertidal sediments from the Solway Firth

    The distribution of 137Cs from the Sellafield (Windscale) nuclear fuel reprocessing plant has been examined in detail in the surface intertidal sediments of the inner Solway Firth by means of a hovercraft-borne radiometric survey. With the exception of a belt of relatively active sands to the south of Silloth, caesium distribution is generally consistent with that of fine-grained sediment such that the highest concentrations occur in mud flat and salt marsh sediments which are most extensive in sheltered coastal embayments. 137Cs activities in July 1980 were typically 2 to 30 pCi g-1 but locally exceeded 50 pCi g-1. These levels are considerably lower than those recorded in locations, such as the outer Solway and Ravenglass estuary, which are closer to the Sellafield outfall. (author)

  18. Microbial transmutation of 137Cs and LENR in growing biological systems

    This article presents the results of long-term investigations of stable and radioactive isotopes transmutation in growing microbiological cultures. It is shown that transmutation during growth of microbiological associations is 20 times more effective than the same process in the form of 'clean' microbiological culture. In this work, the process of controlled decontamination of highly active reactor isotopes (reactor waste) through the process of growing microbiological associations has been studied. The most rapidly increasing decay rate of 137Cs isotope, which occurred with the 'effective' half life τ* ≈ 310 days (involving an increase in rate and decrease in half life by a factor of 35) was observed in the presence of Ca salt in closed flask with active water containing 137Cs solution and optimal microbiological association. (author)

  19. Natural gamma radioactivity and of 137 Cs in soil of the Chimaltitan municipality, Jalisco, Mexico

    With the purpose of determining the activity due to the natural presence of the 226 Ra, 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs in soil samples, of the municipality of Chimaltitan Jalisco. A set of these samples was measured in a gamma ray spectrometric system based on a High-purity Germanium detector. It is well-known that approximately 87% of the dose of the received radiation by the population is due to sources of natural radiation and 13% of the anthropogenic radiation. The gamma radiation comes mainly from the 40 K and of those radionuclides of the series of radioactive decay of 238 U and 232 Th that its find dispersed thoroughly in the terrestrial crust. In this work its were analyzed twenty-two soil samples. It is enlarged the activity characterization for the radioisotopes of 226 Ra 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs. (Author)

  20. Sorption recovery of 137Cs and 90Sr with carbonate-containing natural mineral tripolite

    Sorption characteristics of a carbonate-containing mineral (tripolite) were studied on model aqueous solutions and real waste water in a wide range of pH in the presence of isotopic and nonisotopic carriers and organic impurities. Sorption of 137Cs and 90Sr is adequately described by a power function. Analysis of 137Cs sorption isotherms suggests that radiocesium is adsorbed by ion-exchange mechanism, during which Cs+ ions from the solution exchange mainly with bivalent ions of the sorbent, whereas in 90Sr sorption trivalent ions of the sorbent also participate in the process. Saturation capacity of tripolite with respect to cesium and strontium was evaluated to be 0.3 and 1.0 mg-equiv./g respectively

  1. Accumulation of 137Cs in commercial fish of the Belyarsk nuclear power station cooling supply

    Results are presented of a comparative study of the accumulation of 137Cs in basic species of commercial fish of the Beloyarsk reservoir which is used as the cooling supply for the Beloyarsk nuclear power station. Possible reasons for interspecies differences in accumulation of the radionuclide are indicated, and the increased accumulation of 137Cs by free-living fish in the zone of heated water effluent from the station and the reduced accumulation of the emitter in carp, which are cultivated on artificial food in cages, are noted. Levels of the content of the radionuclide are compared in roach and farm carp from the cooling supplies of the Beloyarsk station and the Reftinsk power plant in the Urals

  2. {sup 137}Cs content in the fruit bodies of various Tuber species

    Lorenzelli, R.; Lamma, A. [ENEA AMB-SAF, Brasimone (Italy); Zambonelli, A. [Universita di Bologna (Italy); Serra, F. [ENEA AMB-BIO, Brasimone (Italy)

    1996-12-01

    In this research, the concentration of {sup 137}Cs in the fruit bodies of the Tuber species T. magnatum Pico, T. borchii Vitt., T. aestivum Vitt., and T. excavatum Vitt. collected in three different regions of Italy was determined. The values obtained have been compared to the soil concentration of {sup 137}Cs, and the transfer factor was determined. The radiocesium content of the examined fruit bodies ranged from 2.5 Bq kg{sup {minus}1} to 33.3 Bq kg{sup {minus}1} fresh weight; the median transfer factor values of the four species ranged between 0.06 and 0.6. Our findings indicate that the radiocesium level in truffles from these regions of Italy is generally low, and, thus, their consumption is not of radiological concern. The results may suggest certain hypotheses as to the mechanisms involved in radiocesium uptake in these fungi. 19 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  3. Activity concentrations of 137Cs and 40K in mosses from spas in Eastern Serbia

    With the aim of detecting the presence of radionuclides in moss samples in eastern Serbia, 129 samples of mosses were collected from 2000 to 2010 in the region of the spas: Sokobanja, Banja Jošanica and Gamzigradska banja. The data obtained show that 137Cs was present in all of the 129 samples from 3 sampling areas and 15 sampling localities and in 20 moss taxa. This indicates that pollution with this radionuclide resulting from the Chernobyl accident still exists. Changes in the average activity concentrations of 40K are within measurement error limits, while for 137Cs changes in the average activity concentrations are more noticeable, i.e. they have decreased with tim

  4. Airborne fallout mapping of {sup 137}Cs - STUK/HUT team

    Nikkinen, M.; Aarnio, P. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Espoo (Finland); Honkamaa, T.; Tiilikainen, H. [Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, Helsinki (Finland)

    1997-12-31

    The task of the team was to create a fallout map of {sup 137}Cs on a specified area in Padasjoki Auttoinen village. The team used AB-420 helicopter of the Finnish Frontier Guard. The team had two measuring systems: HPGe system (relative efficiency 18%) and NaI system (5`x5`). Both systems produced similar maps. The average {sup 137}Cs fallout within the area (lakes and ponds included) was 88 kBq m{sup -2,} the maximum value being 161 kBq m{sup -2}. In an emergency the HPGe is superior to NaI because of its better energy resolution, giving possibility to obtain nuclide-specific results. (au).

  5. Estimating the erosion and deposition rates in a small watershed by the 137Cs tracing method

    Understanding the erosion and deposition rates in a small watershed is important for designing soil and water conservation measures. The objective of this study is to estimate the net soil loss and gain at points with various land use types and landform positions in a small watershed in the Sichuan Hilly Basin of China by the 137Cs tracing technique. Among various land use types, the order of erosion rate was bare rock > sloping cultivated land > forest land. The paddy field and Caotu (a kind of cultivated land located at the foot of hills) were depositional areas. The erosion rate under different landform was in this order: hillside > saddle > hilltop. The footslope and the valley were depositional areas. The 137Cs technique was shown to provide an effective means of documenting the spatial distribution of soil erosion and deposition within the small watershed

  6. Determination of 40K and 137Cs concentration in selected honey samples

    Seventeen honey samples collected at different sites during 1992 have been measured using the method of γ-spectroscopy. Measurements were performed by a low background high purity germanium spectrometer of a relative efficiency of 14.5% and an energy resolution of 1.7.keV. Using natural γ-ray sources to determine efficiency, it has been shown that out of 17 samples of natural honey only two (of meadow type) have specific activity of 137Cs greater than 0.5 Bq kg-1. The remaining samples have the same 137Cs concentrations as before May, 1986. Predominant activity in all samples comes from the 40K radionuclide, indicating natural honey. (author) 5 refs.; 1 tab

  7. Modelling the Long Term Leaching Behaviour of 137CS from Different Stabilized Waste Matrices

    Leaching characteristics of ''1''3''7Cs from immobilized waste matrices in different cement-based grouts have been assessed to investigate the influence of the additives on the leaching behavior of the solid waste matrices. The International Atomic Energy's Agency (IAEA) standard leach method has been employed to study the leach pattern of 137Cs radionuclide from the immobilized waste form. The examination of the leaching data revealed that clay additives reduces the leach rate for the studied radionuclide. The controlling leaching mechanism has been studied and the transport parameters were calculated for all studied waste matrices. Simplified analytical models have been derived to predict the Cumulative Leach Fraction (CLF) of radionuclides over the studied experimental period. These simplified research models could be used as a screening tool to assess the performance of the waste matrix under repository conditions. (author)

  8. Cleanup techniques for Finnish urban environments and external doses from {sup 137}Cs - modelling and calculations

    Moring, M.; Markkula, M.L.

    1997-03-01

    The external doses under various radioactive deposition conditions are assessed and the efficiencies of some simple decontamination techniques (grass cutting, vacuum sweeping, hosing of paved surfaces and roofs, and felling trees) are compared in the study. The present model has been constructed for the Finnish conditions and housing areas, using {sup 137}Cs transfer data from the Nordic and Central European studies and models. The compartment model concerns behaviour and decontamination of {sup 137}Cs in the urban environment under summer conditions. Doses to man have been calculated for wet (light rain) and dry deposition in four typical Finnish building areas: single-family wooden houses, brick terraced-houses, blocks of flats and urban office buildings. (26 refs.).

  9. 137Cs transfer for forage to milk and its removal by clay treatment

    Since Apr 29, 1986, the radioactive contamination resulting from the accident of the Chernobyl reactor was measured in various kinds of matrixes, primarily in Northern Italy. Transfer kinetics of 137Cs from forage of known activity to milk was studied over a period of one year and the body Cs absorption was evaluated by measuring the percentages of Cs eliminated with milk as well as with urine and feces. Further, the decay rate of 137Cs in milk was assessed and the results of the kinetic analysis are reported. The efficiacy of various clay materials in removing Cs from milk was also evaluated. The results of adsorption kinetics for the grey clay which resulted the most effective material are reported. (author) 3 refs.; 5 figs

  10. 137Cs content in the fruit bodies of various Tuber species

    In this research, the concentration of 137Cs in the fruit bodies of the Tuber species T. magnatum Pico, T. borchii Vitt., T. aestivum Vitt., and T. excavatum Vitt. collected in three different regions of Italy was determined. The values obtained have been compared to the soil concentration of 137Cs, and the transfer factor was determined. The radiocesium content of the examined fruit bodies ranged from 2.5 Bq kg-1 to 33.3 Bq kg-1 fresh weight; the median transfer factor values of the four species ranged between 0.06 and 0.6. Our findings indicate that the radiocesium level in truffles from these regions of Italy is generally low, and, thus, their consumption is not of radiological concern. The results may suggest certain hypotheses as to the mechanisms involved in radiocesium uptake in these fungi. 19 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs

  11. Cleanup techniques for Finnish urban environments and external doses from 137Cs - modelling and calculations

    The external doses under various radioactive deposition conditions are assessed and the efficiencies of some simple decontamination techniques (grass cutting, vacuum sweeping, hosing of paved surfaces and roofs, and felling trees) are compared in the study. The present model has been constructed for the Finnish conditions and housing areas, using 137Cs transfer data from the Nordic and Central European studies and models. The compartment model concerns behaviour and decontamination of 137Cs in the urban environment under summer conditions. Doses to man have been calculated for wet (light rain) and dry deposition in four typical Finnish building areas: single-family wooden houses, brick terraced-houses, blocks of flats and urban office buildings. (26 refs.)

  12. Modelling integrated transfer of 137Cs to cows milk in the Faroe Islands, Norway and Sweden

    Integrated transfer coefficients of 137Cs from wet deposition to cow's milk from selected sites in Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands were estimated using the UNSCEAR model. The integrated transfer coefficients were found to be higher at the Faroese sites than at the Norwegian and Swedish sites, indicating relatively high individual doses from ingestion of milk in the Faroe Islands. The integrated transfer coefficients of 137Cs to cow milk in the Faroe Islands are also high compared to other countries. The ITC's are found to vary also within small geographical areas. They vary with a factor of two between the Faroese sites. The reason for this may partly be due to differences in the soil characteristics at the localities. This could, however, not be tested in the present study because of lack of data. (au)

  13. Hindcast of 137Cs in the North Pacific Ocean from 1945 to 2013 by eddy-resolving ROMS

    Tsubono, Takaki; Misumi, Kazuhiro; Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Hirose, Katsumi

    2014-05-01

    We conducted the hindcast of 137Cs activity in the North Pacific Ocean from 1945 to 2013, before and after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F NPP) accident. We used the Regional Ocean Model System (ROMS) with high resolution (1/12°-1/4° in horizontal, 45 levels in vertical), of which domain was the North Pacific Ocean. This model employed the CORE normal year forcing data for a driving forcing and the 50 years averaged SODA data for boundary conditions. The reconstructed global fallout due to atmospheric nuclear weapons' tests and Chernobyl accident was employed for atmospheric input flux of 137Cs from 1945 to 2013. After the accident, the atmospheric deposition and direct release of 137Cs from 1F NPP were also employed for input condition. Five ensemble calculations of 137Cs activity were conducted by moving the start period of the input flux for one year. The simulated vertical distributions of 137Cs activity along 165°E represented the overall patterns of the observed 137Cs activity before (in 2002) and after (in 2012) the accident, in particular the high activity core of the 137Cs around North Pacific Subtropical Mode Water and Central Mode Water, indicating that this model can represent the subduction process and formation of the Mode Waters. The simulated 137Cs activity in the surface ranged from 0.75 to 2.Bq m-3 in the north of Kuroshio Extension in 2011 before the accident. The main body of high 137Cs activity water from 1F NPP was transported in the northern part of Kuroshio Extension after the accident. In Sep. 2012, 18 months after the accident, the main body of high 137Cs activity water (≥ 10 Bq m-3) was located at around 40°N, 150°E-160°W. The water over 10 Bq m-3 of 137Cs activity was not detected in surface layer, but in the layer of σθ=25.8-26.2 at two small areas (44°N, 180°W-165°W and 48°N, 160°W-140°W). This model simulation suggests that the main body of high 137Cs activity water from 1F NPP has never reached the

  14. The effective and environmental half-life of 137Cs at Coral Islands at the former US nuclear test site

    The United States (US) conducted nuclear weapons testing from 1946 to 1958 at Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Based on previous detailed dose assessments for Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap, and Utirik Atolls over a period of 28 years, cesium-137 (137Cs) at Bikini Atoll contributes about 85-89% of the total estimated dose through the terrestrial food chain as a result of uptake of 137Cs by food crops. The estimated integral 30, 50, and 70-year doses were based on the radiological decay of 137Cs (30-year half-life) and other radionuclides. However, there is a continuing inventory of 137Cs and 90Sr in the fresh water portion of the groundwater at all contaminated atolls even though the turnover rate of the fresh groundwater is about 5 years. This is evidence that a portion of the soluble fraction of 137Cs and 90Sr inventory in the soil is lost by transport to groundwater when rainfall is heavy enough to cause recharge of the lens, resulting in loss of 137Cs from the soil column and root zone of the plants. This loss is in addition to that caused by radioactive decay. The effective rate of loss was determined by two methods: (1) indirectly, from time-dependent studies of the 137Cs concentration in leaves of Pisonia grandis, Guettarda specosia, Tournefortia argentea (also called Messerschmidia), Scaevola taccada, and fruit from Pandanus and coconut trees (Cocos nucifera L.), and (2) more directly, by evaluating the 137Cs/90Sr ratios at Bikini Atoll. The mean (and its lower and upper 95% confidence limits) for effective half-life and for environmental-loss half-life (ELH) based on all the trees studied on Rongelap, Bikini, and Enewetak Atolls are 8.5 years (8.0 years, 9.8 years), and 12 years (11 years, 15 years), respectively. The ELH based on the 137Cs/90Sr ratios in soil in 1987 relative to the137Cs/90Sr ratios at the time of deposition in 1954 is less than 17 years. The magnitude of the decrease below 17 years depends on the ELH for 90Sr that

  15. The effective and environmental half-life of 137Cs at Coral Islands at the former US nuclear test site.

    Robison, William L; Conrado, Cynthia L; Bogen, Kenneth T; Stoker, A Carol

    2003-01-01

    The United States (US) conducted nuclear weapons testing from 1946 to 1958 at Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Based on previous detailed dose assessments for Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap, and Utirik Atolls over a period of 28 years, cesium-137 (137Cs) at Bikini Atoll contributes about 85-89% of the total estimated dose through the terrestrial food chain as a result of uptake of 137Cs by food crops. The estimated integral 30, 50, and 70-year doses were based on the radiological decay of 137Cs (30-year half-life) and other radionuclides. However, there is a continuing inventory of 137Cs and 90Sr in the fresh water portion of the groundwater at all contaminated atolls even though the turnover rate of the fresh groundwater is about 5 years. This is evidence that a portion of the soluble fraction of 137Cs and 90Sr inventory in the soil is lost by transport to groundwater when rainfall is heavy enough to cause recharge of the lens, resulting in loss of 137Cs from the soil column and root zone of the plants. This loss is in addition to that caused by radioactive decay. The effective rate of loss was determined by two methods: (1) indirectly, from time-dependent studies of the 137Cs concentration in leaves of Pisonia grandis, Guettarda specosia, Tournefortia argentea (also called Messerschmidia), Scaevola taccada, and fruit from Pandanus and coconut trees (Cocos nucifera L.), and (2) more directly, by evaluating the 137Cs/90Sr ratios at Bikini Atoll. The mean (and its lower and upper 95% confidence limits) for effective half-life and for environmental-loss half-life (ELH) based on all the trees studied on Rongelap, Bikini, and Enewetak Atolls are 8.5 years (8.0 years, 9.8 years), and 12 years (11 years, 15 years), respectively. The ELH based on the 137Cs/90Sr ratios in soil in 1987 relative to the 137Cs/90Sr ratios at the time of deposition in 1954 is less than 17 years. The magnitude of the decrease below 17 years depends on the ELH for 90Sr

  16. The association of 137Cs with various components of tea leaves fermented from Chernobyl contaminated green tea

    The distribution of137Cs among various components of fermented tea leaves harvested after the Chernobyl accident was investigated by applying a sequential extraction procedure. An association of the radioisotope with the phenolic moiety of a phenylglucoside was detected in black tea infusate using permeation chromatography as well as UV and NMR spectroscopy. The chemical structure of a 137Cs containing compound also isolated from an artificially 137Cs labelled aqueous extract of green leaves was compared to that of fermented tea leaves. The implications of the findings on the chemical forms of the radionuclide are discussed

  17. Retention and removal 137Cs in Japanese catfish (Silurus asotus Linnaeus) in dressing and cooking method

    Japanese catfish contaminated by 137Cs have been used to investigate how the dressing and cook-ing method affect the removal of radioactivity from the fish. During the dressing, 6.0% of the initial 137Cs activity was removed by washing the live fish, further 30.3% of the activity relative to washed fish was removed by discarding the non-edible body parts (skeletons, fins, visceral mass, liver, kidney etc.) and washing the chopped fish. Fish curry was cooked using various spices, green-stuffs and vegetable oil following a method commonly used in South East and East Asian countries. The cooking process removed a further 61.6% of the 137Cs activity relative to the activity in dressed fish. Taken together, this normal domestic fish dressing and culinary process removed 74.7% of the initial 137Cs activity present in the live fish. During the cook-ing, the radioactivity removed from the fish pieces was found to distributed over the ingredients of the curry. The cooked fish pieces retained an average, 38.5% of the radioactivity present in the dressed raw fish pieces. Among the ingredients, the gravy was found to contain an average of 34.8% of the activity of the dressed fish. The activity in green-stuffs was found to vary from 4.0% (in cauliflower) to 7.2% (in potato). It may be concluded that normal home preparation and culinary processes removed the radio-activity from the fish to a great extent. In addition, discarding the gravy and green-stuffs of the curry further reduce the radioactivity intake into the human body. (author)

  18. Removal of 137Cs in Japanese catfish during preparation for consumption

    Japanese catfish contaminated by 137Cs have been used to investigate how dressing and cooking methods affect the removal of radioactivity from the fish. During the dressing, 6.0% of the initial 137Cs activity in live fish was removed by washing them, and a further 30.3% of this activity relative to the washed fish was removed by discarding the nonedible body parts (such as the skeleton, fins, visceral mass, liver, and kidney) and by washing the chopped edible remains. Fish curry was cooked with various spices, vegetable oil, and greens and other vegetables following a method commonly used in Southeast Asian and East Asian countries. The cooking process removed a further 61.6% of the 137Cs activity relative to the activity in dressed fish. Taken together, this normal domestic fish dressing and culinary process removed 74.7% of the initial 137Cs activity that had been present in the live fish. During the cooking, the radioactivity removed from the fish pieces was found to be distributed throughout the ingredients of the curry. The cooked pieces retained, on average, 38.5% of the radioactivity present in the raw dressed pieces. Among the ingredients, the gravy was found to contain an average of 34.8% of the activity of the dressed fish. The activity in greens and vegetables was found to vary from 4.0% (in cauliflower) to 7.2% (in potatoes). It may be concluded that normal home preparation and culinary processes removed much of the radioactivity from the fish. (author)

  19. 137Cs off Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan – model based estimates of dilution and fate

    I. Kriest

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 radioactive 137Cs was discharged from a damaged nuclear power plant to the sea off Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan. Here we explore its dilution and fate with a state-of-the-art global ocean general circulation model, which is eddy-resolving in the region of interest. We find apparent consistency between our simulated circulation, estimates of 137Cs discharged ranging from 0.94 p Bq (Japanese Government, 2011 to 3.5 ± 0.7 p Bq (Tsumune et al., 2012, and measurements by Japanese authorities and the power plant operator. In contrast, our simulations are apparently inconsistent with the high 27 ± 15 p Bq discharge estimate of Bailly du Bois et al. (2012. Expressed in terms of a diffusivity we diagnose, from our simulations, an initial dilution on the shelf of 60 to 100 m2 s−1. The cross-shelf diffusivity is at 500 ± 300 m2 s−1 significantly higher and variable in time as indicated by its uncertainty. Expressed as an effective residence time of surface water on the shelf, the latter estimate transfers to 43 ± 16 days. As regards the fate of 137Cs, our simulations suggest that activities up to 4 mBq l−1 prevail in the Kuroshio-Oyashio Interfrontal Zone one year after the accident. This allows for low but detectable 0.1 to 0.3 m Bq l−1 entering the North Pacific Intermediate Water before the 137Cs signal is flushed away. The latter estimates concern the direct release to the sea only.

  20. Studies on bioaccumulation of 152Eu, 137Cs, 60Co by different algal genera

    In the present paper, the bioaccumulation of a mixture of potentially hazardous, long lived radionuclides 152Eu, 137Cs and 60Co by five algal genera of three different family, viz.: Lyngbya and Phormidium from cyanophyceae; Phizoclonium and Chaetomorpha from chlorophyceae and Catenella from rhodophyceae have been studied. Because of the long half life and high solubility, these radionuclides are considered the most hazardous in the nuclear spent fuel

  1. 137Cs sorption onto Fullers' Earth (calcium montmorillonite) -the influence of sulphate reducing bacteria

    The influences of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans on the sorption of 137Cs onto Fullers' Earth (Calcium montmorillonite) has been studied using batch sorption methods. Results were expressed as distributions ratios (Rd) and as Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherms. They show that microbes present naturally in the Fullers' Earth did not influence sorption data, however the addition of microbes in the aqueous phase alters the sorption properties in a complex manner. (author)

  2. Transfer of 137Cs from Chernobyl fallout to meat and milk in Hungary

    Air, soil, forage, milk and meat samples were analysed for 137Cs and 134Cs following the Chernobyl accident. Deposition of fallout varied widely, the heaviest being in northwestern Hungary. Controlled experiments were conducted on State farms at four locations to determine the transfer coefficients from forage to the milk (Fm) of cows, sheep and goats and to the meat (Ff) of cows and sheep, goats and roe deer. Forage contaminated by Chernobyl fallout in late May of 1986 produced lower Fm and Ff values than worldwide fallout in the 1960s because the form of 137Cs deposited on forage was less available to cattle and sheep. The lower transfer has important implications for assessing the dose commitment of the human population. The second cutting of forage in 1986 and all cuttings in 1987 had greatly reduced concentrations of 137Cs but the Fm and Ff values were much higher, thereby suggesting that after removal of the original deposition the 137Cs in plants was in a more soluble form. Roe deer were fed the same hay as sheep for 50 days and the Ff was 0.35 for deer meat and 0.08 for sheep meat. Cattle fed the same hay produced beef with an Ff of 0.007. Potassium ferric hexacyanoferrate was fed at 0.3 or 0.6 g/d to lactating goats for 9 weeks. The Fm and Ff values were reduced to about 20% of those for the controls. (author). 10 refs, 1 fig., 2 tabs

  3. Study of soil erosion using environmental isotope cesium-137 (137Cs)

    The environmental tracer hay a potential to be used to trace sediment movement. Caesium (Cs), a radionuclide released from nuclear weapon tests is strongly absorbed on clay. The '1'3'7 Cs content in soil profile has been used to estimate soil loss due to water erosion in agricultural land. Soil samples were collected at the study and reference sites using a sampling frame with dimensions of 20 cm x 50 cm x 24 cm. In each depth-incremental soil sampling, the plate was placed on the soil surface and hammered into the soil, a scrapper plate was used to slice off soil in 2 cm increment to a depth of 40 cm. The '1'3'7 Cs content in an undisturbed site accumulated in the upper portion of the soil profile whereas in the disturbed sites the contents are nearly mixed within the plough layer. The eroded soil contained less '1'3'7 Cs compared to the uneroded sites. An empirical model is used to quantify the soil loss. The estimated erosion rates on slopes located at D, E, F are found to be 0. 54 ± 0. 03 tonne/hectare/year, 1.42 ± 0.12 tonne/hectare/year and 0.060 ± 0.009 tonne/hectare/year giving the average of 0.069 ± 0.08 tonne/hectare/year. This result suggest '1'3'7 Cs have the considerable value in data collection for long term-erosion studies. (author)

  4. The inhibitory effects of potassium chloride versus potassium silicate application on (137)Cs uptake by rice.

    Fujimura, Shigeto; Yoshioka, Kunio; Ota, Takeshi; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Sato, Makoto; Satou, Mutsuto

    2016-03-01

    After the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company on 11 March 2011, potassium fertilizer was applied to agricultural fields in the southern Tohoku and northern Kanto regions of Japan to reduce the uptake of radiocesium by crops. In this study, we examined the effects of two types of potassium fertilizers, potassium chloride (a readily available potassium fertilizer) and potassium silicate (a slow-release potassium fertilizer), as well as a split application of potassium, on the accumulation of (137)Cs by rice plants in two pot experiments. The (137)Cs concentrations in the brown rice and in the above-ground plants were significantly lower after potassium chloride application than after potassium silicate application. The potassium ion (K(+)) concentrations in soil solutions sampled 9 and 21 d after transplanting were significantly higher for the potassium chloride application than for the potassium silicate application. The K(+) concentrations in soil solutions observed in the application of potassium silicate were similar to those in the treatment when no potassium was applied. This finding indicates that the application of potassium silicate did not sufficiently increase the available K(+) for rice plants in the soil, which led to a greater uptake of (137)Cs after the potassium silicate application than after the application of potassium chloride. The (137)Cs concentration in brown rice was higher in the split application of potassium fertilizer with the second application at the full heading stage than that without split application and the split application with the second application before heading. PMID:26773513

  5. 137Cs mobility in soils and its long-term effect on the external radiation exposure

    To predict the external gamma-dose rate of Chernobyl-derived 137Cs for a period of about 100 years after its deposition, the vertical distribution of radiocesium in several meadow soils in the Chernobyl area and in Germany was determined, and the corresponding residence half-times of this radionuclide in the various soil layers were evaluated using a compartment model. The resulting residence half-times were subsequently used to calculate the vertical distribution of 137Cs in the soil as a function of time and finally to predict the external gamma-dose rates in air for these sites at various times. A regression analysis of the data obtained showed that the time dependence of the relative gamma-dose rate in air D(t) at the Chernobyl sites can be described by an exponential equation D(t) = a + b . exp(-t/c), where t is the time after deposition. For the ten German sites the best fit was obtained using the two-exponential equation D(t) = a . exp(-t/b) + c . exp(-t/d). The gamma-dose rate of 137Cs at the Chernobyl sites decreases significantly more slowly with time than at the German sites. This means that after e.g. 30 years the mean relative gamma-dose rate at the German sites will have decreased from 100% (corresponding to an infinite plane source on a smooth surface) to 9% (95% confidence interval 8%-10%), while at the sites in the Chernobyl area it will have decreased only to 21% (20%-23%). This difference is the result of the longer residence half-times of 137Cs in the soils at the Chernobyl sites. All results are compared with estimates from earlier studies. (orig.). With 4 figs., 2 tabs

  6. 137Cs and 90Sr in Milk from the Zagreb Region

    The Radiation Protection Unit of the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health in Zagreb is currently carrying out a program of radioactivity measurements and monitoring of the human environment in Croatia. Among other radionuclides this includes radiostrontium and radiocaesium in milk, which is a very sensitive indicator of the presence of fission products in the environment. Milk is also a very important foodstuff in the dietary habits of the Croatian population and represents a major source of potential radioactive contamination. This paper presents the results of the monitoring of 137Cs and 90Sr activity concentrations in milk for the year 2011. Activity concentrations of 90Sr ranged from 26.9 Bqm-3 to 59.5 Bqm-3 with a mean activity concentration of 50.6 Bqm-3. The mean activity concentration for 137Cs was 199 Bqm-3 with a range from 21.1 Bqm-3 to 1940 Bqm-3. The effective doses received from milk consumption were estimated for the adult population of the Zagreb region. The effective dose received from 90Sr uptake by milk consumption was 110 nSv. During 11 months of the year 2011, with the exception of August, the effective dose received from 137Cs uptake was 37.3 nSv, while the dose for 137Cs in August was 163 nSv. The effective dose for August was higher than the effective dose for the remaining 11 months. Continuous control and monitoring of radioactivity in food and the environment are needed to protect the population from the negative effects of ionizing radiation.(author)

  7. Study on selective sorption of 137Cs on Al-substituted calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate

    Sorption properties have been investigated by radiometric (tracer) technique at room temperature for aluminium substituted calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate, known as tobermorite. The 137Cs selectivity has been examined in presence of 1000 times concentrated solution of Na+, Ca2+, and Ba2+. The results suggest that the title phase could be used for immobilization of radioactive cesium. Cation exchange reaction takes place mainly from edge and planar surface sites along with interlayer Ca2+ sites. (author)

  8. Exercise for laboratory comparison of calibration coefficient in 137Cs beam, radiation protection - 2013/2014

    This work deals with the preliminary results of the second exercise of comparing the radiation monitors calibration laboratories in Brazil. The exercise involved eight laboratories and the measured quantity is the air kerma in a beam of 137Cs for radioprotection. The exercise was conducted by the LNMRI/IRD, in a star shaped arrangement from October 2013 to July 2015. The largest deviation was 2% of the calibration coefficient that is acceptable for applications in radioprotection. (author)

  9. Transfer of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs from milk to milk products

    Transfer of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs from cow and sheep milk to various Syrian dairy products has been evaluated. Dairy products include Kashkivan cheese, braided cheese, Haloom cheese, Sircassian cheese, liquid cheese, native cheese, cottage, thick yogurt, butter and milk cream. The results showed that the percentage of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs transferred from cow milk to milk cream (Pt = food processing retention factor x processing efficiency x 100%) has reached 32%, 16% and 7%, respectively. Butter and liquid cheese were found to have the lowest percentage of transferred 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs. Most of the obtained Pt values of the studied radionuclides in thick yogurt were relatively low in spite of the high processing efficiencies of thick yogurt. Moreover, the transfer, Pt, of the studied radionuclides from cow milk to the prepared cheese was higher than those values determined for sheep milk. This is due to differences in chemical compositions of each type of milk. On the other hand, the treatment of Native cheese, most commonly consumed cheese in Syria, with different concentrations of NaCl solutions showed that 137Cs was completely removed from cheese soaking in 5% NaCl solution (soaking time of 48 hours), while 40% of 226Ra and 80% of 85Sr were also decontaminated using 0-2.5% NaCl solutions and soaking time of 48 hours. Based on the obtained results, industrialization processes of the dairy products that resulted the removal of radionuclides have been identified. (author)

  10. Ecological half-times of 137Cs and 90Sr in forest and freshwater ecosystems

    More than 200 data sets from the literature of measured time series of activity concentrations and transfer factors concerning (1) soil, green plants, mushrooms, and game in forests and (2) water, particulate matter, and fish in rivers, reservoirs and lakes in Europe have been analysed. We used a sum of up to 3 exponential functions to evaluate ecological half-times Teco. In fresh water systems we fitted lognormal distributions of Teco for 137Cs e.g. in water of 32 European lakes Teco1 = 0.3*2.2 ± 1, and Teco2 = 5.7*3.9 ± 1 as geometric mean value in years and standard deviation. Pronounced seasonal variations were observed in particulate matter of lake Lugano, reflecting the bio-mass cycle of this lake. In forests ecological half-times Teco for 137Cs can be fitted also by a lognormal distribution. For central Europe Teco 137Cs activity concentrations were observed recently in wild boar in Germany. For eastern Europe the physical half-time is decisive and in some components of the ecosystem the activity concentration is still increasing. Our investigation shows that time-series of at least one decade for Teco2 and another one for Teco3 are needed to achieve a thorough description. Such series are not easily accessible in publications, especially concerning data from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Scandinavia, although this knowledge would be very interesting for the public. Main problems concerning data accessibility are the following: misfit of old data base electronic formats, lost data, public data bases are in general not up dated, non-willingness of some researchers to provide data without money. Concerning 90Sr only very few data sets are available. Because of the higher mobility of 90Sr as compared to 137Cs such data sets are urgently needed to give advice to the population in order to minimise doses from 90Sr. (author)

  11. Predicting transfers of 137Cs in terrestrial and aquatic environments: a whole-ecosystem approach

    Smith, Jim; Cross, M.; Wright, S M

    2002-01-01

    lt is well known that during the years after a nuclear accident the bioavailability and environmental mobility of radionuclides may change significantly, resulting in significant changes in contamination of foodstuffs and surface waters. Studies on 137Cs and, to a lesser extent, 90Sr, have quantified these changes in some ecosystems. However, variability in temporal changes of these radionuclides in aquatic and terrestrial systems is not yet well quantified. Estimation of such variability is ...

  12. Phytodemutation effect on the 137Cs redistribution within Chernobyl urbanized landscapes

    The conception of 'radiometry anticipation' is determined. This one used for estimation of gamma-emitting radionuclide contamination dynamics within Chernobyl urbanized landscapes. Estimation of phytodemutation is conducted by analysis of the spatial distributing of trees crowns serriedness ratio. Comparison of the spatial distributing of contamination of soil by a 137Cs and level of Chernobyl urbanized landscapes phytodemutation is executed for period from 1990 to 2006

  13. The influence of soil macromycetes on the accumulation of 137 Cs by sugar beet and clover

    The results of field experiments for studying of the influence of soil micobiota on the accumulation of 137Cs by agricultural plants from the soil of nord (fuel) trace are presented. Data for two cultures (sugar beet and clover) and for two strains of soil micromycetes have been obtained. These data show that in some cases soil micobiota can have dominant influence on the transfer of radionuclides into agricultural plants

  14. Evaluation of the 2014 EC measurement comparison on (137)Cs in air filters.

    Máté, B; Sobiech-Matura, K; Altzitzoglou, T

    2016-03-01

    In 2014, the Joint Research Centre organised an interlaboratory comparison of (137)Cs measurement in air filters. This paper describes the context of the European measurement comparisons, as well as the technical implementation. Furthermore, sample treatment and measurements performed by participating laboratories are discussed and finally the evaluation of comparison results is presented. The intercomparison results are such that 71 out of the 76 laboratories (i.e. 93.4%) reported values within ±33% range of the reference value. PMID:26701658

  15. 137Cs and 90Sr root uptake by beans in soils with contrasting properties

    Radionuclide soil to crop transfer was analysed in large undisturbed soil monoliths installed in lysimeters under controlled climatic conditions. Both the solid/liquid distribution coefficient KD (= [RN] in soil (Bq/kg)/[RN] in soil solution (Bq/l)) and the concentration factor CF (= (Bq/kg plant)/(Bq/l soil solution)) are affected by the concentration of K, Ca and Mg in soil solution. The 137Cs concentration in soil solution varied from 400 Bq/l to 9 Bq/l in the various types of soil, the corresponding KD value ranged from 480 to 19000 l/kg. The concentration of potassium in the soil solution (mK) varied from 25 mmol/l to 0.6 mmol/l. A negative linear relationship on the logarithmic scale was found between KD and the potassium status of the soil solution: high K levels brought about low KD's and thus, promotion of 137Cs in the soil solution. The plant concentration factor was also affected by the K concentration: high K contents in soil solution resulted in low CF's and vice versa. The interdependence was again linear in logarithmic coordinates. The 137Cs root uptake crop reflected the specific scenario of each soil. The KD and CF values were also negatively related to the Ca+Mg concentration in the soil solution. Thus, K, Ca and Mg in the soil solution play an important role in the 137Cs and 90Sr root uptake and, in addition to the soil type and specific growing conditions, are important factors governing the transfer

  16. Determination of Redistribution of Erosion/Deposition Rate in Cultivated Area Using 137Cs Technique

    The aim of the research is to determine the rate of redistribution of erosion/deposition in cultivated area. The application of 137Cs technique was carried out at cultivated area in Bojong - Ciawi, with slope less than 10o and slope length of about 2 km. A reference site was selected at the top of the slope, and this site is flat, open and covered with grass. Two sites in the cultivated area were selected as study site namely LU-I ( 15 x 25 ) m with the distance of 1000 m from the top, and LU-II (17.5 x 20) m with the distance of 1300 m from the top. Sampling of soil at reference site was done by using scraper (20 x 50) cm, while sampling at study site by using core sampling (di = 7 cm). Soil samples were brought to the laboratorium for preparation and analysis of 137Cs content. Preparation are including of drying, weighing the total dry, sieving and crushing. Analysis of 137Cs content was done using multi channel analyzer (MCA) that connected to high purity germanium (HPGe), at 661 keV, and the minimum counting time of 16 hours. To estimate the erosion/deposit rate, two mathematical model were used, namely Proportional Model (PM) and Mass Balance Model 1 (MBM1). The result for application of 137Cs technique showed that MBM1 gives somewhat higher value for deposit rate and somewhat lower value for erosion than PM. Land use - I (LU-I) of Bojong - Ciawi was suffering from erosion with the erosion rate from 1 t/(ha.y) to 13 t/(ha.y), and LU-II has deposit rate from 1 t/(ha.y) to 50 t/(ha.y). (author)

  17. Contamination of fresh water and estuarine environments in Northern Sweden by 137Cs from Chernobyl accident

    The radioactive fallout from Chernobyl accident contaminated large areas in Sweden in late April 1986. In northern Sweden the fallout coincided with the melting of snow and the spring flood which caused a considerable supply of radionuclides to streams and lakes. The fate of 137Cs from Chernobyl has been investigated on two different aquatic systems in the River Oere catchment area in the province of Vaesterbotten in northern Sweden since 1986. Studies in the river mouth area, the Oere Estuary, began in 1986. The major part of the cesium input sedimentated within the estuary. Concentration of around 10 kBq kg-1dw was found in the surface sediment directly after the spring flood. After 1986 the estuary has received only small amounts of 137Cs but frequent resuspension events has caused a considerable vertical mixing and redistribution within the estuary. Occasionally the 137Cs- activity thereby increased to 30 kBq kg-1dw in the surface sediment. Since 1991 the cesium distribution and dynamics is studied also in Lake Oertraesket which is a large lake (areas: 7 km2, max depth: 60 m) receiving water from the River Oere. The sediment of L.Oertraesket is highly contaminated with 137Cs. The activities varies between 0.5 - 115 kBq kg-1dw and the highest activity are found in the sediments below 30 m depth. Vertical mixing is less pronounced than in the estuary but analyses of sediment trap material indicated that resuspension of sediment particles with low densities take place in the lake. (au)

  18. The air contamination by 137Cs and 7Be in the territory of Slovak Republic

    This report presents the results from measurements of aerosols of samples collected on the Measuring Points of Air Contamination. The activity concentrations of 137Cs and 7Be in air during years 1993-1996 and the annual committed effective doses due to inhalation are summarized. During that period the concentrations of 137Cs in air varied between 0.4 and 13.8 μBq m-3. The annual committed effective doses due to inhalation of 137Cs in air, according to the age, varied between 0.02 and 0.22 nSv from March 1993 through December 1996. During that period the concentrations of Be in air varied between 1.0 and 7.7 mBq m-3 with an annual average of 2.8 mBq m-3. Highest concentrations of 7Be in air were usually noted during the summer period. The annual committed effective doses due to inhalation of 7Be in air varied, according to age, from 1.1 to 1.8 nSv. (authors)

  19. Measuring techniques for the characterisation of 137Cs contaminated river banks, Slovakia

    In 1990, 137Cs contaminated areas were discovered along 19 km of the banks of the rivers receiving discharged waste waters from the Bohunice NPP. The contamination was the result of uncontrolled releases of drainage water from the radioactive waste treatment unit and two accidents on the CO2 cooled and heavy water moderated NPP-A1 unit in 1976 and 1977. In total, more than 67.000 m2 of bank surfaces (the lower and middle parts of their slopes) have been found to be contaminated with 137Cs at levels exceeding 1 kBq/kg of soil. This paper describes the planning for restoration of these river banks with emphasis on site characterization techniques used for these purposes. The general strategy and application of monitoring techniques for the purposes of characterisation of contaminated river banks is the main topic of the work performed in the context of the IAEA CRP on 'Site Characterisation Techniques for Environmental Restoration'. First results in developing new and more sophisticated measuring techniques, needed for the characterization of discontinuous and spot-contamination found on parts of the banks are given. The technique described is based on a dose rate measurement approach, using ratio of two detector readings at two different distances above ground and Monte-Carlo simulations of the plastic scintillation detector responses. The method will also be useful, for the final, post-remediation survey of residual spots of 137Cs contamination. (author)

  20. Analysis of 210 Pb and 137 Cs in diets of university students

    In this work, 210 P and 137 Cs were determined in the male students diets (age: 19-25) of Sao Paulo University, by gamma spectrometry. The sampling was made using the duplicate portion methodology, which consists in collecting duplicate portions of all food and beverage consumed during three days of a week. The levels obtained for 210 Pb in these samples varied from the Minimum Detectable Concentration (0.43 Bq.kg-1 ) to 1.68 Bq.kg-1 . For 137 Cs, the values ranged from the Minimum Detectable Concentration (0.17 Bq.kg-1 ) to 0.95 Bq.kg-1 . An estimate of the daily ingestion of those radionuclides was made according to the data obtained. The values varied from 78 to 309 mBq.d-1 for 210 Pb, and 53 to 157 mBq.d-1 , for 137 Cs, among the diets analyzed. The data obtained these diets agreed with the data obtained for other authors. (author)

  1. Quantifying Soil Erosion and Deposition Rates in Tea Plantation Area, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Using 137Cs

    The soil erosion and deposition in the hilly area is a great concern for the planters. In this study, the tea plantation was chosen to quantify the rates of soil erosion and deposition for it will provide information on the improvement of soil conditions and cost reduction of fertilizer consumption. The aims of this research are to determine the rate of soil erosion and deposition using environmental radionuclide, 137Cs. Soil profile samples were collected by using scrapper plate and two cores soil sample were collected in the undisturbed forests area nearby. The 137Cs activity concentration was measured using low background coaxial hyper pure germanium detector gamma spectrometer based on 137Cs gamma energy peak at 661.66 keV. The highest erosion rate using Proportional Models and Mass Balance Model 1 was found in point HE top area which is 52.39 t ha-1 yr-1 and 95.53 t ha-1 yr-1 respectively while the lowest at location HF top which is 4.78 t ha-1 yr-1 and 4.97 t ha-1 yr-1. The deposition rate was higher in HF center which is 216.82 t ha-1 yr-1 and 97.51 t ha-1 yr-1 and the lowest at HE center which is 0.05 t ha-1 yr-1 for both models used. (author)

  2. Soil to plant transfer values of 137 Cs in soils of tropical agro-ecological systems

    Recent radioecological studies have showed that some ecosystems present more suitable conditions for soil to plant transfer of some radionuclides, while others present lower transfer when compared with average values. Due to the difficulty to generate, experimentally, soil to plant transfer factors enough to cover the totality of existing soil and vegetation types, an alternative way has been the use of soil to reference plant transfer factor determined in various ecosystems. Trough the use of conversion factors, the reference transfer factor can be converted in values of transfer factor specific for a specific type of crop. These values can be used regionally to improve dose calculation and models for radiological risk assessments. This work presents experimental data for 137 Cs for reference crops grown up in Oxisol, Ultisol and Alfisol. These results allow the assessment of sensibility of main Brazilian soils regarding a radiological contamination with 137 Cs and provide regional parameters values. The results obtained in soils of tropical climate validate the international methodology aiming to derive generic transfer factor values for 137 Cs in reference crops based on a few soil properties such as fertility, pH and organic matter content. (author)

  3. A review of 137Cs transfer to fungi and consequences for modelling environmental transfer

    A review of the published literature describing 137Cs transfer to fungi was carried out, summarising the collated data to determine factors controlling transfer and identify an appropriate modelling approach to predict future contamination. 137Cs transfer ratios (TR) are derived for fungi species collected within Europe and the CIS. Considerable variability in TRs is demonstrated, with TRs varying between 10 m2 kg-1 across all species and over three orders of magnitude for individual species (e.g. Boletus badius). Generally, meta-information (such as habitat and soil attributes) is poorly reported in the literature so that classification of the TR is limited to the effect of nutritional type (Psaprophytic∼parasitic. Analysis of the literature data set (a heterogeneous source) suggests that there is no statistical evidence to indicate a decrease in TRs for 10 years after the Chernobyl accident. Spatial analysis of a data set for Belgium indicates variability in 137Cs transfer within a sampling location, such that fruitbodies collected over a scale of approximately 5 km would show activities as variable as those collected over a much larger scale (∼ or>50 km). Therefore, it is proposed that the collated data sets for individual species can be used to derive 'best estimates' for the parameters describing the distribution of TRs. These can then be used to estimate an 'effective' TR, which, when combined with local soil deposition level and frequency and effect of culinary practices, can give an estimate of the activity of fungi consumed by the general population

  4. Transfer of 137Cs from soil to plants and sheep at Tjoetta, Norway, 1988-1998

    The effective ecological half-life for transfer to sheep at Tjoetta is 10 years for lambs and 7 years for ewes in the period 1988-1998. However the reduction in activity levels do not follow an exponential curve during the time of study and hence, the effective ecological half-life is dependent on the time period for which it is calculated. Hardly any decrease was observed during 1988-1993 while a significant decrease in activity levels in sheep was detected in 1994 and especially in 1995. Not surprisingly, this decrease was also observed in vegetation samples. In particular vegetation specious of Festuca spp and Rumex acetosa accumulate more 137 Cs than the others, with maximum average levels of 4200 and 6200 Bq/kg respectively. In the time period from 1990-1994 Trifolium spp, Deschampsia cespitosa and Festuca spp showed a decrease in activity levels which was not observed in the other species studied in this period. During the time period of experiment the occurrence of mushrooms was low, and it was studied in closer details in the last three years. In collected specimens the activity levels of 137 Cs has ranged from 1000 to 18.000 Bq/kg d.w. Consumption of mushrooms is not expected to explain the time variation of 137 Cs levels in sheep at Tjoetta. (au)

  5. Transfer factors of 137Cs and 9Sr from soil to trees in arid regions

    Transfer factors of 137Cs and 9Sr from contaminated soil (Aridisol) to olive, apricot trees and grape vines were determined under irrigated field conditions for four successive years. The transfer factors (calculated as Bq kg-1 dry plant material per Bq kg-1 dry soil) of both radionuclides varied among tree parts and were highest in olive and apricot fruits. However, the values for 9Sr were much higher than those for 137Cs in all plant parts. The geometric mean of the transfer factors in olives, apricots and grapes were 0.007, 0.095 and 0.0023 for 137Cs and 0.093, 0.13 and 0.08 for 9Sr, respectively, and were negligible in olive oil for both radionuclides. The transfer factors of both radionuclides were similar to, or in the lower limits of, those obtained in other areas of the world. This could be attributed to differences in soil characteristics: higher pH, lower organic matter, high clay content, and higher exchangeable potassium and calcium

  6. The accumulation of 137Cs in the biological compartment of forest soils

    Soil samples were collected in various forest stands, located about 40 km north-west from Uppsala. The various stands were: (1) Clear cut area made in 1987, (2) Normal forest with 50-100 old Norway spruce and Scots pine and with a thick humic layer of about 10 cm; (3) Raised bog with 50-year-old Scots pine and Sphagnum moss layer over peat soil. (4) Rocky area with old Scots pine, growing on a shallow soil, mainly of organic origin. (5) Normal forest with nearly 100-year-old spruce and pine, growing a shallow humic layer over sandy soil. Soil blocks of about 20x20 cm and down to a depth of 10-15 cm were collected on each site. The soil samples were mechanically separated into various fractions: bulk, rhizosphere and soil-root interface. The results showed that 137Cs was unevenly distributed between the three soil fractions. The highest activity concentrations -- 3-4 times higher than in the other two fractions -- as well as the highest organic content -- usually more than 95% -- were found in the soil-root interface fraction. Of the total 137Cs activity in the soil, 18% as a mean value was found in the soil-root interface fraction. The results thus show that a substantial fraction of the 137Cs in the soils in some way associated with the biological part of the soil, probably with the fungal component

  7. The extraction of 137Cs and 89Sr from waste simulants using pillared montmorillonite

    Two samples of a silica-pillared montmorillonite produced using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxy silane and an alumina-pillared montmorillonite were evaluated for the removal of 137Cs and 89Sr from a simulated nuclear waste solution and a simulated groundwater, and the results were compared to the parent montmorillonite and two zeolites, AW500 (chabazite) and clinoptilolite. The parent and pillared clays were characterized using x-ray powder diffraction and surface area analysis by nitrogen adsorption/desorption studies. The pillared clays exhibited d-spacings of between 17.43 and 18.32 angstrom after calcination, and surface areas ranging from 71.3 to 264.4 m2/g. Both of the silica-pillared clays and the alumina-pillared clay exhibited excellent Kds for 137Cs from simulated groundwater with values of 23,650, 23,260 and 144,570 mL/g, respectively. These were far better than the Kds obtained by clinoptilolite and AW500 which had Kds of only 14,560 and 9,650 mL/g, respectively. None of the pillared clays showed a high selectivity for 89Sr from groundwater or 137Cs from simulated alkaline tank waste. They did, however, show a slight selectivity for 89Sr in the simulated Hanford tank wastes, but this is thought to be due to a precipitation mechanism rather than to ion exchange

  8. Depth distribution of 137Cs adsorption property of clay minerals influenced by mineral weathering

    Radiocesium adsorption potential of mica clay mineral can increase as it is weathered, because K depletion in mica interlayer sites generates new Cs selective sites. However, in soils weathered under field conditions, the increase in 137Cs adsorption potential associated with mineral weathering has not been observed extensively. We investigated four soil profiles from Japan and Thailand with different soil pH ranges (3.3-4.0, 4.2-4.3, 5.0-5.7, and 5.5-7.3). The solid/liquid distribution coefficients of Cs (CsKd) in clay (137Cs adsorption potential of mica clay minerals. In three soil profiles, CsKd value in clay was the largest at a surface horizon and was decreased with depth, whereas in the most acidic of Podzolic soil profile, it was the largest at B horizon. The large CsKd value in surface clays relative to deeper horizons were well associated with that of 2.0-1.0 μm clay fraction. We assumed that the 137Cs adsorption potential increased at surface horizons mainly because coarser clay micas were weathered and generated Cs selective sites. The exceptional result obtained in Podzolic soil profile suggests that too intensive weathering destruct mica structure and may decrease in Cs adsorption potential of mica clay minerals. (author)

  9. The presence of natural radioactivity and 137Cs in the South China Sea bordering peninsular Malaysia.

    Amin, Y M; Mahat, R H; Nor, R M; Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Takleef, Ghazwa Hatem; Bradley, D A

    2013-10-01

    The presence of natural radioactivity and (137)Cs has been investigated in fresh media obtained from South China Sea locations off the coast of peninsular Malaysia. The media include seafood, sea water and sediment. The samples were collected some weeks prior to the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and associated tsunami, the occurrence of which precipitated the Fukushima incident. All samples showed the presence of naturally occurring (226)Ra, (228)Ra and primordial (40)K, all at typically prevailing levels. The concentrations of natural radioactivity in molluscs were found to be greater than that of other marine life studied herein, the total activity ranging from 337 to 393 Bq kg(-1) dry weight. The total activity in sea water ranged from 15 to 88 Bq l(-1). Sediment samples obtained at deep sea locations more than 20 km offshore further revealed the presence of (137)Cs. The activity of (137)Cs varied from ND to 0.5 Bq kg(-1) dry weight, the activity increasing with offshore distance and depth. The activity concentrations presented herein should be considered useful in assessing the impact of any future radiological contamination to the marine environment. PMID:23584496

  10. Use of 137Cs and other fallout radionuclide in soil erosion investigations: progress, problems and prospects

    Accelerated erosion and soil degradation currently represent serious problems for the global environment. Against this background there is a need to assemble reliable information on the rates of soil loss involved. Existing techniques for documenting rates of soil loss possess many limitations and there is increasing interest in the potential for using fallout radionuclides, particularly 137Cs, to obtain such information. An example of the application of the 137Cs approach to a cultivated field at Rufford Forest Farm, Nottinghamshire, UK, is presented to illustrate its value. The key advantages of the approach are that it provides a means of assembling retrospective estimates of medium-term (ca. 40 years) rates of soil loss and the spatial pattern of erosion and deposition involved, on the basis of a single site visit. There are, however, currently a number of problems and uncertainties associated with the use of 137Cs in soil erosion investigations, and these are reviewed and needs for further research identified. Potential developments of the approach, including the use of other fallout radionuclides such as unsupported 210Pb and 7Be are also considered. (author)

  11. The concentration of 137Cs in the surface of the Greek marine environment

    The radiological status of the Greek marine environment, prior to the Chernobyl accident, was characterized mainly by the fallout from nuclear weapon tests. However, the release of radioactivity into the environment from the accident in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and its deposition in the Greek marine environment resulted in an increase of the 137Cs activity concentration by approximately one order of magnitude. In addition, the direct transport of radiocaesium into the North Aegean Sea has been further influenced by the late impact of the Chernobyl accident on the Greek marine environment, related to the transfer of 137Cs, mainly through the Dnieper but also the Danube rivers, to the Black Sea and further to the North Aegean Sea through the Straits of Dardanelles. The aim of this work is to provide a present day picture of the geographic variation of the concentration of 137Cs in the surface layer of the Greek marine environment and hence, to evaluate the annual committed effective dose delivered to humans through the ingestion pathway from marine sources.

  12. Measurements of 137Cs and 90Sr in Swedish consumption milk between 1991 1996

    The sources for the radioactivity are the nuclear weapons tests and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Milk is sampled and measured as an important indicator of the Chernobyl load of radionuclides that cows can metabolize and that will ultimately give a dose to humans. Milk was responsible for 13-19% of the total intake of 137Cs from foodstuffs for the average person in 1994. Our milk measurement program covered 90% of all produced consumption milk in Sweden in 1995. Milk samples are taken every second month from the dairies. 90Sr is only measured on pooled yearly samples from some dairies; these dairies covered 50% of the total production of consumption milk in Sweden in 1995. The mean value per year of 137Cs for the whole country has decreased from 0.52 to 0.26 Bq/l between 1991 and 1996, which corresponds to a committed effective dose equivalent for humans of 1.1-0.50 microSv for 137Cs. For 90Sr during the 1991-1996 period the country-wide mean varied between 0.08 and 0.06 Bq/l, resulting in a committed effective dose equivalent of 0.4-0.3 microSv. 7 refs

  13. The transfer of 137Cs and 60Co from feed to pork

    The transfer of 137Cs and 60Co from fodder to meat and other organs was studied in growing pigs. The influence of two different feeding methods (potato and grain) commonly used in Germany was investigated. The radionuclides were transferred into plants by root uptake and these were fed once a day, all at once, to young pigs until they reached maturity. In this manner, the radioactivity was administered to the pigs in a similar chemical form as would occur after radioactive contamination of soil. It is demonstrated that the two feeding practices have only a minor influence on transfer coefficients, which were determined to be ≤0.002 days/kg for 60Co in meat and in the ranges 0.18-0.26 (potato-feeding) and 0.17-0.33 days/kg (grain-feeding), respectively, for 137Cs in different components of the meat; the transfer coefficients for 137Cs into different organs range from 0.06 to 0.24 days/kg after potato-feeding and from 0.12 to 0.29 after grain-feeding. (author)

  14. Correlation of 137Cs leachability from small-scale to large-scale waste forms

    A study correlating the leachability of 137Cs from small-scale to large-scale cement forms was performed. The waste forms consisted of (a) organic ion exchange resins incorporated in Portland I cement, with a waste-to-cement ratio of 0.6 and a water-to-cement ratio of 0.4 (as free water) and (b) boric acid waste (12% solution) incorporated in Portland III cement, with a waste-to-cement ratio of 0.7. 137Cs was added to both waste types prior to solidification. The sample dimensions varied from 1 in. x 1 in. to 22 in. x 22 in. (diameter x height). Leach data extending over a period of 260 days were obtained using a modified IAEA leach test. A method based on semi-infinite plane source diffusion model was applied to interpret the leach data. A derived mathematical expression allows prediction of the amount of 137Cs leached from the forms as a function of leaching time and waste form dimensions. A reasonably good agreement between the experimental and calculated data was obtained. 4 figures, 6 tables

  15. Seasonal changes of 137Cs in benthic plants from the southern Baltic Sea

    137Cs activity concentrations were determined in samples of macrophytes Polysiphonia fucoides (red algae) and Zostera marina (vascular plant) collected during the entire vegetation season in the Gulf of Gdansk in the southern Baltic Sea. The measurements showed considerable seasonality of 137Cs activity in both species; an increase of cesium concentrations was observed from spring to autumn with maximal levels 49.1 ± 1.4 Bq kgd.w.-1 (P. fucoides) and 14.5 ± 1.0 Bq kgd.w.-1 (Z. marina) in late autumn. 137Cs concentrations observed in a given season are the result of a number of processes, the intensity of which can differ depending on external environmental conditions. The effects of these processes can differ and their directions can frequently be opposite to one another. The examined macrophytobenthic plant species could serve as bioindicators of radionuclide pollution for monitoring purposes on condition that the samples of plants are taken within a strictly defined period of the year to give comparable results and to supply realistic information about pollution levels. (author)

  16. 137Cs fallout depth distributions in forest versus field sites: implications for external gamma dose rates

    The depth profile of 137Cs fallout in soil from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests was measured at neighboring field and forest areas for seven sites in northeastern US. The inferred dose rates in air at 1 m above the ground per unit inventory of 137Cs averaged a factor of 1.8 higher in forest as compared to field areas. Calculations indicate that dose rate in forest areas would be a factor of four higher than that over deeply ploughed land. Based on a limited set of historical measurements made since 1972, it appears that the dose rate per unit inventory in both field and forest areas has more or less stabilized after a sharp decrease following deposition events in the early 1960s. Estimated dose commitments for various land types are compared to the value suggested by UNSCEAR and implications with respect to certain population groups are discussed. The findings may have application in estimating future external doses from deposited 137Cs associated with Chernobyl fallout in Europe. (author)

  17. Monitoring of sediments transport in the small catchment-basin contaminated with 137 Cs

    With the objective of evaluating the environmental impact due to the erosion, deposition and transport of pollutants in a small catchment (area of 16 km2), contaminated with 137 Cs, a monitoring program, which includes field work and lab analysis, was established. Basically, this program involves the collection of suspended and bed sediment samples in different sites of the catchment during the occurrence of moderate and extreme floods. The particle size distribution was determined through the analysis of the samples by Pipet (silt and clay) and Sieve (sand) method. The samples were also analyzed for concentrations of sediment and 137 Cs on sediment. In a general way, it was observed that the concentration of 137 Cs on sediment decreases linearly during the initial portion of the hydrographic, still decreasing during the peak occurrence and then increases during the final portion of the curve. A possible explanation for this behavior is that during the initial phase of each event, only the course particles (silt and sand), which have a lower adsorption capacity are transported. (author)

  18. Using 137Cs to quantify the sediment delivery ratio in a small watershed.

    Li, Mian; Yao, Wenyi; Li, Zhanbin; Liu, Puling; Yang, Er; Shen, Zhenzhou

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the sediment delivery ratio (SDR) is important in controlling sediments for the sustainable development of natural resources and in the design of the construction such as dams and reservoirs. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the SDR by the (137)Cs tracing method in a small watershed in the Sichuan Hilly Basin of China. In the study watershed, different land plots are divided according to the land use type, and 97 sampling sites were selected from these plots. The results show that the average net soil loss rates from the forest land and sloping cultivated land are 1759 and 4468t/km(2)a, respectively. No (137)Cs was detectable on the bare rock surfaces and previous work showed that the erosion rate from the bare rock area was 14,260t/km(2)a. In the depositional zone, the sedimentation rates in the Caoto (a kind of cultivated land located at the foot of hills) and paddy field are 3113 and 3562t/km(2)a, respectively. Combining the area of each land use in the small watershed, the SDR of 0.40 is obtained in the past four decades. The (137)Cs technique was shown to provide an effective and rapid means of estimating the SDR within the small watershed. PMID:21840725

  19. Statistical assessment of the 137Cs levels of the Chernihiv oblast's milk

    The article deals with research directed on overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl accident at the territory of Ukraine. Results are considered of the use of the long-normal distribution law to evaluate results of 137Cs milk contamination. Critical farms of Chernihiv oblast, where agreeing criteria for assessing the primary data on milk contamination were applied, became the object of the study. An algorithm was applied to calculate factual and forecast repetitions of gradations according to the stages of statistical processing of milk samples contaminated with 137Cs. Results of the milk contamination analysis at a later stage (1991-2001)are described by the long-normal distribution law which can be used to forecast for the subsequent years. The maximum repetability of the gradations of the contaminated milk (from 10 to 40 Bq/l) is determined for factual and forecast frequencies of the levels of contamination thereof. The results of the study are proposed to be used while taking measures directed on diminishing the levels of contamination of agricultural products with 137Cs

  20. Transfer and mobility of 137 Cs and 60 Co in oxisol and alfisol

    One manner to assess potential mobility of radionuclides in soils is the use of sequential extraction procedures. These procedures intend to provide the radionuclide partitioning in geochemical phases of soil affected by changes in physico-chemical conditions. In this study a new sequential chemical extraction protocol was choose to evaluate 60 Co and 137 Cs mobility under a large range of physico-chemical soil properties. The results of sequential procedure was further compared with soil to plant transfer factors data for maize and radish and with soil properties, showing rather consistent results. The 137 Cs distribution in soil showed that Fe oxides are the main sink for this element and after 14 years after contamination the 137 Cs was still available for plants. The 60 Co distribution showed that Mn oxides are the main sink for this element in Alfisol and 5 years after contamination no 60 Co was detected as bioavailable neither detectable in maize. The knowledge of the bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soil system can be useful for risk assessment studies, to be applied in the case of nuclear accident or contamination scenarios. (author)

  1. Continuous decline of background activity concentrations of 3H, 90Sr and 137Cs in hydrosphere

    Main artificial radionuclides - 3H, 90Sr and 137Cs - have occurred in environment since atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons, and later in Europe, since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Hence, these radionuclides can still be detected in samples of surface water and other components of hydrosphere. To assess environmental impact of nuclear facilities, which represent point sources of artificial radioactivity, it is necessary to take into account a decreasing trend of the radionuclides background, observed in water, bottom sediments and biota. The paper describes development of 3H, 90Sr and 137Cs concentrations and balances through an example of vicinity of the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant in South Bohemia in pre-operational (1990-2000) and operational (2001-2012) stage. The concentrations of 137Cs and 90Sr were permanently decreasing during the monitored period and they cover up the same radionuclides released from the plant. In addition, similar decreasing trend was observed for tritium concentrations in river sites, which were not affected by the plant, too. In contrast to the other radionuclides, concentrations of tritium detected at the sites affected by the plant were substantially above its background. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  2. Leaching of 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra in lysimeter experiments

    The present report describes the first results obtained from lysimeter experiments started in 1990. The lysimeter plant consists of twelve soil monoliths from four different sites (three replicates each). Since 1990 the following agricultural crops were grown: endive, corn, winter wheat, mustard, sugar beet and potato. Gravitational water ranged from 3.9 % to 18.3 % of precipitation plus irrigation water, calculated as half years average values excluding the first six months of operation. The two Cambisols on sediments exhibited a mean percentage of approx. 10 %. The Dystric Cambisol on silicate rock and the Gleysol showed average values of 20 %. In 1990 the top layers (20 cm) were contaminated with three radionuclides. The leaching of the contaminants 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra differed distinctly between the elements. The lowest leaching rates were observed for 137Cs, followed by 60Co. The 226Ra-concentrations in the gravitational water were clearly highest of all. However, the comparison of the 226Ra/2228Ra ratios in deep soil layers and in gravitational water showed that the 226Ra measured in the leachate originates from the natural contents in the subsoil and not from the artificial 226Ra contamination of the topsoil. The mobility of the artificial radionuclides decreased therefore in the following order: 60Co > (226Ra) > 137Cs. (author)

  3. (137)Cs distributions in soil and trees in forest ecosystems after the radioactive fallout - Comparison study between southern Finland and Fukushima, Japan.

    Pumpanen, Jukka; Ohashi, Mizue; Endo, Izuki; Hari, Pertti; Bäck, Jaana; Kulmala, Markku; Ohte, Nobuhito

    2016-09-01

    The nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima released large amounts of (137)Cs radionuclides into the atmosphere which spread over large forest areas. We compared the (137)Cs concentration distribution in different parts of two coniferous forest ecosystems (needle litter, stems and at different depths in the soil) over short and long term periods in Finland and Japan. We also estimated the change in (137)Cs activity concentrations in needle and soil between 1995 and 2013 in Southern Finland based on the back-calculated (137)Cs activity concentrations. We hypothesized that if the (137)Cs activity concentrations measured in 1995 and 2013 showed a similar decline in concentration, the (137)Cs activity concentration in the ecosystem was already stable in 1995. But if not, the (137)Cs activity concentrations were still changing in 2013. Our results showed that the vertical distribution of the (137)Cs fallout in the soil was similar in Hyytiälä and Fukushima. The highest (137)Cs concentrations were observed in the uppermost surface layers of the soil, and they decreased exponentially deeper in the soil. We also observed that (137)Cs activity concentrations estimated from the samples in 1995 and 2013 in Finland showed different behavior in the surface soil layers compared to the deep soil layer. These results suggested that the (137)Cs nuclei were still mobile in the surface soil layers 27 years after the accident. Our results further indicated that, in the aboveground parts of the trees, the (137)Cs concentrations were much closer to steady-state when compared to those of the surface soil layers based on the estimated declining rates of (137)Cs concentration activity in needles which were similar in 1995 and 2013. Despite its mobility and active role in the metabolism of trees, the (137)Cs remains in the structure of the trees for decades, and there is not much exchange of (137)Cs between the heartwood and surface layers of the stem. PMID:27158060

  4. Temporal evolution of 137Cs+, K+ and Na+ in fruits of South American tropical species

    Concentrations of 137Cs, K and Na in fruits of lemon (Citrus limon B.) and of K and Na in fruits of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) trees were measured by both gamma spectrometry and neutron activation analysis, with the aim to understand the behaviour of monovalent inorganic cations in tropical plants as well as the plant ability to store these elements. Similar amounts of K+ were incorporated by lemon and coconut trees during the growth and ripening processes of its fruits. The K concentration decreased exponentially during the growth of lemons and coconuts, ranging from 13 to 25 g kg−1 dry weight. The incorporation of Na+ differed considerably between the plant species studied. The Na concentration increased linearly during the lemon growth period (0.04 to 0.70 g kg−1 d.w.) and decreased exponentially during the coconut growth period (1.4 to 0.5 g kg−1 d.w.). Even though radiocaesium is not an essential element to plants, our results have shown that 137Cs incorporation to vegetable tissues is positively correlated to K distribution within the studied tropical plant species, suggesting that the two elements might be assimilated in a similar way, going through the biological cycle together. A mathematical model was developed from the experimental data allowing simulating the incorporation process of monovalent inorganic cations by the fruits of such tropical species. The agreement between the theoretical approach and the experimental values is satisfactory along fruit development. - Highlights: ► Concentrations of 137Cs, K and Na in fruits of lemon (Citrus limon B.) are presented. ► Concentrations of K and Na in fruits of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) are also showed. ► We investigated the use of 137Cs as a tracer for the plant absorption of macronutrients. ► A model was developed to simulate the temporal evolution of 137Cs, K and Na by fruits. ► This model exhibited close agreement with our results along the fruit development

  5. Evaluation of 137Cs mobility in soil profiles from the Pantanal region, Brazil

    Radioactive pollutants can cause impact on the environmental quality of soils and pose a risk to human health. The release of radioactive materials through nuclear testing or nuclear accidents cause the deposition of radionuclides on the ground,· it may be leached by rain, transported to the sources of natural waters and absorbed by the soil fauna and flora, and thus enter the human food chain. Radioecological studies have shown that soils with low pH, low organic matter content and low fertility are more vulnerable to contamination by 137Cs, since the transfer to plants is high. In this study, we aimed to assess and map the vulnerability to contamination by 137Cs surface horizons of the soils from the Pantanal and propose mitigation measures adapted to the regional scenario to optimize radiological protection of agricultural areas. Therefore, selected soil profiles located in the municipality of Jaraguari, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and applied the conceptual model developed by Picanco Jr (2012), which was used in the reference values of the factor of soil-plant transfer (FT) for 137Cs in corn, related soil variables (pH, CTC and exchangeable K) and relevance of parameters and variations of amplitudes for each value range of FT. The application of this conceptual model established to detect the vulnerability of soils to radioactive contamination generated maps vulnerability showing that the region is very heterogeneous as this criterion, showing low levels of vulnerability for most of the region and in some areas, extreme vulnerability. This result identified the Pantanal as one of the less vulnerable to the radioactive contamination, but the sparse areas of extreme vulnerability can lead to contamination of subsoil and a significant spread of contamination via groundwater. This conceptual model, which defines vulnerability classification, is a first step for the study and determination of a numerical index of vulnerability to 137Cs soil and can be used in the

  6. Indication of Erosion At Tea - Plantation - Gunung Mas - Puncak - West Java Using Environmental Isotop of 137Cs

    Erosion is a natural phenomena as a result of deforestation. Indication of erosion could be investigated by nuclear method that is used a natural radioisotope of 137Cs in the soil. The present of 137Cs in environment is a result of the nuclear weapon testing in the middle of 1950's. The result of this pre study showed that the total activity of 137Cs in the soil of Tea - Plantation - Gunung Mas - Puncak - West Java is between 150 Bq/m2-1872 Bq/m2. The result showed that the activity of 137Cs could be detected, and the erosion or deposition could be seen at the points of the investigation

  7. Studying sorption properties of a mixture of natural and synthetic zeolites in respect of radionuclides 137Cs and 90Sr

    Sorption properties of a mixture of zeolites (natural and synthetic) in respect of radionuclides 137Cs and 90Sr are studied. The influence of additions on the sorption properties of clinoptilolite and mixture of zeolites (natural and synthetic) is studied

  8. Effective and ecological half-lives of 90Sr and 137Cs observed in wheat and rice in Japan

    Published pre-Fukushima food monitoring data from 1963 to 1995 were used to study the long-term presence of 137Cs and 90Sr in rice and wheat. Effective half-lives (Teff) were calculated for rice (137Cs: 5.6 years; 90Sr: 6.7 years) and wheat (137Cs: 3.5 years; 90Sr: 6.2 years), respectively. In rice, 137Cs exhibits a longer Teff because putrefaction processes will lead to the formation of NH4+ ions that are efficient ion exchangers for mineraladsorbed cesium ions, hence making it more readily available to the plant. Knowledge on the long-term behavior of radiocesium and radiostrontium will be important for Japanese food-safety campaigns after the Fukushima nuclear accident. (author)

  9. 137 Cs in flowers, pollen and honey from the Republic of Croatia four years after the Chernobyl accident

    137Cs concentration was measured in flowers, pollen and honey, samples of which were collected from the Republic of Croatia 4 years after the Chernobyl accident. Radioactivity of 137Cs was measured by gamma-spectrometry. Cesium in honey corresponds well with 137Cs contamination of territory in the Republic of Croatia. Activity of 137Cs in pollen which is higher than in honey indicates that cesium behaves analogously to potassium. The results show that equal cesium concentration in the surface soil layer results in higher cesium activities in honey in the case of meadow flowers, ie honey bee pasture, than in cases when pasture is based on bush and tree flowers. Cesium activity average in honey, collected from the Republic of Croatia territory, is < 1 % of the permissible level of 600 Bq/kg

  10. Development of certified matrix reference materials for quality assurance of screening 134Cs and 137Cs in food

    A certified reference material using activated alumina powder certified for activity of 134Cs and 137Cs was developed. The results of the verification and the certification are described. The certified reference material can be used for quality assurance of screening activity measurements of 134Cs and 137Cs in food/foodstuffs. Commercially available equipments were experimentally tested using the CRM and another CRM including 40K. The results of these tests are also shown. - Highlights: • CRM of 134Cs and 137Cs using activated alumina was developed. • CRM including 134Cs, 137Cs and 40K was also developed. • Results of experimental performance test of commercial inspection equipments using CRMs were shown

  11. Studies on the gamma radiation environment in Sweden with special reference to 137Cs

    Gamma radiation in the environment today mainly originates from naturally occurring radionuclides, but anthropogenic radionuclides, such as 137Cs, contribute in some areas. In order to assess population exposure in case of fallout from nuclear weapons (NWF) or accidents, knowledge and monitoring of external gamma radiation and radionuclide concentrations in the environment is important. For this purpose 34 sampling sites were established in western Sweden and repeated soil sampling, field gamma spectrometry (in situ measurements), and dose rate measurements were performed. The variations in the activities between the different sampling occasions were found to be quite large. The naturally occurring radionuclides were the main source of outdoor dose rates. The uranium and thorium decay series contributed about equally to the total dose while the contribution from 40K was somewhat higher. The dose rates were mainly correlated to the ground cover, with higher levels on asphalt and cobble stones than on grass. The large scale deposition densities from NWF and the Chernobyl accident could be relatively well estimated by a model including the amount of precipitation and measured deposition at few reference sites. The deposition density from nuclear weapons tests in Sweden between 1962 and 1966 was found to be 1.42-2.70 kBq/m2 and the deposition density from Chernobyl in western Sweden ranged between 0.82-2.61 kBq/m2. The vertical migration of 137Cs was studied at the sampling sites in western Sweden and a solution to the convection-diffusion equation (CDE) was fitted to depth profiles. The vertical migration of 137Cs was found to be very slow and diffusive transport was dominant at most locations. The apparent convection velocity and diffusion coefficient were found to be 0-0.35 cm/year and 0.06-2.63 cm2/year, respectively. The average depth of the maximum activity was 5.4±2.2 cm. The fitted depth distributions for each location were used to correct in situ measurements

  12. Geochronological reconstruction of the long-term inflow of 137Cs to the Black Sea from mountain and lowland rivers and comparison of the buffer capacity of watersheds

    The trends of radionuclide discharge from the Danube and Coruh rivers were traced using the 137Cs deposition records in the adjacent Black Sea sediments. The 137Cs-derived dating showed that the maximum discharge of 137Cs from the Coruh was delayed for 14 years relative to the date of the Chernobyl accident, reflecting a buffer effect of watershed soils. This transit time is 3 and 1.5 times langer than that in the Danube and Dnieper, respectively, indicating a difference in retention processes in these mountain and lowland catchment basins. The 137Cs profile in Coruh sediments showed the penetration of 137Cs to much greater depth than it would be expected from the 137Cs fallout chronology, suggesting the sediment mixing at a rate of 1.3 cm2y-1. This value was used to evaluate the deposition chronology of bomb 137Cs, applying the model developed for pulse fallout case. The higher measured activities of 137Cs in the upper sediments, relative to modelled data, may be explained by an additional 137Cs input with eroded soil particles. Subtracting the measured and modelled data allows the differentiation of 137Cs trends of the flood-induced discharge and the slower transit of 137Cs from the catchment basin

  13. Changes in the forms of 137Cs and its availability for plants as dependent on properties of fallout after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident

    The dynamics of exchangeable and acid soluble 137Cs content in soils, as well as 137Cs transfer factors for natural vegetation were studied for different sites within a 50-km zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after the 1986 accident. Changes in 137Cs forms in soils during the 6 years after the accidental release of radioactive substances and availability of this radionuclide to plants at that time were dependent on the character of radioactive fallout (fuel particles, aerosols of different dispersion) and soil type. Transformation of different 137Cs species in soils with time after the accident was observed (destruction of fuel particles, ageing of 137Cs and changes in the 137Cs sorption strength of the soil solid phase). Behaviour of 137Cs in the 'near' and 'remote' zones was different. The content of exchangeable 137Cs in soils was found to have decreased after the accident. The average half-life of 137Cs in grass stand in dry meadow in the 'remote' zone is 3.5 years, and in the second (slower) period after the accident, this half-life for 137Cs will amount to about 17 years. The 137Cs transfer factors for peaty swamped soils were 3.7-6.6 times as high as for soils of automorphous series

  14. The distribution of 137Cs, K, Rb and Cs in plants in a Sphagnum-dominated peatland in eastern central Sweden

    We record the distribution of 137Cs, K, Rb and Cs within individual Sphagnum plants (down to 20 cm depth) as well as 137Cs in vascular plants growing on a peatland in eastern central Sweden. In Calluna vulgaris137Cs was mainly located within the green parts, whereas Andromeda polifolia, Eriophorum vaginatum and Vaccinium oxycoccos showed higher 137Cs activity in roots. Carex rostrata and Menyanthes trifoliata showed variable distribution of 137Cs within the plants. The patterns of 137Cs activity concentration distribution as well as K, Rb and Cs concentrations within individual Sphagnum plants were rather similar and were usually highest in the capitula and/or in the subapical segments and lowest in the lower dead segments, which suggests continuous relocation of those elements to the actively growing apical part. The 137Cs and K showed relatively weak correlations, especially in capitula and living green segments (0-10 cm) of the plant (r = 0.50). The strongest correlations were revealed between 137Cs and Rb (r = 0.89), and between 137Cs and stable Cs (r = 0.84). This suggests similarities between 137Cs and Rb in uptake and relocation within the Sphagnum, but that 137Cs differs from K.

  15. Investigation of spatial and temporal patterns of 137Cs partitioning in Eriophorum vaginatum L. in relation to its nutrient retrieval and storage strategy

    Relatively high levels of 137Cs from the Chernobyl accident in indigenous vegetation in infertile upland habitats in the UK have been partly attributed to strategies that permit efficient use of limited nutrient resources. This study investigated temporal and spatial patterns of 137Cs allocation in Eriophorum vaginatum L. (hare’s-tail cotton-grass) in relation to its nutrient retrieval and storage strategy. Plants were labelled with 137Cs via root uptake in April 1995 and dissected components were analysed on six occasions over the following 16 months. 137Cs remained relatively mobile in the plants and was re-circulated to new leaves and roots that were initiated after the labelling event. The retrieval of 137Cs from maturing leaves was less efficient than that documented for K and this represented a significant loss process of 137Cs from the biomass. A greater loss of 137Cs occurred through the roots. Consequently, successively produced leaves contained progressively less 137Cs and an exponential decline in the maximum pool of 137Cs (i.e. the maximum accumulation of 137Cs activity measured in a leaf) in successively produced leaves was observed. This study provides direct evidence that strategies that minimise nutrient losses and permit efficient use of limited nutrient resources in deciduous graminoids also prolong the presence of 137Cs in the vegetation of E. vaginatum. (author)

  16. Investigation of spatial and temporal patterns of 137Cs partitioning in Eriophorum vaginatum L. in relation to its nutrient retrieval and storage strategy

    Relatively high levels of 137Cs from the Chernobyl accident in indigenous vegetation in infertile upland habitats in the UK have been partly attributed to strategies that permit efficient use of limited nutrient resources. This study investigated temporal and spatial patterns of 137Cs allocation in Eriophorum vaginatum L. (hare's-tail cotton-grass) in relation to its nutrient retrieval and storage strategy. Plants were labelled with 137Cs via root uptake in April 1995 and dissected components were analysed on six occasions over the following 16 months. 137Cs remained relatively mobile in the plants and was re-circulated to new leaves and roots that were initiated after the labelling event. The retrieval of 137Cs from maturing leaves was less efficient than that documented for K and this represented a significant loss process of 137Cs from the biomass. A greater loss of 137Cs occurred through the roots. Consequently, successively produced leaves contained progressively less 137Cs and an exponential decline in the maximum pool of 137Cs (i.e. the maximum accumulation of 137Cs activity measured in a leaf) in successively produced leaves was observed. This study provides direct evidence that strategies that minimise nutrient losses and permit efficient use of limited nutrient resources in deciduous graminoids also prolong the presence of 137Cs in the vegetation of E. vaginatum. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  17. The distribution of {sup 137}Cs, K, Rb and Cs in plants in a Sphagnum-dominated peatland in eastern central Sweden

    Vinichuk, M., E-mail: mykhailo.vinichuk@mark.slu.s [Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, P.O. Box 7014, SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden); Department of Ecology, Zhytomyr State Technological University, 103 Chernyakhovsky Street, 10005 Zhytomyr (Ukraine); Johanson, K.J. [Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, P.O. Box 7014, SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden); Rydin, H. [Department of Plant Ecology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvaegen 18D, SE-752 36 Uppsala (Sweden); Rosen, K. [Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, P.O. Box 7014, SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2010-02-15

    We record the distribution of {sup 137}Cs, K, Rb and Cs within individual Sphagnum plants (down to 20 cm depth) as well as {sup 137}Cs in vascular plants growing on a peatland in eastern central Sweden. In Calluna vulgaris{sup 137}Cs was mainly located within the green parts, whereas Andromeda polifolia, Eriophorum vaginatum and Vaccinium oxycoccos showed higher {sup 137}Cs activity in roots. Carex rostrata and Menyanthes trifoliata showed variable distribution of {sup 137}Cs within the plants. The patterns of {sup 137}Cs activity concentration distribution as well as K, Rb and Cs concentrations within individual Sphagnum plants were rather similar and were usually highest in the capitula and/or in the subapical segments and lowest in the lower dead segments, which suggests continuous relocation of those elements to the actively growing apical part. The {sup 137}Cs and K showed relatively weak correlations, especially in capitula and living green segments (0-10 cm) of the plant (r = 0.50). The strongest correlations were revealed between {sup 137}Cs and Rb (r = 0.89), and between {sup 137}Cs and stable Cs (r = 0.84). This suggests similarities between {sup 137}Cs and Rb in uptake and relocation within the Sphagnum, but that {sup 137}Cs differs from K.

  18. Spatial patterns of 137Cs inventories and soil erosion from earth-banked terraces in the Yimeng Mountains, China

    The Yimeng Mountains is one of China's most susceptible regions to soil erosion. In this region, slopes are composed of granite- or gneiss-derived soils that are commonly cultivated using earth-banked terraces. Based on the 137Cs measurement for nine reference cores, the present study analysed the spatial patterns of 137Cs inventory and soil erosion using 105 sampling points in a seven-level earth-banked terrace system. The mean 137Cs inventory, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, and allowable error for the nine reference cores were 987 Bq m−2, 71 Bq m−2, 7%, and 6%, respectively, values that may reflect the heterogeneity of the initial 137Cs fallout deposit. Within each terrace, the 137Cs inventory generally increases from the rear edge to the front edge, accompanied by a decrease in the erosion rate. This results from planation by tillage and rainfall runoff during the development of the earth-banked terraces. Across the entire seven-level terrace system, 137Cs inventories decrease from the highest terrace downwards, but increase in the lower terraces, whereas erosion rate displays the opposite trend. These trends are the result of the combined effects of the earth-bank segmented hillslope, the limited protection of the earth banks, and rainfall runoff in combination with tillage. The high coefficients of variation of 137Cs inventories for the 21 sampling rows, with a mean value of 44%, demonstrate the combined effects of variations in original microtopography, anthropogenic disturbance, the incohesive soils weathered from underlying granite, and the warm climate. Although earth-banked terraces can reduce soil erosion to some extent, the estimated erosion rates for the study area are still very high. - Highlights: • Earth-banked terraces are widely distributed in the Chinese Yimeng Mountains. • Spatial patterns of 137Cs and erosion reflect terrace development processes. • Earth-banked terraces may limit soil erosion but rates remain very

  19. The fate of 137Cs in the coastal seas of Japan and resultant dose from intake through fishery products

    The relationship between the flux of the atmospheric 137Cs at the surface of the sea and the concentration in seawater was studied in order to elucidate its fate in the marine environment and to assess the radiological impacts to the human population. A simplified mathematical model was introduced to the present study assuming the first order kinetics to apply to the time course of 137Cs radioactivity concentration in seawater

  20. Inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizae does not improve 137Cs uptake in crops grown in the Chernobyl region

    Methods for cleaning up radioactive contaminated soils are urgently needed. In this study we investigated whether the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi can improve 137Cs uptake by crops. Barley, cucumber, perennial ryegrass, and sunflower were inoculated with AM fungi and grown in low-level radionuclide contaminated soils in a field experiment 70 km southwest of Chernobyl, Ukraine, during two successive years (2009–2010). Roots of barley, cucumber and sunflower plants were slightly or moderately infected with AM fungus and root infection frequency was negatively or non-correlated with 137Cs uptake by plants. Roots of ryegrass were moderately infected with AM fungus and infection frequency was moderately correlated with 137Cs uptake by ryegrass. The application of AM fungi to soil in situ did not enhance radionuclide plant uptake or biomass. The responsiveness of host plants and AM fungus combination to 137Cs uptake varied depending on the soil, although mycorrhization of soil in the field was conditional and did not facilitate the uptake of radiocesium. The total amount of 137Cs uptake by plants growing on inoculated soil was equal to amounts in plant cultivated on non-inoculated soil. Thus, the use of AM fungi in situ for bioremediation of soil contaminated with a low concentration of 137Cs could not be recommended. -- Highlights: • Effect of mycorrhization on 137Cs uptake by crops was studied in a field experiment. • AM fungi did not enhance radionuclide plant uptake or biomass. • Plants growing on inoculated and non-inoculated soil accumulate 137Cs equally

  1. Ecological half-life of 137Cs in fish from a stream contaminated by nuclear reactor effluents

    Radiocesium (137Cs) concentrations were determined during 1974, 1981 and 1998 for seven species of fish inhabiting a stream (Steel Creek) contaminated by effluents from a nuclear reactor to examine the decline of this radionuclide in a natural ecosystem. Median 137Cs concentrations were highest in Micropterus salmoides (largemouth bass) during each year of the investigation (1974=6.67 Bq g-1 dry wt. of whole body; 1981=3.72 Bq g-1; 1998=0.35 Bq g-1), but no patterns of differences were observed among Aphredoderus sayanus (pirate perch), Esox americanus (redfin pickerel), Lepomis auritus (redbreast sunfish), L. gulosus (warmouth), L. punctatus (spotted sunfish), and Notropis cummingsae (dusky shiner). Results demonstrated a rapid decline in 137Cs within fish from Steel Creek during the 24-year period. For example, 137Cs concentrations in all fish species declined significantly among years, even after accounting for radioactive decay. The observed percent declines in 137Cs concentrations of individual species were 3-4 times greater between 1974 and 1981 compared to that expected by physical decay alone, and 2-3 times greater during 1981-1998. Ecological half-lives (EHLs) of 137Cs in fish ranged from 4.43 years in A. sayanus to 6.53 years in L. gulosus. The EHL for 137Cs in all fish species combined was 5.54 years. Current levels of 137Cs in fish from Steel Creek (1.16 Bq g-1 dry wt. of whole body to below detection limits) indicate that the consumption of fish from this ecosystem poses little risk to humans and sensitive wildlife species. These results demonstrate the importance of incorporating the concept of ecological half-life into determinations concerning the length and severity of potential risks associated with radiocontaminants

  2. Modelling of {sup 137}Cs behaviour in the soil-plant system following the application of ameliorants

    Spiridonov, S.; Fesenko, S.; Sanzharova, N. [Russian Institute of Agricultural Radiology and Agroecology, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    2004-07-01

    A set of countermeasures aimed at reducing {sup 137}Cs uptake by plant products includes agrochemical measures based on changes in the soil properties after the application of ameliorants. The dynamic models for studying the effect of the application of potassium fertilizers and dolomite powder on {sup 137}Cs accumulation in plants are presented. Conceptual approaches to the development of models are based on the identification of mechanisms governing a complex of physico-chemical processes in soil after the use of ameliorants. The following assumptions were used in the development of models: - dynamics of {sup 137}Cs distribution in each soil layer depends on the sorption processes characterized by different time to achieve quasi-equilibrium (exchangeable uptake and fixation by clay minerals) as well as on vertical migration process; - change in {sup 137}Cs content in soil solution results from the radionuclide sorption on selective and nonselective exchange sites; - uptake of extra amounts of K{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} in soil solution produces effect on processes of {sup 137}Cs exchangeable sorption and initiate specific processes responsible for {sup 137}Cs fixation in the crystal lattice of clay minerals; - Ca{sup 2+} and K{sup +} cations have a competing effect on {sup 137}Cs uptake by plants from soil solution, which along with the fixation processes, causes lower accumulation of this radionuclide by plants during the application of ameliorants. The developed models were parameterized for soils of the coniferous forest located in the Bryansk region in area suffered from the radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl accident. Effects of ameliorants and time of their application on {sup 137}Cs behaviour in the soil-plant system are assessed. The contribution of soil chemical and biological processes to the decrease in the radionuclide uptake by plants is estimated. (author)

  3. A thermodynamic study of decontamination of soils contaminated with 137Cs radionuclide as the results of accident at Chernobyl NPP

    Thermodynamic characteristics of the process of soil decontamination from 137Cs by the their washing with eluting solution, Fe(3) and ammonium being included in its composition, have been determined. The decontamination process is 137Cs desorption as a result of destruction of cesium chelate complexes with humic acids. Fe3+ and Fe(OH)2+ substitution for Cs+ in the soils occurs spontaneously as a thermodynamically efficient process. 3 refs.; 1 fig

  4. Influence of 137Cs and 90Sr on vegetative and generative organs of Lepidium sativum L. and Tradescantia clone 02

    The impact of 137Cs and 90Sr activity concentrations from 0.4 to 400 kBq·L-1 and from 1 to 200 kBq·L-1, respectively, on seed germination of Lepidium sativum was insignificant; however, all concentrations of 137Cs and 30 kBq·L-1 concentration of 90Sr slightly stimulated root growth. The accumulated 137Cs and 90Sr stimulated shoot and parenchyma cell growth; 137Cs suppressed RNA-polymerase II activity, and 90Sr, on the contrary, stimulated it. Different genotoxic effects on Tradescantia clone 02 stamen hair cells were observed with comparable 137Cs and 90Sr activity concentrations. Activity concentrations of 137Cs from 0.001 to 1.3 kBq·L-1 were more effective in Tradescantia clone 02 stamen hair cell reproduction, whereas the studied activity concentrations of 90Sr (from 0.002 to 640 kBq·L-1) induced more mutations. (authors)

  5. Long-Term Reduction in 137Cs Concentration in Food Crops on Coral Atolls Resulting from Potassium Treatment

    Robison, W; Stone, E; Hamilton, T; Conrado, C

    2005-04-08

    Bikini Island was contaminated March 1, 1954 by the Bravo detonation (U.S nuclear test series, Castle) at Bikini Atoll. About 90% of the estimated dose from nuclear fallout to potential island residents is from cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) transferred from soil to plants that are consumed by residents. Thus, radioecology research efforts have been focused on removing {sup 137}Cs from soil and/or reducing its uptake into vegetation. Most effective was addition of potassium (K) to soil that reduces {sup 137}Cs concentration in fruits to 3-5% of pretreatment concentrations. Initial observations indicated this low concentration continued for some time after K was last applied. Long-term studies were designed to evaluate this persistence in more detail because it is very important to provide assurance to returning populations that {sup 137}Cs concentrations in food (and, therefore, radiation dose) will remain low for extended periods, even if K is not applied annually or biennially. Potassium applied at 300, 660, 1260, and 1970 kg ha{sup -1} lead to a {sup 137}Cs concentration in drinking coconut meat that is 34, 22, 10, and about 4 % of original concentration, respectively. Concentration of {sup 137}Cs remains low 8 to 10 y after K is last applied. An explanation for this unexpected result is discussed.

  6. Long-Term Reduction in 137Cs Concentration in Food Crops on Coral Atolls Resulting from Potassium Treatment

    Robison, W L; Stone, E L; Hamilton, T F; Conrado, C L

    2004-04-14

    Bikini Island was contaminated March 1, 1954 by the Bravo detonation (U.S nuclear test series, Castle) at Bikini Atoll. About 90% of the estimated dose from nuclear fallout to potential island residents is from cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) transferred from soil to plants that are consumed by residents. Thus, radioecology research efforts have been focused on removing {sup 137}Cs from soil and/or reducing its uptake into vegetation. Most effective was addition of potassium (K) to soil that reduces {sup 137}Cs concentration in fruits to 3-5% of pretreatment concentrations. Initial observations indicated this low concentration continued for some time after K was last applied. Long-term studies were designed to evaluate this persistence in more detail because it is very important to provide assurance to returning populations that {sup 137}Cs concentrations in food (and, therefore, radiation dose) will remain low for extended periods, even if K is not applied annually or biennially. Potassium applied at 300, 660, 1260, and 2070 kg ha{sup -1} lead to a {sup 137}Cs concentration in drinking coconut meat that is 34, 22, 10, and about 4% of original concentration, respectively. Concentration of {sup 137}Cs remains low 8 to 10 y after K is last applied. An explanation for this unexpected result is discussed.

  7. Desorption of 137Cs from Cetraria islandica (L. Ach. using solutions of acids and their salts mixtures

    ANA A. ČUČULOVIĆ

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The desorption of 137Cs from Cetraria islandica (L. Ach. lichen was investigated using the solutions: A H2SO4–HNO3–K2SO4, B H2SO4–HNO3–Na2SO4 and C H2SO4–HNO3– (NH42SO4–(NH4NO3 at pH 2.00, 2.58, 2.87, 3.28 and 3.75, similar to acid rain. After five consecutive desorptions using solutions A, B and C, from 44.0 % (solution B, pH 3.75 to 68.8 % (solution C, pH 3.28 of 137Cs had been desorbed from the lichen. In all cases, the most successful 137Cs desorption was the first one. In the presence of K+ (solution A the total amount of desorbed 137Cs did not depend on the pH of the solution and this was confirmed by the analogous reactions of Cs+ and K+, due to their similar ionic radii. The dependencies of the non-desorbed content of 137Cs on the number of desorptions gave curves indicating that at least two types of sorption occur. One of them can be dominant if suitable desorbants are used. The results indicate lichens as secondary sources of environment pollution with 137Cs.

  8. Radiation doses to frogs inhabiting a wetland ecosystem in an area of Sweden contaminated with 137Cs

    Internal and external radiation doses to frogs living in a wetland ecosystem contaminated with 137Cs were estimated. The external doses were calculated from measured concentrations of 137Cs in soil and in water taking into account changes in the habitat during the frogs' life cycle. The internal dose was estimated from measured concentrations of 137Cs in living frogs (Rana arvalis) using a whole-body counter. The average inventory of 137Cs in the soil was approximately 1000 kBq/m2 of which 86-99 % was found in the top 12 cm. The concentrations of 137Cs in frogs varied between 560 and 3450 Bq/kg ww. The estimated external dose rate was between 21 and 160 mGy/y, while the internal dose of beta and gamma was only between 1 and 6.2 mGy/y. The estimated total dose rate to frogs from 137Cs was below the expected safe level for terrestrial populations but close to the critical dose rate for amphibians suggested in the literature. Therefore, the radiation risk to frogs from radiocaesium in the study area may be one more stressor for an endangered group of animals in this ecosystem. (author)

  9. Bioavailability of 137Cs - geographical variability in Swedish forest- and arable soil. Construction of a database using GIS

    Soil acts as a sink for long-lived radionuclides such as 137Cs . The bioavailability and the plant root uptake of 137Cs are therefore influenced by chemical and physical characteristics of the soil. The aim of this study is to gather information about Swedish soil conditions, focusing on parameters known to influence the bioavailability of 137Cs and to indicate areas which may have a higher probability of containing persistent bioavailable 137Cs. This project was carried out in two parts. First, an information database on soil properties in Swedish forest and agricultural landscapes was constructed using GIS (Geographic Information System). Next, Swedish agricultural and forest soils were characterised according to low, intermediate and high estimated bioavailability of 137Cs. Agricultural soils were ranked according to clay and organic matter content; forest soils according to podzol, cambisol and peat. The physical and chemical properties of agricultural soils are quite different from forest soils. In contrast to forest soils, agricultural soils are characterised by reduced quantities of organic matter and a higher proportion of clay. Several investigations have indicated. a faster decline in 137Cs levels in agricultural soils when compared to forest soils. Due to these differences, these soil types are dealt with separately in this report

  10. Soil-to-plant transfer of 137Cs and 40K in an Atlantic blanket bog ecosystem

    The transfer of 137Cs and 40K from soil to vegetation was studied in an Atlantic blanket bog ecosystem along the Atlantic coast of Ireland where the dominant vegetation is a mixture of Calluna vulgaris, Eriophorum vaginatum and Sphagnum mosses. The impact of soil chemistry and nutritional status of vegetation on the uptake of both radionuclides was also examined. Cesium-137 transfer factors values ranged from 1.9 to 9.6 and accumulation of 137Cs was higher in the leaves of C. vulgaris than in the stems. Transfer factors values for 137Cs in both C. vulgaris and E. vaginatum were similar indicating that for the vegetation studied, uptake is not dependent on plant species. The uptake of 137Cs in bog vegetation was found to be positively correlated with the nutrient status of vegetation, in particular the secondary nutrients, calcium and magnesium. Potassium-40 transfer factors ranged from 0.9 to 13.8 and uptake was higher in E. vaginatum than in C. vulgaris, however, unlike 137Cs, the concentrations of 40K within the leaves and stems of C. vulgaris were similar. The concentration of both 137Cs and 40K found in moss samples were in general lower than those found in vascular plants. (author)

  11. Long-term reduction in 137Cs concentration in food crops on coral atolls resulting from potassium treatment

    Bikini Island was contaminated on March 1, 1954 by the Bravo detonation (U.S. nuclear test series, Castle) at Bikini Atoll. About 90% of the estimated dose from nuclear fallout to potential island residents is from cesium-137 (137Cs) transferred from soil to plants that are consumed by residents. Thus, radioecology research efforts have been focused on removing 137Cs from soil and/or reducing its uptake into vegetation. Most effective was addition of potassium (K) to soil that reduces 137Cs concentration in fruits to 3-5% of pretreatment concentrations. Initial observations indicated this low concentration continued for some time after K was last applied. Long-term studies were designed to evaluate this persistence in more detail because it is very important to provide assurance to returning populations that 137Cs concentrations in food (and, therefore, radiation dose) will remain low for extended periods, even if K is not applied annually or biennially. Potassium applied at 300, 660, 1260, and 2070 kg ha-1 lead to a 137Cs concentration in drinking-coconut meat that is 34, 22, 10, and about 4% of original concentration, respectively. Concentration of 137Cs remains low 8-10 y after K is last applied. An explanation for this unexpected result is discussed

  12. Long-term reduction in (137)Cs concentration in food crops on coral atolls resulting from potassium treatment.

    Robison, William L; Stone, E L; Hamilton, T F; Conrado, C L

    2006-01-01

    Bikini Island was contaminated on March 1, 1954 by the Bravo detonation (U.S. nuclear test series, Castle) at Bikini Atoll. About 90% of the estimated dose from nuclear fallout to potential island residents is from cesium-137 ((137)Cs) transferred from soil to plants that are consumed by residents. Thus, radioecology research efforts have been focused on removing (137)Cs from soil and/or reducing its uptake into vegetation. Most effective was addition of potassium (K) to soil that reduces (137)Cs concentration in fruits to 3-5% of pretreatment concentrations. Initial observations indicated this low concentration continued for some time after K was last applied. Long-term studies were designed to evaluate this persistence in more detail because it is very important to provide assurance to returning populations that (137)Cs concentrations in food (and, therefore, radiation dose) will remain low for extended periods, even if K is not applied annually or biennially. Potassium applied at 300, 660, 1260, and 2070 kg ha(-1) lead to a (137)Cs concentration in drinking-coconut meat that is 34, 22, 10, and about 4% of original concentration, respectively. Concentration of (137)Cs remains low 8-10 y after K is last applied. An explanation for this unexpected result is discussed. PMID:16650918

  13. Long-term simulations of the 137Cs dispersion from the Fukushima accident in the world ocean

    The LAMER calculation code was used for simulation of the distribution of 137Cs released after the Fukushima accident into the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The maximum 137Cs concentration predicted for surface waters of the open NW Pacific Ocean in 2012 (21 Bq/m3 at 38°N, 164°E) will be comparable to that observed during the early 1960s after atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. The 137Cs in surface waters of the Pacific Ocean will reach the US coast 4–5 y after the accident, however, the levels will be low (3). All the North Pacific Ocean will be labeled with Fukushima 137Cs 10 y after the accident with concentrations below 1 Bq/m3. Thirty years after the accident the 137Cs levels in the Pacific and Indian Oceans will be below 0.1 Bq/m3, i.e. undetectable on the present global fallout background. The effective dose commitment with ingestion of marine biota found in 2012 in the open NW Pacific Ocean was estimated to be 1.7 μSv/y, mostly delivered by 134,137Cs. The estimated dose is by about a factor of 500 lower than the present dose limit for the public.

  14. 137Cs in freshwater fish in Finland since 1986 - a statistical analysis with multivariate linear regression models

    The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 significantly elevated the 137Cs levels of fish in Finnish lakes. About 6200 fish samples from 390 lakes comprising 20 species have been analysed for 137Cs since 1986. The sizes of the lakes varied from a few hectares to about 1000 km2. Activity concentrations of 137Cs in fish still varied widely in 2003, from 16 to 6400 Bq/kg fresh weight. This paper presents the results of statistical analyses with multivariate linear regression models carried out on the empirical data collected since 1986. The statistical analysis resulted in separate models for two time periods describing temporal changes of 137Cs in fish. The explanatory variables were fish species with various feeding habits, the size class of the lake, municipal division, drainage area, time since the deposition and deposition level of the municipality. The calculated values for 137Cs in fish did not differ statistically significantly from the observed values in the validation data. The explanatory variables explained 58% (the first time period) and 72% (the second time period) of the total variability of 137Cs in fish

  15. The transfer of 137Cs through the soil-plant-sheep food chain in different pasture ecosystems

    A grazing experiment with sheep was carried out in 1990-1993 on natural, semi-natural and cultivated pasture on clay soil. The pastures were located in Southern Finland and were moderately contaminated with 137 Cs by Chernobyl fallout. Natural pasture refers to forest pasture and semi-natural pasture to set-aside field pasture, the latter having been under cultivation about 15 years ago. The transfer of 137 Cs to sheep was clearly higher from forest pasture than from the other two pastures and it was lowest from cultivated pasture. The transfer was higher to muscle and kidney than to liver and heart. The transfer of 137 Cs to plants and to meat varied with years. Seasonal variation in the plant 137 Cs was followed-up on forest and set-aside field pasturerespect to 137 Cs transfer to plants, the mean soil-plant transfer factors of 137 Cs for forest, set-aside field and cultivated pastures were 1.78, 0.36 and 0.09, and soil-meat aggregated transfer factors 11.0, 0.28 and 0.03, respectively

  16. Cycling of 137Cs in soil and vegetation of a flood plain 30 years after initial contamination

    Distribution of radiocesium was determined in soil and vegetation components of a flood plain contaminated by Manhattan Project operations in 1944. Thirty years after contaminated waste effluents were deposited in a temporary holding basin, practically all the soil 137Cs was still within 60 cm of the soil surface. Maximum 137Cs concentrations occurred in the 12- to 22-cm horizon. Concentrations throughout the flood plain were variable; maximum levels of 137Cs exceeded 20,000 pCi/g; intermediate levels of 5,000 to 20,000 pCi/g were encountered along the watercourse, and concentrations less than 5,000 pCi/g were found along the flood plain margins. Relative concentrations in soil, roots and aboveground vegetation (expressed as ratios on a gram per gram basis) were 0.6 for root/soil, 0.03 for aboveground vegetation/soil, and 0.04 for aboveground vegetation/roots. Vegetation-soil ratios ranged from 0.001 to 0.53 for all species, and average ratios for the 30-yr postcontamination study showed that the relative 137Cs distribution between plants and soil has not changed from distributions reported 15 yr ago. The results also indicated that ratios were higher at low soil-137Cs concentration. Thus, when soil and environmental conditions remain unchanged over a 30-yr period, the relative concentration of 137Cs between plants and soil does not appear to change as a function of time

  17. Long-term decline of 137Cs concentration in honey in the second decade after the Chernobyl accident

    In the years 2001-2004 the 137Cs activity was investigated in a total of 336 samples of different varieties of honey harvested in the Liguria Region of Northern Italy. Our purpose was to define (a) residual radioactive contamination following the Chernobyl accident and 137Cs long-term decline, (b) correlation between 137Cs activity and different honey varieties, and (c) correlation between 137Cs activity and the prevailing geomorphological configuration in the collection areas. The mean 137Cs specific activity was 4.33 ± 5.04 S.D. Bq/kg. Chestnut honey showed higher levels of radioactive contamination, which were ascribed to the extensive, superficial and deep, root apparatus of the tree. Honey samples from acidic argillite soils, which withhold radionuclides after deposition and slowly release them to plants, also showed higher 137Cs activity. Long-term decline was calculated at 456 days, a value lower than those published from different food sources in the years following the accident. The rate of long-term decline decreases with time

  18. Transfer of Chernobyl-derived 134Cs, 137Cs, 131I and 103Ru from flowers to honey and pollen

    The activity concentrations of 137Cs, 134Cs, 131I and 103Ru were determined separately in honey and pollen samples collected from a single bee colony during several months after the deposition of Chernobyl fallout. The source of each honey and pollen sample was determined by pollen analysis. Although the activity concentrations in honey and pollen varied with time, the concentrations of 137Cs and 134Cs were, in general, higher in pollen than in honey. For 103Ru and 131I, these differences were comparatively small. The mean 131I/137Cs and 103Ru/137Cs ratios were about one order of magnitude higher in honey than in pollen. The mean 131I/103Ru ratio was about the same for honey and pollen. This observation, in the light of the corresponding nuclide ratios found in the deposition, suggests that 137Cs, 134Cs, 131I and 103Ru were taken up by the plant leaves and transported to nectar and pollen. The higher activity concentrations of 137Cs and 134Cs in pollen, relative to honey, indicate that these radionuclides behave analogously to potassium, which is also found in higher quantities in pollen. (author)

  19. 137Cs in biota and sediment samples from Turkish coast of the Black Sea, 1997-1998

    During the periods of 1997-1998, macroalgae, sea snail, mussel, fish and sediment samples were collected from different stations at Turkish Black Sea coast in order to determine activity levels of 137Cs radionuclide. 137Cs activity in the tested algae species and in soft parts of mussel and sea snail, were found to be below the lower limit of detection. On the other hand, the 137Cs concentration in muscle tissue of the sea snail samples were found from 6±2 to 19±7 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The range of the 137Cs concentration in anchovy fish muscles were found between 4±2 - 10±5 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The 137Cs concentration in the whiting fish muscle was found below the lower limit of detection. However, this activity found in shad fish muscle to be 25±10 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The concentrations of the 137Cs activity in the sediment samples proved that the eastern region of the Black Sea was affected by Chernobyl at a very high degree compared with the western part. The measured 238U, 232Th and 40K concentrations in sediment samples are within the range of the cited values in the previous works at the Turkish Black Sea coast. (author)

  20. Deposition of atmospheric {sup 137}Cs in Japan associated with the Asian dust event of March 2002

    Fujiwara, Hideshi [National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, 3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8604 (Japan)], E-mail: hfuji@affrc.go.jp; Fukuyama, Taijiro [National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, 3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8604 (Japan); Shirato, Yasuhito [Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950 (Japan); Ohkuro, Toshiya [Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and Planning, Department of Ecosystem Studies, University of Tokyo, 1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 113-8657 (Japan); Taniyama, Ichiro [National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, 3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8604 (Japan); Zhang, Tong-Hui [Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Donggang West Road 260, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2007-10-01

    Considerable deposition of {sup 137}Cs was observed in the northwestern coastal area of Japan in March 2002. Since there were no nuclear explosions or serious nuclear accidents in the early 2000s, transport of previously contaminated dust appears to be the only plausible explanation for this event. In March 2002, there was a massive sandstorm on the East Asian continent, and the dust raised by the storm was transported across the sea to Japan. This dust originated in Mongolia and northeastern China, in an area distant from the Chinese nuclear test site at Lop Nor or any other known possible sources of {sup 137}Cs. Our radioactivity measurements showed {sup 137}Cs enrichment in the surface layer of grassland soils in the area of the sandstorm, which we attributed to accumulation as a result of past nuclear testing. We suggest that the grassland is a potential source of {sup 137}Cs-bearing soil particles. Since the late 1990s, this area has experienced drought conditions, resulting in a considerable reduction of vegetation cover. We attribute the prodigious release of {sup 137}Cs-bearing soil particles into the atmosphere during the sandstorm and the subsequent deposition of {sup 137}Cs in Japan to this change.

  1. A first attempt to derive soil erosion rates from 137Cs airborne gamma measurements in two Alpine valleys

    Arata, Laura; Meusburger, Katrin; Bucher, Benno; Mabit, Lionel; Alewell, Christine

    2016-04-01

    The application of fallout radionuclides (FRNs) as soil tracers is currently one of the most promising and effective approach for evaluating soil erosion magnitudes in mountainous grasslands. Conventional assessment or measurement methods are laborious and constrained by the topographic and climatic conditions of the Alps. The 137Cs (half-life = 30.2 years) is the most frequently used FRN to study soil redistribution. However the application of 137Cs in alpine grasslands is compromised by the high heterogeneity of the fallout due to the origin of 137Cs fallout in the Alps, which is linked to single rain events occurring just after the Chernobyl accident when most of the Alpine soils were still covered by snow. The aim of this study was to improve our understanding of the 137Cs distribution in two study areas in the Central Swiss Alps: the Ursern valley (Canton Uri), and the Piora valley (Canton Ticino). In June 2015, a helicopter equipped with a NaI gamma detector flew over the two study sites and screened the 137Cs activity of the top soil. The use of airborne gamma measurements is particularly efficient in case of higher 137Cs concentration in the soil. Due to their high altitude and high precipitation rates, the Swiss Alps are expected to be more contaminated by 137Cs fallout than other parts of Switzerland. The airborne gamma measurements have been related to several key parameters which characterize the areas, such as soil properties, slopes, expositions and land uses. The ground truthing of the airborne measurements (i.e. the 137Cs laboratory measurements of the soil samples collected at the same points) returned a good fit. The obtained results offer an overview of the 137Cs concentration in the study areas, which allowed us to identify suitable reference sites, and to analyse the relationship between the 137Cs distribution and the above cited parameters. The authors also derived a preliminary qualitative and a quantitative assessment of soil redistribution

  2. Effect of wood ash and K-fertilization on {sup 137}Cs uptake by selected forest plants

    Mandro, Yrii N. [Zhytomyr State Technological University, P.O. Box 10005 Zhytomyr (Ukraine); Rosen, Klas [Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences P.O. Box 7070 SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden); Vinichuk, Mykhailo M. [Zhytomyr State Technological University, P.O. Box 10005 Zhytomyr (Ukraine); Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences P.O. Box 7070 SE-750 07 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2014-07-01

    Accumulation {sup 137}Cs by different forest plants and trees after fertilization of soil with potassium and wood ash ({sup 137}Cs-contaminated and non-contaminated) in forest ecosystems of Ukraine contaminated by radionuclides after Chernobyl accident in 1986 was studied. Experiment is performed in Bazar forestry, Zhytomyr region, Ukraine, located about 70 km (51 deg. 5'35'' N, 29 deg. 18'56'' E) from Chernobyl NPP. Potassium fertilizer (KCl, wooden ash (Ash), and {sup 137}Cs-contaminated ash ({sup 137}CsAsh) in different combinations) were spread on the forest floor in April 2012 at a rate corresponding 100 kg/ha potassium. The experiment layout was as follows: 1- Control (no fertilizers were applied), 2- KCl, 3- Ash + KCl, 4- Ash + {sup 137}CsAsh, 5- Ash, 6- {sup 137}CsAsh + KCl. Samples (leaves and annual shoots) of blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), birch (Betula), buckthorn (Frangula) and oak (Quercus robur) and also mushrooms (fruit bodies of Russula, Lactarius, Cantharellus, Collybia etc.) and berries (blueberry and cowberry) were taken monthly from each treatment. Samples were measured for {sup 137}Cs with calibrated HPGe detectors. The results of the first year studies show variation of Transfer Factors (TF) for different plants and for the same plants on different treatments. The effect of fertilization was found for blueberry on Ash-applicated (TF = 0.0085 ± 0.0025), {sup 137}CsAsh + KCl-applicated (TF = 0.0105 ± 0.0060) and Ash + KCl-applicated (TF = 0.0123 ± 0.0058) treatments compared to Control (TF = 0.0163 ± 0.0092). Also good effect for rowan on Ash + KCl-applicated treatment (TF = 0.0067 ± 0.0024) compared to Control (TF = 0.0100 ± 0.0064). Effect was less obvious for birch on Ash + KCl-applicated treatment and for cowberry on Ash + KCl-applicated treatment. There was not found an obvious effect of fertilization for buckthorn. Positive effect of

  3. Speciation of {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs in Techa river water

    Osipov, D.; Andreev, S.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine (Russian Federation); Teien, H.C. [Norwegian University of Life Sciences - UMB, Center of Excellence in Environmental Radioactivity - CERAD (Norway)

    2014-07-01

    The concentration and speciation of {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs were measured in the upper, middle and lower reaches of Techa River, South Ural, Russia in 2012 and 2013. To obtain information of the physical-chemical forms of the radionuclides (RN) in Techa River water, at site size fractionation of water was performed using filtration and ultrafiltration. Using both membrane filters (10 μm and 0.45 μm) and hollow fiber (10 kDa cutoff), following size fractionation were determined: - Particulate RN: size fraction 0.45-10 μm. Excluded by 0.45 μm membrane filter, but passing 10 μm membrane filter - Colloidal RN: size fraction 10 kDa - 0.45 μm. Excluded by hollow fibre of 10 kDa cutoff, but passing 0.45 μm membrane filter - Low molecular mass (LMM) RN: less than 10 kDa. Determined in ultra-filtrated water. Results demonstrated that the concentration of {sup 90}Sr in samples, passed through 10 μm membrane filter, is practically equal to its concentration in ultra-filtered water, both in spring and summer 2012 and 2013. This suggests that {sup 90}Sr is not associated with particulate or colloidal material in the river water, but mainly presents as LMM species, probably ions in a biologically available form. {sup 137}Cs was, however present in different size fractions and the distribution of size fractions depending upon location in river and time of sampling. In the upper part of Techa River {sup 137}Cs was mainly present as LMM species, about 70% and 100% in spring 2012 and 2013, respectively. The remaining part was present as particles larger than 0.45 μm. In the summer 2012, about 15% of the radionuclide was in LMM form and, consequently, almost equal quantities - 46% and 39% - were in colloidal and particulate forms, respectively. At station in the middle reach of Techa River, about 25% and 40% of {sup 137}Cs was present as LMM species, in spring 2012 and 2013, respectively. The remaining part was mainly present as colloidal species. At station in the lower

  4. Natural radionuclides and 137Cs in commercialized edible mushrooms in Sao Paulo-Brazil

    Artificial and natural radionuclides are commonly found in several compartments of the earth's crust. Some mushroom species have a high capacity to absorb radionuclides and toxic elements from the soil. Diet is considered as one of the main routes of radioactive contamination. Therefore, radioactivity measurements in the environment and in food are extremely important to monitor the radiation levels that human can be exposed to either directly or indirectly. Environmental bio monitoring has demonstrated that diverse organisms such as crustaceans, fish and mushrooms are useful when evaluating both the contamination and the quality of the ecosystems. There are actually several radionuclides that can be accumulated in mushrooms, including 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U. There are few studies in the Southern hemisphere countries, on the natural and artificial radioactivity levels in mushrooms. The present study evaluated 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U in commercialized edible mushrooms in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The edible mushroom samples were acquired in different commercial establishments in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region, specifically in Municipal Markets. Some samples were acquired directly from producers located in the cities of Mogi das Cruzes, Mirandopolis, Suzano and Juquitiba. About 400g were collected for each edible mushroom species, which included Agaricus sp, Pleurotus sp and Lentinula sp species. All the samples were prepared and stored in polyethylene bottles for approximately 35 days, so that secular equilibrium could be established before counting. The 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U gamma activities were measured by gamma spectrometry. The equipment consisted of a Hyper pure Germanium detector connected to an electronic system. The detector efficiency was obtained from measurements of reference materials: IAEA-300, IAEA-327 and IAEA-375. The results for the specific activities in edible mushrooms samples ranged fi-om 461 to 1535 Bq kg-1, 1.4 to 10.6 Bq

  5. Adsorption models of {sup 137}Cs radionuclide and Sr (II) on some Egyptian soils

    Kamel, Nariman H.M., E-mail: Narimankamel@hotmail.co [Radiation Protection Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. Box 13759, Cairo (Egypt)

    2010-04-15

    Distribution of cesium ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs) and strontium (Sr-II) between soil/water phases depends on many factors such as concentration of these ions between phases, the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of the soil as well as its clay content, chemical composition (especially Na, K, Ca, and Mg ions), grain size distribution, calcite, iron oxide content, and organic coatings. Distribution coefficients (Kd) of cesium (labeled with {sup 137}Cs) and strontium were measured on the grain size distributions >=32 mum of four soil samples. These soils were obtained from four different locations within Inshas site in Egypt and three groundwater samples were obtained from the same site locations. X-ray diffraction showed that the soil samples consisted mainly of quartz mixed with the minor amounts of kaolonite and clay minerals. Sorption experiments were carried out at strontium aqueous concentrations range 10{sup -7} to 10{sup -4} mol l{sup -1}. The CEC and Kds for cesium and strontium were measured at the same metal concentrations range. Distribution coefficients of cesium were found to be influenced by the composition of the soil, while the distribution coefficients of strontium were found to depend on calcium concentrations in the soil/groundwater system. The aim of this study was to determine the safety assessment of disposal {sup 137}Cs radionuclide and Sr(II) in the aquifer regions inside the Inshas site. Sequential extraction tests showed that, strontium was associated with the carbonate fractions and majority of cesium was sorbed on the iron oxides and the residue.

  6. Effect of deposit feeders on migration of 137Cs in lake sediments

    Illite clay particles with adsorbed 137Cs were added as a submillimeter layer to the surface of silt-clay sediments contained in rectangular Plexiglas cells stored in a temperature-regulated aquarium, in order to trace the effect of the oligochaete, Tubifex tubifex, and the amphipod, Pontoporeia hoyi, on mass redistribution near the sediment-water interface. A well-collimated NaI gamma detector scanned each sediment column (approximately 10 cm deep) at daily or weekly intervals of six months, depicting the time evolution of radioactivity with and without added benthos. In a cell with tubificids (approximately 5 X 104 m-2), which feed below 3 cm and defecate on surface sediments, the labeled layer was buried at a rate of 0.052 +- 0.007 cm/day (200C). When labeled particles entered the feeding zone, 137Cs reappeared in surface sediments creating a bimodal activity profile. In time, the activity tended toward a uniform distribution over the upper 6 cm, decreasing exponentially below to undetectable levels by 9 cm. In a cell with amphipods (approximately 1.6 X 104 m-2) uniform activity developed rapidly (approximately 17 days) down to a well-defined depth (1.5 cm). The mixing of sediments by Pontoporeia is described by a simple quantitative model of eddy diffusive mixing of sediment solids. The value of the diffusion coefficient, 4.4 cm2/yr (70C) was computed from a least squares fit of theoretical to observed profile broadening over time. In a cell without benthos, small but measurable migration of 137Cs indicated an effective molecular diffusion coefficient of 0.02 cm2/yr. (Auth.)

  7. Modeling dynamics of (137)Cs in forest surface environments: Application to a contaminated forest site near Fukushima and assessment of potential impacts of soil organic matter interactions.

    Ota, Masakazu; Nagai, Haruyasu; Koarashi, Jun

    2016-05-01

    A process-based model for (137)Cs transfer in forest surface environments was developed to assess the dynamic behavior of Fukushima-derived (137)Cs in a Japanese forest. The model simulation successfully reproduced the observed data from 3year migration of (137)Cs in the organic and mineral soil layers at a contaminated forest near Fukushima. The migration of (137)Cs from the organic layer to the mineral soil was explained by the direct deposition pattern on the forest floor and the turnover of litter materials in the organic layer under certain ecological conditions. Long-term predictions indicated that more than 90% of the deposited (137)Cs would remain within the top 5cm of the soil for up to 30years after the accident, suggesting that the forest acts as an effective long-term reservoir of (137)Cs with limited transfer via the groundwater pathway. The model was also used to explore the potential impacts of soil organic matter (SOM) interactions on the mobility and bioavailability of (137)Cs in the soil-plant system. The simulation results for hypothetical organic soils with modified parameters of (137)Cs turnover revealed that the SOM-induced reduction of (137)Cs adsorption elevates the fraction of dissolved (137)Cs in the soil solution, thereby increasing the soil-to-plant transfer of (137)Cs without substantially altering the fractional distribution of (137)Cs in the soil. Slower fixation of (137)Cs on the flayed edge site of clay minerals and enhanced mobilization of the clay-fixed (137)Cs in organic-rich soils also appeared to elevate the soil-to-plant transfer of (137)Cs by increasing the fraction of the soil-adsorbed (exchangeable) (137)Cs. A substantial proportion (approximate 30%-60%) of (137)Cs in these organic-rich soils was transferred to layers deeper than 5cm decades later. These results suggested that SOM influences the behavior of (137)Cs in forests over a prolonged period through alterations of adsorption and fixation in the soil. PMID:26897402

  8. Laboratory analyses and optimalization of 137 Cs and 90 Sr phytoremediation

    Soudek, Petr; Tykva, Richard; Vaněk, Tomáš

    Bordeaux : INRA Centre BordeauxAquitaine, 2003 - (Mench, M.; Mocquot, B.), s. 51-53 ISBN 2-9520207-0-1. [Bordeaux' 2002. WG2 Workshop /4./. Bordeaux (FR), 25.04.2002-27.04.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA6055902; GA AV ČR IBS4055014; GA MŠk OC 837.10 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4055905 Keywords : 137Cs * 90Sr * phytoremediation Subject RIV: DL - Nuclear Waste, Radioactive Pollution ; Quality

  9. Incorporation of {sup 137}Cs by tropical tree species and its correlation with plant physiology

    Cid, Alberto Silva; Anjos, Roberto Meigikos dos; Macario, K.D.; Veiga, R.; Ayubi, J. Juri; Lacerda, T. [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica; Zamboni, C.B.; Medeiros, I.M.A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN- SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Velasco, H.; Rizzotto, M. [Universidad Nacional de San Luis (UNSL) (Argentina). Instituto de Matematica Aplicada San Luis; Audicio, P. [Facultad de Ciencias (UDELAR), Montevideo (Uruguay). Centro de Investigaciones Nucleares

    2011-07-01

    Environmental phenomena associated with potential releases of radionuclides to terrestrial ecosystems have attracted the interest of several researches around the world. However, such interest has not been focused exclusively in its effects on human health. Several radionuclides have also been used as tracers of physicochemical or biological phenomena. These studies depend on both the development of auxiliary analysis techniques, which help to improve the results of traditional methods, and the production of additional data, so that a wide variety of natural processes can be understood. In this sense, the same radiometric results can be analyzed or interpreted from different viewpoints, allowing the interdisciplinary understanding of the overall structure of terrestrial ecosystems. {sup 137}Cs, for example, is one of the main fission products of nuclear reactors and atmospheric nuclear testing that is persistent in the biosphere because of its half-life of 30.2 years and biological mobility. This radionuclide remains in the top soil due to fixation and adsorption to clay minerals and organic matter, persisting in the root zone of plant for a long period of time. As its chemical behavior is similar to other monovalent inorganic cations (such as NH{sup +}{sub 4} , Na{sup +} and K{sup +}), Cs{sup +} can be readily absorbed by roots and translocated to the aboveground parts of plant. In this work, concentrations of {sup 137}Cs{sup +}, K{sup +} and Na{sup +} in fruits of lemon (Citrus limon B.) and coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) were measured by both gamma spectrometry and neutron activation analysis, with the aim to understand the behavior of monovalent inorganic cations in tropical plants as well as the plant ability to store these elements. In contrast to K{sup +} and Na{sup +}, Cs{sup +} is not an essential element to plants. However, our results have shown that {sup 137}Cs{sup +} incorporation to vegetal tissues is positively correlated to K{sup +} distribution inside

  10. Transfer of Chernobyl-derived 137Cs into fishes in some Finnish lakes

    This report summarises STUK's work for the hydrological modelling (WG 4) in RODOS C, a project co-ordinated by the EU, in 1996-1999. The role of STUK in the project was to provide a data set on the radio-caesium contents in different types of fish and lakes in northern European environmental conditions for the development of a dynamic regional model describing radio-caesium transfer into fish. The co-operating institute, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), was responsible for the modelling work in this project. Besides the analysed data on 137Cs in the various fish species in the lakes, background information was produced on lakes and their drainage areas that might affect radio-caesium transfer into fish, which was needed for the development of fish, lake and drainage basin models. The role of STUK included also providing another, independent data set for the validation of the model. The proposals and needs of the co-operating institute, VTT, were taken into account. One of the factors strongly affecting the transfer of 137Cs into fish is the nutrition level of the lake. The average transfer of 137Cs in predators at the time of maximum activity concentrations in oligotrophic lakes was found to be up to 0.10 m2/kg, implying that approximately 10% of the amount of 137Cs deposited on one square metre is transferred into 1 kg of fish. The corresponding transfer in eutrophic lakes was clearly lower,.i.e. 3- 4%, at the time of maximum concentrations, which usually occurred 1- 3 years after the deposition, depending on the fish species. These time-dependent transfer coefficients can be regarded as a kind of a lake-specific model. If deposition to the lake is known, the activity concentrations in fish can be estimated within specific uncertainty limits, by multiplying the deposition value by the transfer coefficient at a certain time point. Temporal changes in annual averages of transfer coefficients with variation for a certain set of lakes and for three lake

  11. In Situ Remediation of {sup 137}Cs Contaminated Wetlands Using Naturally Occurring Minerals

    Kaplan, D.I.

    1999-08-11

    Cesium-137 has contaminated a large area of the wetlands on the Savannah River Site. Remediation of the contaminated wetlands is problematic because current techniques destroy the sensitive ecosystem and generate a higher dose to workers. To address this problem, we proposed a non-trusive, in situ technology to sequester 137Cs in sediments. One intention of this study was to provide information regarding a go/no go decision for future work. Since the proof-of-concept was successful and several minerals were identified as potential candidates for this technology, a go decision was made.

  12. Transfer of 137Cs from cooking water to some green-stuffs samples

    The radionuclide in contaminated freshwater may directly gain access to the human body by drinking fresh water and cooking food with such water. During cooking, the radionuclide present in the water may be transferred to the various ingredients of the cooked food. The ratio of the concentration of the radionuclide absorbed in the individual ingredients to the concentration in the cooking water can be designated as the Transfer factor in cooking (TFC). The TFC's of 137Cs in some green-stuffs have been determined and reported in this paper. (author)

  13. In Situ Remediation of 137Cs Contaminated Wetlands Using Naturally Occurring Minerals

    Cesium-137 has contaminated a large area of the wetlands on the Savannah River Site. Remediation of the contaminated wetlands is problematic because current techniques destroy the sensitive ecosystem and generate a higher dose to workers. To address this problem, we proposed a non-trusive, in situ technology to sequester 137Cs in sediments. One intention of this study was to provide information regarding a go/no go decision for future work. Since the proof-of-concept was successful and several minerals were identified as potential candidates for this technology, a go decision was made

  14. {sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs in lichen (Cladonia stellaris) in southern Finland

    Puhakainen, M.; Rahola, T.; Heikkinen, T.; Illukka, E. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki (Finland)

    2007-07-01

    The variation of the amounts of fallout radionuclides in reindeer lichen Cladonia stellaris (syn. Cladonia alpestris) and the underlying soil below the lichen was investigated in 1986-2004 at three locations in southern Finland. Samples from the lichen carpet were fractionated into three vertical layers and the distribution of radionuclides between the different fractions was investigated. The effective half-lives of {sup 137}Cs in lichen were almost the same in all three layers and, as a whole, the effective half-life of lichen varied from 2.7 to 3.4 years. (orig.)

  15. Investigation of elevated 137Cs concentrations in small game in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

    Squirrel flesh, collected in November 1972 as part of the investigation of background radioactvity levels in the environs of the site selected for the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station (SSES), was found to contain elevated concentrations of 137Cs compared to other samples taken from that area. Consequently, since late 1972 further samples - air particulates, squirrels and rabbits, and their preferred diet materials - have been collected and analyzed to determine the source and extent of the elevated concentrations. Continued measurement of these parameters in the SSES area will help to provide data for the evaluation of potential radiation doses resulting from any future environmental contamination as a result of a station operation

  16. Natural background radiation and 137Cs inventories in southern Nevada. Preliminary report on fallout, December 1980

    External radiation measurements and soil sampling were performed at 28 sites in southern Nevada as part of an extensive radiological survey to determine residual levels of fission products and transuranic nuclides in Utah and Nevada as a result of nuclear weapons tests at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) during 1951 to 1958. The natural background exposure rate was found to vary by about a factor of two. The 137Cs inventories tended to be lower than expected indicating the effects of wind erosion. Cobalt-60 and 241Am were detected at several sites which were reported to be hotspots in post-shot radiological surveys

  17. In-situ characterisation of a buried 137Cs source in the frame of nuclear forensics

    An approach is demonstrated, through simulations using MCNP, to characterise buried radioactive sources, in terms of their depth, radioactivity and location of their edges in the case of a volumetric one. The approach involves scanning of the sources with a collimated HPGe detector, positioned vertically and at an angle. The sought parameters to characterise the sources considered, were accurately reproduced. The approach was verified experimentally for 137Cs cuboid and point buried sources. The parameters of interest were determined to within 22 % of the actual values. (author)

  18. Sorption study of 137Cs on Al-substituted calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate

    Calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate is also known as tobermorite and it is similar to Ca5AlxSi6-xO18H24.nH2O (where x = 0.025) in composition. Sorption studies have been investigated by radiometric technique at room temperature. The 137Cs selectivity has been examined in presence of 1000 times concentrated solution of Na+, Ca2+ and Ba2+. The data suggests that tobermorite could be used for immobilisation of radioactive caesium. (author)

  19. Aerial deposition and uptake of 137Cs in the leafy vegetable spinach

    Results of laboratory studies aimed at determining the interception and translocation factors in spinach (Spinacia oleracia) plant arising from the release of 137Cs aerosols are reported. The experiment was carried out in a specially designed exposure chamber. Samples of the plant were collected soon after the injection for the evaluation of interception factor. The translocation of the surface deposited activity to internal tissues of the plant and to the roots has also been evaluated. The interception factor for the plant as a whole is 0.15 m3/kg and the translocation factor varies from 0.36 to 0.62. (author). 5 refs., 4 figs

  20. Bio-geochemical behavior of 90Sr, 137Cs and 60Co in tropical soil

    One manner to assess the bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soils is the integration of experimental methods results obtained in the laboratory with results obtained in field experiments. In this work was used an alternative sequential chemical extraction protocol to evaluate mobility of radionuclides as a function of some physico-chemical conditions operationally defined: Slightly acidic phase: CH3COOH + CH3COONa 1:1, pH 4.7, shacked at room temperature; Easily reducible phase: NH2OH.HCl (0.1 M), pH 2, shacked at room temperature;Oxidizable phase: H2O2 (30%) + HNO3, pH 2, CH3COONH4 (1 M);shacked at room temperature; Alkaline phase: NaOH (0.1 M), pH 12, shacked at room temperature; Resistant phase: Aqua regia heated to 50 deg C / 30 min. The results obtained experimentally indicate the vulnerability of some Brazilian soils due to the higher radionuclide transfer to plant. Although it seems clear that it is difficult to identify which soil property will determine a given TF, the results of geochemical partition for 137Cs, 90Sr and 60Co obtained in slightly acidic phase were very consistent with the TF data for reference plants or with some of the soil properties recognized in the specialized literature as related with mechanisms of sorption of Cs (e.g. exchangeable K, organic matter and iron oxides content), Co (e.g. manganese oxide) and Sr (pH and exchangeable Ca). The 137Cs distribution in soil showed that Fe oxides are the main sink for this element in all type of soil and 16 years after contamination the 137Cs the TF remains almost the same in Goiania soil. The 60Co distribution in soil showed that Mn oxides are the main sink for this element in all type of soils and in the Nitisol, 5 years after contamination, the 60Co was not detected as bioavailable (in the slightly acidic phase) neither detected in plant or were detectable with values very close to the detection limit. In the Nitisol, it is possible that reduction in 137Cs transfer is also