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  1. Correlation of unsupported 210Pb activity in soil and moss

    The activities of unsupported 210Pb, a naturally occurring radionuclide, were measured in samples of soil and terrestrial mosses collected in Serbia. Considering that clay particles in soil have a high affinity for Pb adsorption, and that mosses usually capture aerosol particles to obtain necessary nutrients, measurable amounts of airborne 210Pb, the daughter of 222Rn, can be registered in both soil and mosses. The objective of the present study was to determine if it is possible to compare the activity of unsupported 210Pb in soil and moss collected at the same sampling site, and to establish if a correlation exists between these measured values. - Highlights: • Samples of the soil and mosses were collected at same location. • Lead-210 was measured in mosses and soil. • Annual depositional flux of 210Pb is determined using 210Pb measured in soil. • Dependence of 210Pb in mosses of 210Pb atmospheric depositional flux can be observed

  2. 210Po and 210Pb in soils and vegetables in Kucuk Menderes basin of Turkey

    In this study concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb radionuclides in soils and vegetables collected from both cultivated and uncultivated agricultural lands of the Kucuk Menderes basin were determined. 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations of vegetables collected from cultivated lands were found to be slightly higher than those collected from undisturbed lands. The activity concentrations in vegetables were detected between 0.15-9.40Bqkg-1 and 0.23-0.62Bqkg-1 for 210Po and 210Pb, respectively. In the bulk soil cores sampled from phosphate fertilizer-applied agricultural lands, the ranges for activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb are 30.10-47.15Bqkg-1 and 31.27-61.53Bqkg-1, respectively. 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations in soil cores collected from uncultivated soils were also determined for comparison. The annual effective dose equivalents to man from 210Po and 210Pb due to consumption of leafy vegetables are calculated to be 30.51 and 22.73μSva-1, respectively. Likewise root vegetables give a dose equivalent of 22.89μSva-1 from 210Po and 44.77μSva-1 from 210Pb

  3. The Use of Excess 210Pb (210Pbex) as a Soil and Sediment Tracer

    Lead-210 (210Pb) is one of the fallout radionuclides offering the broadest spectrum for environmental applications due to its geogenic origin and relatively long half-life of around 22 years. For more than five decades, 210Pb has been widely used for dating sediments and investigating sedimentation processes. It is only since the 1990s that studies have been using fallout 210Pb for providing information on the magnitude of soil erosion and sedimentation in agricultural landscapes. As it is rapidly and strongly adsorbed at the soil surface, 210Pb has an environmental behaviour similar to 137Cs. The use of fallout 210Pb for documenting soil redistribution rates involves the same advantages and limitations as 137Cs. However, 210Pb can extend the temporal scale, associated with other FRNs measurements, to provide a retrospective assessment of long-term soil redistribution rates over a period of up to 100 years. In addition, since the fallout of 210Pb is continuous, its use does not face the problems associated with short- and medium-lived radioactive soil tracers. This paper summarizes the state-of-the-art related to the main assumptions, the requirements and the limitations which have to be recognised when using this FRN as a soil and sediment tracer. In particular, measurement of fallout 210Pb by gamma spectrometry requires more accurate analytical measurements, as compared to 137Cs, to be performed by skilled staff, and appropriate analytical quality assurance systems. Lessons learned and future research needs in the application of fallout 210Pb are also presented and discussed in this paper. (author)

  4. Estimating emission source of lead using 210Pb specific activity (210Pb/Pb) and zinc as tracers in Slovenian forest soils

    Specific activity of 210Pb (210Pb/Pb) is a good indicator for distinguishing local and remote emission sources of Pb deposited on some forest floors in Slovenia. Another parameter (zinc in soil) gives additional information on possible emission sources and distance of Pb transported from the source. The procedure based on 210Pb activity measurements and non-destructive Pb and Zn determination is rather simple, and not necessary any chemical pre-treatments with strong acids. The soils investigated in this study were collected from several temperate forest sites (Zirovski Vrh, Idrija, Kocevski Rog, Pohorje, Gorisnica, Rakitna, Hotavlje, Otovci, Ptujska gora and Puce) in Slovenia where high level of Pb contamination has been known in some places. Regression analyses of the results suggest an applicability of the proposed procedure for estimating emission sources and atmospheric transportation of Pb. (author)

  5. The speciation and determination of 210Pb and 210Po in soil samples

    A method for speciation and determination of 210Pb and 210Po in soil samples was developed. The speciation was carried out by fractionating the soil samples into 5 fractions which are water soluble or exchangeable, bound to carbonates, bound to Fe-Mn oxides, bound to organic matter and bound to residue. After mineralisation, 10% solution of each fraction was used to spontaneously deposit polonium on a silver disk at 85-90 degree C and pH 1.5 and 210Po was measured by α-spectrometry; the remain solution was used to separate lead by anion-exchange resin and purified by precipitation as PbS and PbSO4, and 210Pb was determined by a low background β-counter. IAEA-327 reference material (soil) has been studied for 210Pb and 210Po speciation. The results show that: (1) the average yields are 88.7±6.4% for 210Pb and 93.8±8.2% for 210Po; (2) if compared to the total 210Pb activity in the sample, 210Pb fractions are 0.95% in exchangeable form, 10.6% bound to carbonates, 14.3% bound to Fe-Mn oxides, 7.00% bound to organic matter, and 67.2% bound to residue or acid soluble, and the corresponding values for 210Po are 0.17%, 0.97%, 21.0%, 0.47% and 77.4%, respectively; and (3) the obtained 210Pb concentration is in good agreement with the recommended value given by IAEA.

  6. 210Pb concentration in soils of west coast of India and its dependence on soil properties

    The paper discusses the results of 210Pb concentration, its vertical profiles and its dependence on physico-chemical properties of the soil in the environment of coastal Karnataka, Kaiga and Goa regions of West coast of India. The concentration was measured by gamma spectrometry using a 41% HPGe detector. Results show that the concentration vary in the range 14.6 - 456.5 Bq Kg-1 with a mean of 149.7 Bq kg-1 in the 0 - 5 cm soil profile. A comparison of the results of the present study with those reported for other normal background regions show that the concentrations observed for some of the locations of Kaiga and Goa are higher. The reasons for the higher concentrations of 210Pb are discussed. The influence of soil pH, density, silt, clay, sand and organic matter contents on retention of this radionuclide is also discussed. (author)

  7. Distribution of 210Pb and 210Po in boreal forest soil

    Vertical distribution and activity contents of 210Pb and 210Po were investigated in forest soils of Scots pine-dominated (Pinus sylvestris L.) stands from seven different locations in Finland. The mean total inventory in the soil profile, up to 20 cm, of 210Pb was 4.0 kBq m-2 (range 3.1-5.0 kBq m-2) and 210Po 5.5 kBq m-2 (range 4.0-7.4 kBq m-2), the organic soil layer containing 45% of the total inventory of both nuclides. In both the organic and the mineral layers the 210Po/210Pb ratio was close to unity indicating a radioactive equilibrium between them. In the litter layer there was, however, a clear excess of 210Po suggesting that polonium is recycled via root uptake from the root zone to the ground surface. The activity concentration (Bq kg-1) of 210Pb clearly correlated with organic matter and the Fe, Al and Mn concentrations in soil indicating that radioactive lead is associated both with humic substances and the oxides of iron, aluminium and manganese. Radioactive lead was also seen to follow the behavior of stable lead. No systematic correlation between polonium and soil properties was seen.

  8. Soil to rice transfer factors for 210Pb: a study on rice grown in India

    India is the second largest producer of rice (Oryza sativa L.) in the world and rice is the essential component of the diet for the majority of the population of India. However, detailed studies aimed at evaluation of radionuclide transfer factors (Fv) for rice grown in India are almost non-existent. This paper presents soil to rice transfer factors for 210Pb for rice grown in natural field conditions on the West Coast of India. A rice field was developed very close to the Kaiga nuclear power plant for the field studies. For a comparative study of radionuclide transfer factors, rice samples were also collected from the rice fields of nearby villages. The soil to un-hulled rice grain 210Pb varied in the range <1.2 x10-2 to 8.1 x 10-1 with a mean of 1.4 x 10-1. The mean values of un-hulled grain to white rice processing retention factors (Fr) was 0.03 for 210Pb. Using the processing retention factors the soil to white rice transfer factor was estimated and found to have the mean value of 4.2 x 10-3. The study has shown that the transfer of 210Pb was retained in the root and its transfer to above ground organs of rice plant is significantly lower. (author)

  9. {sup 137}Cs and {sup 210}Pb inventories in soils and sediments from Chapala Lake (Mexico)

    Ruiz-Fernandez, A.C.; Perez-Bernal, L.H. [Unidad Academica Mazatlan, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico); Sanchez-Cabeza, J.A. [Unidad Academica de Procesos Oceanicos y Costeros, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico); Ontiveros-Cuadras, J.F. [Posgrado en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)

    2014-07-01

    Chapala Lake is the largest natural freshwater reservoir in Mexico and it is located in Central Mexico, at 1524 m above sea level. The lake is considered to be fairly anthropized and it has experienced periods of extremely low water level as a result of recent climate change and water extraction. The study of recent manifestations of global change in Chapala Lake requires accurate {sup 210}Pb chronological reconstructions, taking into account the expected variability of sediment accumulation rates by using the Constant Flux model. For a reliable application of this dating model, it is important that {sup 210}Pb flux values in the lacustrine sedimentary record are in correspondence with the local atmospheric fluxes. With the aim to estimate the fluxes of the fallout radionuclides {sup 210}Pb and {sup 137}Cs in the region, sediment and soil cores were collected in the Chapala Lake. Sediment profiles were evaluated and estimated fluxes in sediments and soils were compared. Some geochemical properties (e.g. grain size distribution, organic matter concentration, XRF-derived elemental composition and magnetic susceptibility) were also evaluated to understand how diagenesis changes and sediment provenance can affect the {sup 210}Pb and {sup 137}Cs depth profiles and inventories. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  10. 137Cs and 210Pb inventories in soils and sediments from Chapala Lake (Mexico)

    Chapala Lake is the largest natural freshwater reservoir in Mexico and it is located in Central Mexico, at 1524 m above sea level. The lake is considered to be fairly anthropized and it has experienced periods of extremely low water level as a result of recent climate change and water extraction. The study of recent manifestations of global change in Chapala Lake requires accurate 210Pb chronological reconstructions, taking into account the expected variability of sediment accumulation rates by using the Constant Flux model. For a reliable application of this dating model, it is important that 210Pb flux values in the lacustrine sedimentary record are in correspondence with the local atmospheric fluxes. With the aim to estimate the fluxes of the fallout radionuclides 210Pb and 137Cs in the region, sediment and soil cores were collected in the Chapala Lake. Sediment profiles were evaluated and estimated fluxes in sediments and soils were compared. Some geochemical properties (e.g. grain size distribution, organic matter concentration, XRF-derived elemental composition and magnetic susceptibility) were also evaluated to understand how diagenesis changes and sediment provenance can affect the 210Pb and 137Cs depth profiles and inventories. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  11. Assessment of soil contamination by 210Po and 210Pb around heavy oil and natural gas fired power plants

    Soil contamination by 210Pb and 210Po around heavy oil and natural gas power plants has been investigated; fly and bottom ash containing enhanced levels of 210Pb and 210Po were found to be the main source of surface soil contamination. The results showed that 210Pb and 210Po in fly-ash (economizer, superheater) is highly enriched with 210Pb and 210Po, while bottom-ash (boiler) is depleted. The highest 210Pb and 210Po activity concentrations were found to be in economizer ash, whereas the lowest activity concentration was in the recirculator ash. On the other hand, 210Pb and 210Po activity concentrations in soil samples were found to be higher inside the plant site area than those samples collected from surrounding areas. The highest levels were found in the vicinity of Mhardeh and Tishreen power plants; both plants are operated by heavy oil and natural fuels, while the lowest values were found to be in those samples collected from Nasrieh power plant, which is only operated by one type of fuel, viz. natural gas. In addition, the levels of surface soil contamination have decreased as the distance from the power plant site center increased. - Highlights: • Fly ash containing 210Po and 210Pb is the main enhancement factor in surface soil. • 210Pb and 210Po in soil are higher inside the campus area than the surrounding areas. • 210Pb and 210Po in ash along the combustion path varied with compartment temperature. • Fly-ash contains 210Pb and 210Po much higher than bottom-ash

  12. Distribution and behaviour of 210Po and 210Pb in soil samples of Goa, south west coast of India

    This paper deals with the distribution and behaviour of 210Pb and 210Po in soil samples of Goa. Soil samples were collected and analysed for 210Po and 210Pb radionuclides using standard radiochemical analytical techniques. The activity of 210Po in surface soil vary from 3.2 Bq kg-1 to 186.2 Bq kg-1 with a mean value of 57.4 Bq kg-1 and that of 210Pb vary from 29.6 Bq kg-1 to 253.4 Bq kg-1 with a mean value of 119.9 Bq kg-1. Depth profile study reveals that the activity of 210Po and 210Pb decreases with the increasing depth. The results obtained from these studies are discussed in detail and compared with the literature values reported for other environs. (author)

  13. Assessment of soil contamination by (210)Po and (210)Pb around heavy oil and natural gas fired power plants.

    Al-Masri, M S; Haddad, Kh; Doubal, A W; Awad, I; Al-Khatib, Y

    2014-06-01

    Soil contamination by (210)Pb and (210)Po around heavy oil and natural gas power plants has been investigated; fly and bottom ash containing enhanced levels of (210)Pb and (210)Po were found to be the main source of surface soil contamination. The results showed that (210)Pb and (210)Po in fly-ash (economizer, superheater) is highly enriched with (210)Pb and (210)Po, while bottom-ash (boiler) is depleted. The highest (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations were found to be in economizer ash, whereas the lowest activity concentration was in the recirculator ash. On the other hand, (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations in soil samples were found to be higher inside the plant site area than those samples collected from surrounding areas. The highest levels were found in the vicinity of Mhardeh and Tishreen power plants; both plants are operated by heavy oil and natural fuels, while the lowest values were found to be in those samples collected from Nasrieh power plant, which is only operated by one type of fuel, viz. natural gas. In addition, the levels of surface soil contamination have decreased as the distance from the power plant site center increased. PMID:24602817

  14. Simultaneous determination of 226Ra and 210Pb in groundwater and soil samples by using the liquid scintillation counter - suspension gel method

    A method for the simultaneous determination of 226Ra and 210Pb in groundwater and soil samples by liquid scintillation counting was developed. Radium and lead were separated together from the samples as Ba(Ra)·PbSO4 co-precipitate, which was centrifuged and dissolved with 0.1 M EDTA solution (pH 9.0). Radium was separated as Ba(Ra)SO4 co-precipitate by adding ammonium sulfate and adjusting the pH of the solution to 4.2. Lead remaining in the solution was separated as PbSO4 precipitate by adding 9 M sulfuric acid. These Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates were purified with EDTA solution and used for measurement. To save time and to make counting samples simpler, direct counting of Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates instead of the phosphoric acid fusion method was attempted. Ba(Ra)SO4 and PbSO4 precipitates were suspended in the scintillation gel, and measured. Two liquid scintillation cocktails, Instagel[r] XF and UltimaGoldtm AB were used to prepare the counting samples. A mixture of water (40%), Instagel[r] XF (40%) and UltimaGoldtm AB (20%) formed a stable gel. Activities of 226Ra and 210Pb were calculated from the alpha spectrum of Ba(Ra)SO4 and beta spectrum of PbSO4, respectively. The long-term stability of the suspension gel was good. The analytical results of 226Ra and 210Pb in spiked groundwater samples were in good agreement with the known concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb. The analytical values of 226Ra and 210Pb in the soil reference samples were within 11.5 and 1.6% of the relative error from the reference values, respectively

  15. The fractionation and determination procedures for the speciation of 210Pb and 210Po in soil samples

    A method for speciation and determination of 210Pb and 210Po in soil samples was developed. The speciation was carried out by fractionating the soil samples into five fractions which are water soluble or exchangeable, bound to carbonates, bound to Fe-Mn oxides, bound to organic matter and bound to residue. After mineralisation, 10% solution of each fraction was used to spontaneously deposit polonium on a silver disk at 85-90 deg. C and pH 1.5, and 210Po was measured by α-spectrometry; the remain solution was used to separate lead by anion-exchange resin and purified by precipitation as PbS and PbSO4, and 210Pb was determined by a low background β-counter. The IAEA-327 reference material (soil) was studied for 210Pb and 210Po speciation. The results show that: (1) the average yields are 88.7 ± 6.4% for 210Pb and 93.8 ± 8.2% for 210Po; (2) if compared to the total 210Pb activity in the sample, 210Pb fractions are 0.95% in exchangeable form, 10.6% bound to carbonates, 14.3% bound to Fe-Mn oxides, 7.0% bound to organic matter and 67.2% bound to residue or acid soluble, and the corresponding values for 210Po are 0.17%, 0.97%, 21.0%, 0.47% and 77.4%, respectively; and (3) the obtained 210Pb concentration is in good agreement with the recommended value given by the IAEA

  16. Root uptake of lead by Norway spruce grown on Pb-210 spiked soils

    Hovmand, M.F.; Nielsen, Sven Poul; Johnsen, I.

    2009-01-01

    The root uptake of lead (Pb) by trees and the transfer of Pb by leaf litter deposition to the forest floor were investigated through a pot experiment with Norway spruce. Natural Pb and radio isotopic lead (210Pb) were determined in needles and twigs and in the pot soil spiked with 210Pb. Calculat......The root uptake of lead (Pb) by trees and the transfer of Pb by leaf litter deposition to the forest floor were investigated through a pot experiment with Norway spruce. Natural Pb and radio isotopic lead (210Pb) were determined in needles and twigs and in the pot soil spiked with 210Pb...

  17. Results of an IAEA inter-comparison exercise to assess 137Cs and total 210Pb analytical performance in soil

    Fallout radionuclides (FRNs) such as 210Pb and 137Cs have been widely used to assess soil erosion and sedimentation processes. It is of major importance to obtain accurate analytical results of FRNs by gamma analysis before any data treatment through conversion model and to allow subsequent comparison of erosion and sedimentation rates from different case studies. Therefore, IAEA organized an inter-comparison exercise to assess the validity and reliability of the analytical results of 137Cs and total 210Pb using γ-spectrometry in the various laboratories participating in the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project on 'Assess the effectiveness of soil conservation measures for sustainable watershed management using fallout radionuclides'. Reference materials were distributed to 14 participating laboratories and, using a rating system, their analytical results were compared to the reference values assigned. In the case of 137Cs, the analytical results were satisfactory with 66% of the laboratories producing acceptable results. Only the sample with low 137Cs activity (2.6±0.2 Bq kg-1) gave less accurate results with more than 25% not acceptable results. The total 210Pb analysis indicated a clear need for corrective actions in the analysis process as only 36% of the laboratories involved in the proficiency test was able to access total 210Pb with occurrence (bias ≤10%). This inter-laboratory test underlines that further inter-comparison exercises should be organized by IAEA or regional laboratories to ensure the quality of the analytical data produced in Member States. As a result of the above-mentioned proficiency test, some recommendations have been provided to improve accurate gamma measurement of both 137Cs and total 210Pb

  18. Results of an IAEA inter-comparison exercise to assess 137Cs and total 210Pb analytical performance in soil.

    Shakhashiro, A; Mabit, L

    2009-01-01

    Fallout radionuclides (FRNs) such as (210)Pb and (137)Cs have been widely used to assess soil erosion and sedimentation processes. It is of major importance to obtain accurate analytical results of FRNs by gamma analysis before any data treatment through conversion model and to allow subsequent comparison of erosion and sedimentation rates from different case studies. Therefore, IAEA organized an inter-comparison exercise to assess the validity and reliability of the analytical results of (137)Cs and total (210)Pb using gamma-spectrometry in the various laboratories participating in the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project on "Assess the effectiveness of soil conservation measures for sustainable watershed management using fallout radionuclides". Reference materials were distributed to 14 participating laboratories and, using a rating system, their analytical results were compared to the reference values assigned. In the case of (137)Cs, the analytical results were satisfactory with 66% of the laboratories producing acceptable results. Only the sample with low (137)Cs activity (2.6+/-0.2Bqkg(-1)) gave less accurate results with more than 25% not acceptable results. The total (210)Pb analysis indicated a clear need for corrective actions in the analysis process as only 36% of the laboratories involved in the proficiency test was able to access total (210)Pb with occurrence (bias 10%). This inter-laboratory test underlines that further inter-comparison exercises should be organized by IAEA or regional laboratories to ensure the quality of the analytical data produced in Member States. As a result of the above-mentioned proficiency test, some recommendations have been provided to improve accurate gamma measurement of both (137)Cs and total (210)Pb. PMID:18760612

  19. Depth profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) in temperate forest soils in Germany

    Depth profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) were investigated in several temperate forest soils in Germany to estimate heterogeneity of the soil horizon of interest. Absolute values of the activity concentrations of these nuclides varied to a large extent depending on the properties of individual forests as well as local geology. Activity concentrations of 40K increased with increasing soil density reflecting that most potassium is contained in mineral components of the soil. The variations in the 40K activity with depth may relate to biological activities in subsoil, such as root uptake of the nutrients. Consequences of bioturbation could be deduced from variability in vertical profiles of the environmental radionuclides like 137Cs and 210Pb. (author)

  20. Assessment of 210Po and 210Pb in lichen, moss and soil around Can coal-fired power plant, Turkey

    This paper deals with determination of 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations using epigeic moss (Hypnum cupressiforme), bushy soil (fruticose) lichen (Cladonia rangiformis) and surface soil samples in the area around Can coal-fired power plant, northwest Turkey. Mean activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb were found to be 303.9 and 425.8 Bq kg-1 for moss, 161.6 and 259.1 Bq kg-1 for lichen, and 79.9 and 91.5 Bq kg-1 for soil samples at dry weight, respectively. We propose that distance and altitude of sampling site may be of significant parameters of distribution of both radionuclides. (author)

  1. 210Pb as a tracer of soil erosion, sediment source area identification and particle transport in the terrestrial environment

    Although 137Cs has been used extensively to study soil erosion and particle transport in the terrestrial environment, there has been much less work using excess or unsupported 210Pb (210Pbxs) to study the same processes. Furthermore, since 137Cs activities in soils are decreasing because of radioactive decay, some locations have an added complication due to the addition of Chernobyl-derived 137Cs, and the activities of 137Cs in the southern hemisphere are low, there is a need to develop techniques that use 210Pbxs to provide estimates of rates of soil erosion and particle transport. This paper reviews the current status of 210Pbxs methods to quantify soil erosion rates, to identify and partition suspended sediment source areas, and to determine the transport rates of particles in the terrestrial landscape. Soil erosion rates determined using 210Pbxs are based on the unsupported 210Pb (210Pbxs) inventory in the soil, the depth distribution of 210Pbxs, and a mass balance calibration (‘conversion model’) that relates the soil inventory to the erosion rate using a ‘reference site’ at which neither soil erosion nor soil deposition has occurred. In this paper several different models are presented to illustrate the effects of different model assumptions such as the timing, depth and rates of the surface soil mixing on the calculated erosion rates. The suitability of model assumptions, including estimates of the depositional flux of 210Pbxs to the soil surface and the post-depositional mobility of 210Pb are also discussed. 210Pb can be used as one tracer to permit sediment source area identification. This sediment ‘fingerprinting’ has been extended far beyond using 210Pb as a single radioisotope to include numerous radioactive and stable tracers and has been applied to identifying the source areas of suspended sediment based on underlying rock type, land use (roads, stream banks, channel beds, cultivated or uncultivated lands, pasture lands, forested lands

  2. Measuring soil loss on forest slopes following harvesting - an approach using 210Pb (excess) to 137Cs inventory ratios

    Measurements of the anthropogenic nuclide 137Cs have been routinely used to measure soil movement on hillslopes. However, 137Cs heterogeneity across the landscape may not result from soil redistribution alone as there is considerable variability in the fallout of 137CS due to rain shadowing and small scale runon - runoff processes. As the deposition of 210Pb (excess) is similarly affected by these processes, taking the ratio of these two nuclides may effectively remove them as sources of variability, and thus provide a more constant benchmark across undisturbed landscapes. In addition to the above, these two nuclides also have different penetration characteristics in undisturbed soils and the core 137Cs/210Pb inventory ratio changes as a function of depth. Consequently, a new method is proposed that involves first determining this change in core ratio at a 'control' location where no soil loss is believed to have occurred, a number of soil samples are then obtained from the disturbed location and the average inventory Pb/Cs ratio of these is calculated. The volume of soil that has been removed from the disturbed site can then be calculated by the extent of depletion of this ratio compared with the ratio curve from the 'control' site. This technique was applied to two harvested forest slopes in N.E. Tasmania which had undergone 'normal' and 'minimal impact' logging procedures. The average core inventory ratio at the 'control' location was 2.4 ± 0.2, compared to the means of 0.72 ± 0.1 (n=10) and 1.62 ± 0.3 (n=10) from the normal and minimal impact sites. These indicate average depth losses of 41 ± 5 mm and 16 ± 3 mm and are equivalent to a nett soil loss of 450 ± 50 and 165 ± 30 t ha-1 respectively from these slopes. It is proposed that this method offers an improvement over using 137Cs alone. 16 refs., 3 figs

  3. Mesoscale variability of vertical profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) in temperate forest soils in Germany

    Vertical profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) were investigated in several temperate forest soils in Germany to estimate heterogeneity of the soil horizon of interest. Absolute values of the activity concentrations of these nuclides varied to a large extent depending on the properties of individual forests as well as local geology. Several trends were generally observed independent of the location: (1) Activity concentrations of 40K increased with increasing soil density reflecting that most potassium is contained in mineral components of the soil. The variations in the 40K activity with depth may relate to biological activities in subsoil, such as root uptake of the nutrients. (2) Profiles of 226Ra with depth could be an indicator for evaluating soil heterogeneity within a horizon of interest. They are also useful to estimate anthropogenic 210Pb (210Pbexc) derived from the atmosphere via dry fallout or wet deposition. In several forests, there appeared surface enrichment of 210Pb down to a depth of approximately 10 cm, in which the 210Pb would have come from the atmosphere by combustion of fossil fuels. (3) Depth profiles of 137Cs were roughly divided into three types in which (a) the activity concentration decreased exponentially with soil depth, (b) small amounts of 137Cs existed only in the upper-most layer of the soil (0-5 cm) and (c) 137Cs disappeared at certain depths and appeared again at deeper portions of the soil. Consequences of bioturbation could be deduced from variability in vertical profiles of the environmental radionuclides. It is probable that a site showing an exponential decrease of the 137Cs activity with depth and also having a surface enrichment of 210Pb is not significantly influenced by bioturbation

  4. Soil erosion and sedimentation rates in a small eutrophic lake in southern Chile estimated by 210Pb isotope analysis

    The purpose of this research is to study the effects of historical land use patterns on soil erosion within the San Pedro Lake watershed (Concepcion, VIII Region, Chile). To this end, a geochronological reconstruction of the last 50 years was accomplished by 210Pb isotope and photo-interpretation analysis through the use of GIS. The erosion rate has varied from 0.40 t ha-1 y-1 in 1955 to 0.86 t ha-1 y-1 in 1994. The decrease in native forest was closely coupled with the increase in exotic forestry. The Total Change, meaning the land use change without considering each typology, shows a constant trend indicating a greater degree of anthropogenic intervention. As opposed to the expected, there is no relationship between land use typologies and erosion rates, however it is possible to recognise some degree of dependency between Total Change and erosion values. It is concluded that over the last 50 years the soil erosion processes in the San Pedro Lake watershed may have been more regulated more by land use changes than by land use typologies themselves. (author)

  5. Transfer of {sup 40}K, {sup 238}U, {sup 210}Pb, and {sup 210}Po from soil to plant in various locations in south of Syria

    Al-Masri, M.S. [Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, Damascus, P.O. Box 6091 (Syrian Arab Republic)], E-mail: scientific1@aec.org.sy; Al-Akel, B.; Nashawani, A.; Amin, Y.; Khalifa, K.H.; Al-Ain, F. [Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, Damascus, P.O. Box 6091 (Syrian Arab Republic)

    2008-02-15

    Transfer factors of {sup 40}K, {sup 238}U, {sup 210}Pb, and {sup 210}Po from soil to some agriculture crops in various locations in south of Syria (Dara'a and Assuwaydaa districts) have been determined. Soil and vegetable crops (green pepper, cucumber, tomato, and eggplant), legumes crops (lentil, chickpea, and broad bean), fruit trees (apple, grape, and olives) and cereals (barley and wheat) were collected and analyzed for {sup 238}U, {sup 210}Pb, and {sup 210}Po. The results have shown that higher transfer factors (calculated as Bq kg{sup -1} dry wt. plant material per Bq kg{sup -1} dry wt. soil) for {sup 210}Po, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 238}U were observed in vegetable leaves than fruits and cereals leaves; the highest values of transfer factor (TF) for {sup 238}U were found to be 0.1 for straw of chickpea. Transfer factors for {sup 210}Po varied between 2.8 x 10{sup -2} and 2 in fruits of eggplant and grain of barley, respectively. In addition, several parameters affecting transfer factors of the radionuclides were evaluated. The results can be considered as base values for TF of natural radionuclides in the region.

  6. Distribution of 210Pb and 137Cs in snow and soil samples from Antarctica

    This paper reports some results on natural and artificial radionuclide distribution in snow samples collected at the Priestly Neve-Plateau (inland, 1998 m a.s.l.) and the Vegetation Island (near the coast, 200 m a.s.l.) stations, and in a soil samples from Wood Bay station, both near the Italian Base at Terranova Bay in Antarctica. Data on Pb-210 and Cs-137 in snow samples from an 80 cm deep trench and in granulometric fractions of a soil core are discussed. (author)

  7. 226Ra and 210Pb lixiviation sediments from the region of uranium mine and mill in Pocos de Caldas, contaminated in laboratory by river water and chemical agents, mobility and availability in soils

    Leaching experiments of river bottom sediments, contaminated in the laboratory with 226Ra or 210Pb, by river waters or solutions of inorganic salts and mobility experiments of these radionuclides added to soil columns and leached by a volume of distilled or river water, equivalent to the average annual rain precipitation in the region, are performed. The determination of 226Ra and 210Pb exchangeable fractions in soils contaminated in the laboratory are studied too. The results, as a whole, lead to the conclusion that 226Ra should be considered, potentially, the radionuclide most able to increase the population radiation dose, through the ingestion of contaminated water and foodstuff. (M.A.C.)

  8. Diagenesis and 210Pb

    One of the basic questions when studying cores for historical reconstructions of environmental changes is whether the profiles of 210Pb heavy metals and temporal distributions represent actual or have been affected by diagenetic processes. The term refers to processes occurring in the sediment during and after its formation. Such processes can be physical (such as water loss by compaction in clay sludge), biogeochemical (as the decomposition of organic matter) or biological (eg the ingestion of sediments by infauna.) In this chapter we will refer specifically to diagenetic processes caused by the establishment of a vertical zonation of redox conditions and their effects on concentrations of Fe, Mn and other redox-sensitive metals associated. The redox conditions (defined redox potential Eh) of sediments are primarily controlled by the bacterial decomposition of sedimentary organic matter, and are limited by the rate of supply of organic matter (primary production or other sources) and the rate at that accumulates (rate of accumulation of organic matter). During the bacterial decomposition occurs a sequence of reactions involving a succession of oxidants (or electron acceptors) between which the primary oxidant is O2. However, when the dissolved O2 is consumed and the redox potential has decreased enough to favor the most efficient oxidizing the organic matter decomposition can continue through secondary sources of oxidants (suboxic diagenesis).

  9. Vertical distribution of 210Pb around Uraniferous coal-fired power plant in Western Turkey

    Monitoring of 210Pb in soil, water, sediment and biological materials has been increasing in several pollution studies in recent years. The 210Pb in soils generated in situ by the decay of 226Ra is termed supported 210Pb and is in equilibrium with 226Ra. 210Pb activity in excess of the fraction which is derived from decay of the in situ 226Ra is called unsupported 210Pb. The amount of unsupported or atmospherically derived 210Pb in a soil can be calculated by measuring both the 210Pb and 226Ra activities and subtracting the 226Ra supported 210Pb component from the total 210Pb in the sample. We have determined the deposition rates of 210Pb from the atmosphere in Yatagan Region by measuring their inventories in core samples of cultivated and uncultivated soils.Yatagan is located in Western Turkey in a region where there are three CPPs operating with uraniferous coal. Energy production from coal is one of the major sources of increased natural radioactivity in the atmosphere. Soil samples were stored for a period of 2-3 half-lives (9 - 14 months) of 210Po (t1/2 =138 d) before analysis to allow build-up of 210Pb from 210Pb . The determination of the 210Po activity by alpha-counting provided an indirect measurement of the 210Pb activity. Measurements of 210Po were made through its 5.30 MeV alpha particle emission, using 208Po (5.11 MeV alpha emission, t1/2 = 2.9 yr) as the internal tracer. Measurements were made by silicon surface-barrier detector. The 210Pb activity concentrations in cultivated and uncultivated bulk soil cores varied between 83 Bq kg-1 - 22 Bq kg-1 and 250 Bq kg-1 - 55 Bq kg-1, respectively. (authors)

  10. Comparative advantages and limitations of the fallout radionuclides (137)Cs, (210)Pb(ex) and (7)Be for assessing soil erosion and sedimentation.

    Mabit, L; Benmansour, M; Walling, D E

    2008-12-01

    The fallout radionuclides (FRNs) (137)Cs, (210)Pb(ex) and (7)Be are increasingly being used as a means of obtaining quantitative information on soil erosion and sediment redistribution rates within agricultural landscapes, over a range of different timescales, and they are frequently seen to represent a valuable complement to conventional measurement techniques. The recent development of the (7)Be method has greatly extended the timescale over which FRNs can be used, by permitting assessment of short-term soil erosion linked to individual events and changing soil management practices. This paper aims to review the advantages and limitations of each of the three FRNs and to identify key knowledge gaps linked to their use. In addition, guidelines for selecting the most appropriate FRN and associated approach, in order to deal with a range of spatial and temporal scales and to investigate specific sets of agro-environmental problems, are provided. Key requirements for future work, related to the application of FRNs in soil erosion investigations, are also identified. These include the upscaling of the approach to the catchment scale and a shift from use of the approach as a research tool to a decision support tool. PMID:18947911

  11. Comparative advantages and limitations of the fallout radionuclides {sup 137}Cs, {sup 210}Pb{sub ex} and {sup 7}Be for assessing soil erosion and sedimentation

    Mabit, L. [Soil Science Unit, FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory, IAEA Laboratories, A-1400 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail: l.mabit@iaea.org; Benmansour, M. [Centre National de l' Energie, des Sciences et des Techniques Nucleaires (CNESTEN), Rabat (Morocco); Walling, D.E. [University of Exeter, Department of Geography, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ (United Kingdom)

    2008-12-15

    The fallout radionuclides (FRNs) {sup 137}Cs, {sup 210}Pb{sub ex} and {sup 7}Be are increasingly being used as a means of obtaining quantitative information on soil erosion and sediment redistribution rates within agricultural landscapes, over a range of different timescales, and they are frequently seen to represent a valuable complement to conventional measurement techniques. The recent development of the {sup 7}Be method has greatly extended the timescale over which FRNs can be used, by permitting assessment of short-term soil erosion linked to individual events and changing soil management practices. This paper aims to review the advantages and limitations of each of the three FRNs and to identify key knowledge gaps linked to their use. In addition, guidelines for selecting the most appropriate FRN and associated approach, in order to deal with a range of spatial and temporal scales and to investigate specific sets of agro-environmental problems, are provided. Key requirements for future work, related to the application of FRNs in soil erosion investigations, are also identified. These include the upscaling of the approach to the catchment scale and a shift from use of the approach as a research tool to a decision support tool.

  12. Transfer of {sup 238}U, {sup 230}Th, {sup 226}Ra, and {sup 210}Pb from soils to tree and shrub species in a Mediterranean area

    Blanco Rodriguez, P. [Natural Radioactivity Group, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Vera Tome, F. [Natural Radioactivity Group, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain)], E-mail: fvt@unex.es; Lozano, J.C. [Natural Radioactivity Group, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Laboratorio de Radiaciones Ionizantes, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Perez Fernandez, M.A. [Natural Radioactivity Group, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Area de Ecologia, Universidad Pablo Olavide, Carretera de Utrera km. 1, 41013 Sevilla (Spain)

    2010-06-15

    The soil-to-plant transfer factors of natural uranium isotopes ({sup 238}U and {sup 234}U), {sup 230}Th, {sup 226}Ra, and {sup 210}Pb were studied in a disused uranium mine located in the Extremadura region in the south-west of Spain. The plant samples included trees (Quercus ilex, Quercus suber, and Eucalyptus cameldulensis) and one shrub (Cytisus multiflorus). All of them are characteristic of Mediterranean environments. The activity concentrations in leaves and fruit were determined for the tree species at different stages of growth. For the shrub, the total above-ground fraction was considered in three seasons. For old leaves and fruit, the highest activity concentrations were found in Eucalyptus cameldulensis for all the radionuclides studied, except in the case of {sup 230}Th that presented similar activity concentrations in all of the tree species studied. In every case, the transfer to fruit was less than the transfer to leaves. In the shrub, the results depended on the season of sampling, with the highest value obtained in spring and the lowest in autumn. Important correlations were obtained for {sup 238}U and {sup 226}Ra between the activity ratio in soils with that in leaves or fruit.

  13. Atmospheric depositions of 210Pb and 210Po in Lisbon, Portugal

    The long lived radon daughters 210Pb and 210Po were determined in samples of total surface deposition obtained with collectors continuously operated during 5 years, near Lisbon. The annual 210Pb flux was 66±12 Bqm-2, and the average annual 210Po flux was 8±3 Bq m-2, with an overall 210Po/210Pb activity ratio of 0.15±0.06. The deposition of 210Pb was positively correlated with seasonal rainfall, while 210Po was mainly originated in soil particles re-suspension throughout the year and also in seasonal forest fires. Unusually high 210Po/210Pb activity ratios, higher than unity, were occasionally recorded and the sources and causes are discussed. Long time-series of 210Pb and 210Po deposition fluxes, as presented herein, are rare although essential to test and constrain parameter of the atmospheric Global Circulation Models. (author)

  14. Multi-year Surface Deposition of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po at Lisbon - Atmospheric Depositions of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in Lisbon, Portugal

    Carvalho, Fernando P.; Oliveira, Joao M.; Alberto, G. [Instituto Superior Tecnico/ Campus Tecnologico e Nuclear, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal)

    2014-07-01

    The long lived radon daughters {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po were determined in samples of total atmospheric depositions obtained with surface collectors continuously operated during 5 years, near Lisbon. The average annual {sup 210}Pb flux was 66±12 Bq m{sup -2}, and the average annual {sup 210}Po flux was 8±3 Bq m{sup -2}, with an overall {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb activity ratio of 0.15±0.06. Direct determination of the {sup 210}Pb atmospheric flux was compared with the {sup 210}Pb excess determined in soil surface layers along with atmospheric depositions of {sup 137}Cs. The deposition of atmospheric {sup 210}Pb was positively correlated with seasonal rainfall, while {sup 210}Po was mainly originated in soil particles re-suspension throughout the year and also in seasonal forest fires. Unusually high {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb activity ratios, higher than unity, were occasionally recorded in atmospheric depositions and the sources and causes are discussed. Long time-series of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po deposition fluxes, as presented herein are useful to test and constrain parameters of the atmospheric Global Circulation Models. (authors)

  15. Multi-year Surface Deposition of 210Pb and 210Po at Lisbon - Atmospheric Depositions of 210Pb and 210Po in Lisbon, Portugal

    The long lived radon daughters 210Pb and 210Po were determined in samples of total atmospheric depositions obtained with surface collectors continuously operated during 5 years, near Lisbon. The average annual 210Pb flux was 66±12 Bq m-2, and the average annual 210Po flux was 8±3 Bq m-2, with an overall 210Po/210Pb activity ratio of 0.15±0.06. Direct determination of the 210Pb atmospheric flux was compared with the 210Pb excess determined in soil surface layers along with atmospheric depositions of 137Cs. The deposition of atmospheric 210Pb was positively correlated with seasonal rainfall, while 210Po was mainly originated in soil particles re-suspension throughout the year and also in seasonal forest fires. Unusually high 210Po/210Pb activity ratios, higher than unity, were occasionally recorded in atmospheric depositions and the sources and causes are discussed. Long time-series of 210Pb and 210Po deposition fluxes, as presented herein are useful to test and constrain parameters of the atmospheric Global Circulation Models. (authors)

  16. Models dated by 210Pb

    The 210Pbex present in sediments, regardless of their origin, decays following the law of radioactive decay. If the rate of sediment accumulation and flow of 210Pb are constant and there are no redistribution processes of 210Pbex in the sediment, a profile of 210Pbex should be perfectly exponential. Although some of these conditions are not met in all cases and observed profiles are rarely found perfect exponentials, models dated by 210Pb described in this chapter allow to obtain valid dated. Anyway, the models described should be seen as tools of interpretation and the dates obtained as estimates to be corroborated by alternative observations. It is recommended to the reader to go deeper into the topics discussed in this chapter reading references and bibliography at the end. Throughout, the closed system hypothesis must be met. For dating of sediments implies that the radionuclide used is integrated into the matrix tested unaffected by redistribution processes. No cases of mixed sediments or showing evidence of mobility by diagenesis are addressed in this chapter, although we believe that in some circumstances estimates of the accumulation rates are provided but not of the age of formation. Starting with the first published use of 210Pb as a tool dating ice cores, different authors develop model conditions adapted to the dating of sediments. In this chapter we describe the most widely used models, which are based on assumptions about the flow of 210Pbex the sediment surface, the rate of accumulation and concentration of initial210Pbex in surface sediments. The models describing nomenclatures have been different and even contradictory. To facilitate reading of the chapter we propose a nomenclature based on the fundamental assumptions of each model (not in implementation) and have homogenised the nomenclature used. While the model most commonly used for dating sediments is the CF (Constant Flux - Constant Flow), commonly known as CRS (Constant Rate of Supply), the

  17. Example dated with 210Pb

    In this chapter we describe in detail, using an example, the procedure to date a core with the technique of 210Pb using the models described in Chapter 7. Described below, one by one, the spreadsheets containing the information and calculations necessary to complete a profile geochronology of 210Pb core adapted from Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. In this case, the old model obtained from the CA model could not be validated with 137Cs because the peak age of 137Cs is too old (1985 ± 3 years). Moreover, there was an investment of age between sections 2-3 and 3-4 cm because the activity of the lower section is higher than at the top, most likely due to a change in sediment accumulation. The average value of MAR (obtained with the CFCS model: 0.222 ± 0.016 g cm-2 yr-1) is in good agreement with the range obtained with the model MAR CF (0.03 ± 0.02 to 0.30 ± 0.01 g cm-2 yr-1). The chronology obtained with the CF model is well validated with the peak of 137Cs (section 6-7 cm: 1960-1972). SAR profiles and MAR show a progressive increase from the late nineteenth century, due to economic development and population growth in the Gulf of Tehuantepec. This growth, which has altered the coastal marine circulation and sedimentation regimes, had its greatest impact during the past two decades, after the establishment of three major industrial complexes in the region.

  18. Uptake and kinetics of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po in big sage brush

    Root uptake of 226Pb and 210Po by mature sage brush was studied using a soil injection method for spiking the soil with minimal root disturbance. The main objective was to measure vegetation concentrations and determine concentration ratios (CR's) due to root uptake as a function of time in mature big sage brush. Concentration ratios obtained in mature vegetation and in steady-state situations may be valuable in assessing the impact of uranium mining and milling. The vegetation was sampled approximately every 3 mo for A 2 y period. Significant levels of activity were detected in the vegetation beginning at the first sampling (81 d after soil injection for 226Ra, 28 d for 210Pb and 210Po). There was an exponential decrease in concentration to an apparent steady state value. Mean values (geometric) of the data pooled over the second year period indicated that steady-state Cr's for 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po, as determined in mature sage brush, were 0.04, 0.009, and 0.08, respectively. Investigations were also carried out to verify the suitability of soil injection for uptake studies and to evaluate the time dependence of 226Ra leaching from sage brush leaves. The soil injection method was determined to produce, on the average, uptake equivalent to that produce by a uniform soil distribution, however, the variety of uptake for plants growing in injected soil was higher than for plants growing in uniformly contaminated soil. A three compartment mathematical model was formulated to help understand mechanisms of plant uptake and to predict, if possible, the concentration of 226Ra, 210Po in vegetation as a function of time after soil spiking

  19. 210Pb as tracer of environmental processes

    210Pb is a radionuclide naturally occurring radioactive belonging to the chain of 238U. Its half-life is T1/2 = 22.23 ± 0.12 yr. There is some discrepancy in the order of 0.1% of this value and, therefore, not significantly affect the results of the chronology, affected by sources of much greater uncertainty. Assuming that 210Pb can be detected up to about 5 times its half-life, we can expect that 210Pb can provide useful information for the last 100 years or so, although this depends on the analytical techniques used and the precision of the assay. 210Pb plays an important role in the study of the environment as it is present in the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. This tracer has been used successfully in the study of biogeochemical processes in the oceans, atmospheric deposition and anthropogenic pollution, sedimentary processes and sediment geochronology.

  20. /sup 210/Pb fluxes in acidified lakes

    The acidification of softwater lakes by atmospheric deposition of strong acids has occurred in several regions of the world; however, the rate of acidification of freshwater systems is generally unknown. The authors have tested the hypothesis that the /sup 210/Pb technique can be used to establish the chronologies of sediments in acidified lakes, with the purpose of establishing the rate of change of the chemical and perhaps biological composition of the water. Sediment cores were collected from four lakes near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, that either were acidic (pH 4.2 to 4.4) or had been acidic, but were recently neutralized by the addition of calcium carbonate/calcium hydroxide. /sup 210/Pb flux was measured at five sites per lake. The whole lake fluxes in the Sudbury lakes were significantly lower than those of 11 nonacidic lakes -- 250 km to the southeast. Because it is unlikely that lead (Pb) is leached from the sediments, it is hypothesized that acidification results in alteration of the sedimentation mechanism, leading to reduced /sup 210/Pb (and stable Pb) retention in acidic lakes. Therefore, the /sup 210/Pb method is not suitable for establishing sediment chronologies in recently acidified lakes using existing models

  1. The 210Pb technique for dating sediments, and some applications

    The use of 210Pb for dating sediment in time scale 100-150 years is described. Various methods of determination of 210Pb concentration are reviewed and the problem of the initial 210Pb concentration using two models for interpretation of data is discussed. (author)

  2. The average concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb in foodstuff cultivated in the Pocos de Caldas plateau

    The average concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb in vegetables cultivated in the Pocos de Caldas plateau, mainly potatoes, carrots, beans and corn and the estimation of the average transfer factors soil-foodstuff for both radionuclides, were performed. The total 226Ra and 210Pb content in the soil was determined by gamma spectrometry. The exchangeable fraction was obtained by the classical radon emanation procedure and the 210Pb was isolated by a radiochemical procedure and determined by radiometry of its daughter 210Bi beta emissions with a Geiger Muller Counter. (M.A.C.)

  3. (210)Po and (210)Pb in medicinal plants in the region of Karnataka, Southern India.

    Chandrashekara, K; Somashekarappa, H M

    2016-08-01

    The activity concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb were estimated in some selected medicinal plants and soil samples of coastal Karnataka in India. The mean activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb varied in the range of 4.7-42.9 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) and 36.1-124 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) in the soil samples, and 3.3-63.7 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) and 12.0-406 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight), in the medicinal plant samples, respectively. The plants, Ocimum sanctum L. and Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng had significantly higher activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb than other species sampled. In spite of disequilibrium between them, these two radionuclides were well correlated in both soil and medicinal plants. PMID:27155527

  4. Preliminary Study on the Use of Radionuclides 137Cs and 210Pb and Spectro radiometry Techniques as Tools to Determine Soil Erosion State

    Radionuclides are largely used as tools for studying and quantifying soil erosion. The global fallout of artificial radionuclides derived from weapons testing (1945-1970) was rapidly and firmly fixed in soil surface horizons. This allowed determining soil erosion by comparing 137Cs inventories at individual sampling points with a reference inventory. This procedure is complemented with the 210Pbuns inventory calculation as an indicator of the local average of radionuclides deposition. Spectro radiometry is implemented to associate soil reflectance measurements to physical and chemical soil properties related to soil erosion processes obtained from laboratory analyses. The methodology applies both instrumental techniques in soil samples from a semiarid agricultural area near to Camarena (Toledo). The resulting inventories obtained for 137Cs and 210Pbexc are similar to the Spanish reference allowing comparation. Spectro radiometry results correlate well with soil properties measured in the laboratory and can be applied to determine these properties more quickly and easily, as well as for integration with gamma spectrometry results. This is a preliminary study to identify soils affected by erosion that is presented as a Master thesis of the Official Master Degree: Agro- Environmental Technology for a Sustainable Agriculture, of the Technical University of Madrid - School of Agricultural Engineers (UPM-ETSI). Coherent and complimentary results are obtained applying both instrumental techniques within this agricultural area.. (Author)

  5. The concentrations of 226 Ra and 210 Pb in food cultivated in Pocos de Caldas

    The aim of this study is to determine the average concentrations of 226 Ra and 210 Pb in vegetables widely cultivated in the region, mainly potatoes, carrots, beans and corn which are the main agricultural products (considering production and human consume) in the region and estimation of the average transfer factors soil-foodstuff for both radionuclides. The total 226 Ra and 210 Pb content in the soil was determined by gamma spectrometry. The exchangeable fraction was obtained by ammonium acetate solution extraction. The 226 Ra was analysed by the classical radon emanation procedure and the 210 Pb was isolated by a radiochemical procedure and determined by radiometry of its daughter 210 Bi beta emissions with a Geiger Mueller counter. (author)

  6. Levels and transfer of 210Po and 210Pb in Nordic terrestrial ecosystems

    Brown, J.E.; Gjelsvik, R.; Roos, Per;

    2011-01-01

    concentrations of the main dose forming radionuclides 210Po and 210Pb in biota from terrestrial ecosystems thus providing insight into the behaviour of these radioisotopes. Samples of soil, plants and animals were collected at Dovrefjell, Central Norway and Olkiluoto, Finland. Soil profiles from Dovrefjell...

  7. Intake of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po with food in Poland

    Pietrzak-Flis, Z.; Chrzanowski, E.; Dembinska, S. [Department of Radiation Hygiene, Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw (Poland)

    1997-09-06

    Intake with food and water of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po was determined for an adult population in regions of central, northern and northeastern Poland. The content of radionuclides was determined in the daily diet and, in the central region, also in foodstuffs and drinking water. The annual intake with foodstuffs was estimated on the basis of their average annual consumption. The {sup 226}Ra intake in northeastern Poland was approximately 17% higher than the overall average, correlating well with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb ratio was close to unity in the continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was approximately 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb ratio was found to be approximately 10. In central Poland the largest intake of {sup 226}Ra was with flour and vegetables (contribution approx. 60%), the largest intake of {sup 210}Pb was with flour and meat (approx. 50%) and the largest intake of {sup 210}Po was with fish (approx. 34%). From the intake and dose coefficient, annual effective doses were calculated. The dose from {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po was approx. 54 {mu}Sv year{sup -1}, and the dose from {sup 226}Ra was approx. 4 {mu}Sv year{sup -1}.

  8. Intake of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po with food in Poland

    Intake with food and water of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po was determined for an adult population in regions of central, northern and northeastern Poland. The content of radionuclides was determined in the daily diet and, in the central region, also in foodstuffs and drinking water. The annual intake with foodstuffs was estimated on the basis of their average annual consumption. The 226Ra intake in northeastern Poland was approximately 17% higher than the overall average, correlating well with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The 210Po/210Pb ratio was close to unity in the continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was approximately 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the 210Po/210Pb ratio was found to be approximately 10. In central Poland the largest intake of 226Ra was with flour and vegetables (contribution approx. 60%), the largest intake of 210Pb was with flour and meat (approx. 50%) and the largest intake of 210Po was with fish (approx. 34%). From the intake and dose coefficient, annual effective doses were calculated. The dose from 210Pb and 210Po was approx. 54 μSv year-1, and the dose from 226Ra was approx. 4 μSv year-1

  9. Review of the distribution of 210Pb in the world oceans and 210Pb/226Ra ratio as scavenging tracer

    It was first shown by Rama et al. (1961) that 210Pb has a very short residence time and is remove quickly from the surface waters by suspended particulate matter. Since the first application of the daughter-parent pair in the 238U series (210Pb/226Ra) for deep-scavenging studies by Craig et al (1973), a number of vertical profiles from major ocean basins have been published to investigate the residence time and scavenging rates of 210Pb. The vertical distributions of 210Pb in the deep-ocean vary widely, depending on its supply rates (the atmospheric deposition rate of 210Pb and production from 226Ra) and the intensity of scavenging. The inventories of 210Pb in the 3 distinct zones of the deep ocean (epipelagic, mesopelagic and bathypelagic zones) will be assessed and compared to the total supply rates. The variations in the scavenging intensities in these three zones will be assessed and presented. The inventory of 210Pb in the euphotic zone will be compared to the global atmospheric fallout data and the relative contribution of advection, production from 226Ra and atmospheric depositional input to the 210Pb inventory will be discussed. Evaluation of the distinct differences between different ocean basins in the supply rates as well as the scavenging intensities of 210Pb is assessed and the results will be presented. Using the 210Pb/226Ra ratios in the water column the scavenging residence times obtained for different ocean basins will be compared. The utility of 210Pb-226Ra pair towards studying boundary scavenging, sediment focusing/erosion, and settling velocity of particles based on the water column profiles, sediment trap data and inventories of 210Pb in sediments will also be presented. The utility of 210Pb as a tracer for other lithogenic elements in the marine environment will be discussed and the results will be summarized. (author)

  10. Validation of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb measurements in soil and sediment samples through high resolution gamma ray spectrometry

    Dias, Danila Carrijo da Silva; Silva, Nivaldo Carlos da; Bonifacio, Rodrigo Leandro; Guerrero, Eder Tadeu Zenun [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Laboratorio de Pocos de Caldas

    2013-07-01

    Radionuclides found in ore extraction waste materials are a great source of concern regarding public health and environmental safety. One technique to determine the concentration of substances is high resolution gamma ray spectrometry using HPGe. Validating a measurement technique is essential to warrant high levels of quality to any scientific work. The Laboratory of Pocos de Caldas of the Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy partakes into a Quality Management System project, seeking Accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 through the validation of techniques of chemical and radiometric analysis of environmental samples from water, soil and sediment. The focus of the Radon Laboratory at LAPOC is validation of Ra-226, Ra-228 and Pb-210 concentration determinations in soil and sediment through a gamma spectrometer system. The stages of this validation process included sample reception and preparation, detector calibration and sample analyses. Dried samples were sealed in metallic containers and analyzed after radioactive equilibrium between Ra-226 and daughters Pb-214 and Bi-214. Gamma spectrometry was performed using CANBERRA HPGe detector and gamma spectrum software Genie 2000. The photo peaks used for Ra-226 determination were 609 keV and 1020 keV of Bi-214 and 351 keV of Pb-214. For the Ra-228 determination a photopeak of 911 keV was used from its short half-life daughter Ac-228 (T1/2 = 6.12 h). For Pb-210, the photopeak of 46.5 keV was used, which, due to the low energy, self-absorption correction was needed. Parameters such as precision, bias/accuracy, linearity, detection limit and uncertainty were evaluated for that purpose. The results have pointed to satisfying results. (author)

  11. Geochemistry of 210Pb in the southeastern, US estuarine system

    This study was an attempt to determine the geochemical behavior of 210Pb in southeastern salt marsh estuaries. As a part of this study the 210Pb dating technique was applied to natural and anthropogenic deposits of the region. 210Pb activity of sediment and water from the Georgia coastal area was measured by alpha spectroscopy. The effects of grain size and carbon content of the sediment on 210Pb concentrations was evaluated and the activity of 210Pb in dissolved and particulate phases of rivers was measured as a function of salinity. Ages and sedimentation rates of sedimentary deposits were also determined for some deposits. 210Pb activity in dissolved and particulate phases of rivers showed no clear trends as functions of salinity. River particulate activities were three to four times higher than dissolved activities. The relationship between 210Pb activity in salt marsh sediments and grain size was highly significant. Direct application of the 210Pb method to date and determine sedimentation rates of natural and anthropogenic deposits was partially successful. The anthropogenic deposits, however, had to be dated on the basis of normalizing 210Pb activities to grain size (% silt and clay) and carbon content

  12. Behavior of 210Pb and 226Ra in tailing samples at Jaduguda

    Several investigation at various parts of the world as well as in different parts of India reported wide variation in activity of 210Pb and 226Ra in environmental matrices. Since 210Pb occurs in decay chain of 226Ra one would expect that in isolated and undisturbed domain the ratio to be nearly unity. However such a ratio is rarely reached. In the actual experience this ratio is influenced to different degree by several environmental parameters such as soil porosity, particle size distribution, and chemical nature of soil and subsurface and surface movement of water. A thorough study on 226Ra and 210Pb ratio can in principle be used as tool to evaluate some environmental parameters in the tailing ponds. A study of natural radioactivity levels including 226Ra and 210Pb in tailing sample around tailing pond area of uranium mining and milling complex located in the Singhbhum regions of Eastern India were undertaken. Tailing pond is covered with the normal background soil known as capping soil. This also reduces the emanation of radon and exposure due 226Ra and its daughter products. Tailings samples were collected after removing the top capping soil. Samples were processed as described by Environmental Measurement Laboratory (EML 1990). Activity concentration of natural 238U series radionuclide like thorium isotopes (234Th and 228Th), lead isotopes (210Pb and 212Pb), radium isotopes (226Ra and 228Ra) and 234mPa were measured using HPGe based high resolution gamma spectrometric technique after attaining secular equilibrium between 226Ra and its daughters. IAEA standard sources RGTh-1 (800 μg/g of 232Th), RGU-1 (400μg/g of 238U), were used for energy and efficiency calibration of the spectrometer in the same geometry (plastic containers of 6.5 cm dia x 7.5 cm ht) as that of the samples. (author)

  13. 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po in food and in population in Poland

    Content of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po was determined in daily diet, foodstuffs and drinking water in various regions in Poland. The annual intake of the radionuclides with foodstuffs for an adult population was estimated on the basis of the average annual consumption. The 226Ra intake was in all the places similar; variations between the samples from a locality were bigger than the differences between various localities. Slightly higher 226Ra intake was observed in Suwalki, evidently being associated with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The average 210Po/210Pb ratios was below and close to unity in the daily diet of continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was about 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the 210Po/210Pb ratio was close to 10. The calculated body burden for an adult man was 1.6 Bq for 226Ra, 6.8 Bq for210Pb and 6.8 Bq for 210Po. (author)

  14. A record of atmospheric 210Pb deposition in The Netherlands

    The deposition flux of total atmospheric 210Pb has been measured at two sites in The Netherlands: Texel from 1992 to 1996 and Groningen from 1989 to 1994. With predominant westerly oceanic winds, the annual 210Pb deposition is relatively low as 222Rn, the source for atmospheric 210Pb, is mainly exhaled by the continents. The daily fluctuations in 210Pb deposition are determined by the almost random daily fluctuations in precipitation and the concentration in groundlevel air. The variations in annual 210Pb deposition flux appear to be mainly correlated with the number of heavy rains or thunder storms. This explains the variations in annual deposition at short distance. The average 210Pb deposition at Groningen (1987-1994) is 200 mBq m-2 day-1. The 210Pb deposition over the North Sea is estimated to be 115 mBq m-2 day-1 in the same period. The deposition velocity in Groningen is 1.0 cm s-1, which is similar to measurements in Virginia and Connecticut. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  15. Bioaccumulation of 210Pb in the Kaveri River ecosystem, India

    Data on the concentrations of 210Pb in water, sediment and biota (plankton, weed, snail, bivalve, prawn and fish) of the Kaveri River ecosystem at Tiruchirappalli in South India are presented. The highest level of 210Pb activity was observed in the sediment (15.5 Bq kg-1 dry) and the lowest activity in water (2.7 mBq l-1). The root of the aquatic weed, Eichhornia crassipes, showed a higher activity (1.17 Bq kg-1 wet) than its shoot (0.22 Bq kg-1 wet). Among the biotic components, the shells and bones of animals accumulated higher 210Pb than their tissues and muscle. Among animals, the freshwater mussel, Lamellidens marginalis was identified to accumulate more 210Pb in its soft tissues (0.79 Bq kg-1 wet) and shell (6.55 Bq kg-1 wet) than prawns (muscle 0.65 Bq kg-1 wet; exoskeleton: 1.06 Bq kg-1) wet and fish (muscle: 0.24 Bq kg-1 wet; bone: 1.37 Bq kg-1 wet). The concentration factors (CFs) of 210Pb in biotic components ranged from ∼ 101 to ∼ 103 with higher CFs observed for shells and bones. It is shown that 210Pb undergoes a seasonal variation in surface deposition with minimum values in summer and maximum values in winter. The significance of the results of 210Pb in the abiotic and biotic environment of Kaveri River is discussed. (Author)

  16. 210Po/210Pb equilibrium ratios in Kaveri river ecosystem

    The behaviour of 210Po, the terminal radioactive member of the naturally occurring 238U series is reported to display markedly interesting movement and accumulation behaviour in the aquatic environment, from that of its parent 210Pb. A study was therefore carried out to investigate the status of 210Po/210Pb activity ratios in Kaveri river ecosystem extending from Karur to Grand Anicut (95 km). The paper presents the activity distribution of 210Po and 210Pb, and the observed 210Po/210Pb activity ratios in water, sediment and certain aquatic organisms (plankton, prawn, bivalve and fish) of the river. The aquatic organisms preferentially accumulated more 210Po than 210Pb. The results also demonstrate that while dissolved 210Po/210Pb ratios in river water are less than unity (0.52 - 0.71), there is a gradual enhancement of these ratios in river sediments (1.31 - 1.67) and plankton (5.2). Significantly higher ratios were recorded in higher species like crustacea, mollusca and fish, with a typical range observed from ∼10 to ∼102. The study thus illustrates the active uptake of 210Po than 210Pb by the biotic components of the river. (author). 11 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  17. Comparison of electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially polluted soil.

    Ottosen, Lisbeth M; Lepkova, Katarina; Kubal, Martin

    2006-09-01

    Electrokinetic remediation methods for removal of heavy metals from polluted soils have been subjected for quite intense research during the past years since these methods are well suitable for fine-grained soils where other remediation methods fail. Electrodialytic remediation is an electrokinetic remediation method which is based on applying an electric dc field and the use of ion exchange membranes that ensures the main transport of heavy metals to be out of the pollutes soil. An experimental investigation was made with electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially polluted soil under the same operational conditions (constant current density 0.2 mA/cm(2) and duration 28 days). The results of the present paper show that caution must be taken when generalising results obtained in spiked kaolinite to remediation of industrially polluted soils, as it was shown that the removal rate was higher in kaolinite than in both spiked soil and industrial polluted soil. The duration of spiking was found to be an important factor too, when attempting to relate remediation of spiked soil or kaolinite to remediation of industrially polluted soils. Spiking for 2 days was too short. However, spiking for 30 days resulted in a pattern that was more similar to that of industrially polluted soils with similar compositions both regarding sequential extraction and electrodialytic remediation result, though the remediation still progressed slightly faster in the spiked soil. Generalisation of remediation results to a variety of soil types must on the other hand be done with caution since the remediation results of different industrially polluted soils were very different. In one soil a total of 76% Cu was removed and in another soil no Cu was removed only redistributed within the soil. The factor with the highest influence on removal success was soil pH, which must be low in order to mobilize Cu, and thus the buffering capacity against acidification was

  18. Advantages and limitations of 137Cs, 210Pb and 7Be methodologies for assessing erosion and sedimentation processes

    As demonstrated by around 4000 research papers published, fallout radionuclides 'FRN' (137Cs, 210Pb and 7Be) have been successfully used as soil redistribution tracers for measuring erosion and sedimentation processes. A table presents the advantages and limitations of each of the FRNs as soil redistribution tracers

  19. Atmospheric deposition of 210Po and 210Pb in Malaysian waters during haze events

    Biogenic burning as forest fire phenomena occurring from April to August each year in the Sumatra and Borneo islands are major sources of biogenic uranium–thorium decay series in marine systems. 30 samples were collected during the Ekspedisi Pelayaran Saintifik Perdana 2009 cruise (EPSP 2009 cruise) between 12th June and 1st August 2009 from the Straits of Malacca to the Sulu and Sulawesi Seas to study the effect of haze and the monsoon season on the deposition rate of 210Po and 210Pb in Malaysian waters. All samples were spiked with 1 ml of lead [Pb(NO3)2; 25 mg ml-1] and 0.05 ml of Polonium-209 tracer (26.08 dpm ml-1). 210Po activity was determined by auto plating onto silver foil and counting using an alpha spectrometry system (Canberra model Alpha Analyst with a silicon-surface barrier detector). Lead that was collected via electrodeposition, formed lead sulphate (PbSO4) precipitation. This precipitate was wrapped onto plastic discs and counted for 210Pb beta activity using a gross alpha-beta counting system (Tennelec model LB-5100 low background gas-flowing anti-coincidence alpha/beta counter) after 1 month to allow bismuth ingrowths. The range of 210Po activities varied between 51.08 ± 15.1 and 742.08 ± 220.34 Bq/kg, whereas the activity of 210Pb ranged from 31.10 ± 4.20 to 880.23 ± 123.86 Bq/kg and 210Po/210Pb ratio value varied between sampling stations from 0.19 to 13.77. The contents of 210Po were also statistically positively correlated with the amount of total suspended particulate especially those recorded during heavy haze period events. (author)

  20. 226Ra and 210Pb relationship in solid wastes and plants at Uranium mill tailing

    After the uranium extraction from the ore, the waste residues (tailings) contain several radionuclides in elevated levels comparing to normal soils. Nearly all of the uranium progenies (230Th, 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po) and the unextracted uranium fraction are present in tailings. These large quantities of tailings may provide a significant source of environmental and food chain contamination. The transfer of radioisotopes between different ecological compartments is frequently evaluated using ratios which relate the radionuclide content in one ecosystem compartment to that of another. For instance, the concentration ratio (CR), i.e., the ratio between radionuclide concentrations in tailings and plants can be evaluated. Radium-226, a long-lived alfa emitter, is a chemical analog of calcium. The 226Ra uptake is similar to calcium in biological and ecological systems. The uptake of 210Pb will follow the same pattern as natural lead. Plants do not require lead but in contrast they require the Ra/Ca group elements. The uptake of lead is mainly a function of the lead tolerance of the plant and the hydrogen ion concentration of the soil. Kalin and Sharma (1982) reported that 226Ra and 210Pb uptake by indigenous species from inactive uranium mill tailings in Canada differ from the uptake of the elements by the same plants growing in soil. Ibrahim and Whicker (1992) reported that tailing acidity tends to enhance radionuclide availability for plant uptake. The transport of radionuclides to foliage and subsequent retention and absorption may play a role in plant contamination. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the 226Ra and 210Pb relationship in tailings and plants growing at uranium mill tailings

  1. Fast procedure for self-absorption correction for low γ energy radionuclide 210Pb determination in solid environmental samples

    Low-energy X and γ radiations (for example of 210Pb: Eγ = 46.5 keV) are effectively self-absorbed even in thin environmental samples, including air filters with captured dust or contaminated soil, as well as in bottom sediment matrixes with limited quantities of the samples. In this paper, a simple method for the direct analysis of 210Pb (T1/2 = 22.3 years) by gamma-ray spectrometry in environmental samples with self-absorption correction is described. The method is based on the comparison of two γ peak activities coming from other natural radionuclides, usually present in environmental samples. We have analyzed the dependence of the self-absorption correction factor for the 210Pb activity on the activity ratios of 911 and 209 keV peaks and 609 and 295 keV peaks coming from nuclides of 238U or 232Th rows, present in typical environmental samples. (author)

  2. The Radiological Impact of 210Pb and 210Po Released from the Iron- and Steel-Making Plant ILVA in Taranto (Italy) on the Environment and the Public

    Guogang Jia

    2013-01-01

    Lead-210 and 210Po are naturally occurring radionuclides. Due to volatile characteristic of lead and polonium, environmental pollution of 210Pb and 210Po released from the coal power plant, steel-making industry and refractory material industry has been an exposure problem for the members of public. In this paper studies on the activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in the raw materials, dust particles, surficial soils and atmospheric particulate samples collected in the area of the Iron-...

  3. A study of 210Pb and 210Po levels in various food components and computation of ingestion dose to the resident community at Kalpakkam, Tamilnadu, India

    210Pb is a member of 238U series and a beta (Emax: 0.017 MeV) and gamma (0.047 MeV) emitting isotope with half-life of 22 years. 210Po, the last radioactive member of 238U series, is an alpha emitter (5.3 MeV) having a half-life of 138.4 days which reportedly delivers a significantly high dose to human population via. ingestion route. According to Clayton and Bradley (1995) about 18% of the average internal dose to the population is due to ingestion of 210Po along with its precursor 210Pb. The main source of 210Pb and 210Po in the environment is 222Rn gas, a daughter product of 226Ra, which diffuses into the atmosphere from rocks and soil where it ultimately decay to 210Pb, 210Bi and then to 210Po in the atmosphere. 210Pb and 210Po attach themselves further electrostatically to aerosol particles, transported back to earth's surface to soil, plant and aquatic environments by dry deposition and washout and both are directly taken up by plants, either from the soil through the root system or by foliar sorption from the air. Besides these radionuclide are also generated in plants from 226Ra assimilated from soil and water. This paper presents the distribution of 210Pb and 210Po activities in food of plant origin and food of animal origin in addition to salt and drinking water collected in and around Kalpakkam. The ingestion dose received due to the intake of 210Pb and 210Po via. dietary sources by the public at Kalpakkam, was computed using the 210Pb and 210Po activity data in the analysed matrices

  4. Leaves of higher plants as biomonitors of radionuclides (137Cs, 40K, 210Pb and 7Be) in urban air.

    Todorović, Dragana; Popović, Dragana; Ajtić, Jelena; Nikolić, Jelena

    2013-01-01

    Leaves of linden (Tilia tomentosa L. and Tilia cordata Mill.) and horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) were analysed as biomonitors of radionuclides in urban air. Samples of soils, leaves and aerosols were collected in Belgrade, Serbia. Activities of (137)Cs, (40)K, (210)Pb and (7)Be in the samples were measured on an HPGe detector by standard gamma spectrometry. "Soil-to-leaves" transfer factors were calculated. Student's t test and linear Pearson correlation coefficients were used for statistical analysis. Differences in local conditions at the sampling sites were not significant, and the mechanisms of the radionuclides' accumulation in both plant species are similar. Ceasium-137 was detected in some of the leaf samples only. Transfer factors for (137)Cs and (40)K were (0.03-0.08) and 1.3, respectively. The concentrations of (210)Pb and (7)Be in leaves were higher in autumn than in spring, and there were some similarities in their seasonal patterns in leaves and in air. Weak to medium correlation was obtained for the (210)Pb and (7)Be activities in leaves and aerosols. Large positive correlation was obtained for the (210)Pb activities in linden leaves and the mean activity in aerosols for the preceding months. Different primary modes of radionuclides accumulation in leaves were observed. Since large positive correlation was obtained for the (210)Pb activity in linden leaves and the mean in aerosols for the preceding months, mature linden leaves could be used as biomonitors of recent (210)Pb activity in air. PMID:22562351

  5. Calibration and measurement of 210Pb using two independent techniques

    An experimental procedure has been developed for a rapid and accurate determination of the activity concentration of 210Pb in sediments by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). Additionally, an alternative technique using γ-spectrometry and Monte Carlo simulation has been developed. A radiochemical procedure, based on radium and barium sulphates co-precipitation have been applied to isolate the Pb-isotopes. 210Pb activity measurements were done in a low background scintillation spectrometer Quantulus 1220. A calibration of the liquid scintillation spectrometer, including its α/β discrimination system, has been made, in order to minimize background and, additionally, some improvements are suggested for the calculation of the 210Pb activity concentration, taking into account that 210Pb counting efficiency cannot be accurately determined. Therefore, the use of an effective radiochemical yield, which can be empirically evaluated, is proposed. 210Pb activity concentration in riverbed sediments from an area affected by NORM wastes has been determined using both the proposed method. Results using γ-spectrometry and LSC are compared to the results obtained following indirect α-spectrometry (210Po) method

  6. {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in Finnish cereals

    Turtiainen, Tuukka, E-mail: tuukka.turtiainen@stuk.f [STUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, P.O. Box 14, 00881 Helsinki (Finland); Kostiainen, Eila, E-mail: eila.kostiainen@stuk.f [STUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, P.O. Box 14, 00881 Helsinki (Finland); Hallikainen, Anja, E-mail: anja.hallikainen@evira.f [Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Mustialankatu 3, 00790 Helsinki (Finland)

    2011-05-15

    A survey was carried out on the activity concentrations of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in cereal grains produced in Finland. The cereal species were wheat (Triticum aestivum), rye (Secale cereale), oats (Avena sativa) and barley (Hordeum vulgare), which account for 90% of the Finnish consumption of cereal products. The survey consisted of 18 flour and 13 unprocessed cereal samples and one hulled grain sample from 22 flour mills. According to the results, the mean {sup 210}Pb/{sup 210}Po concentrations in wheat grains, wheat flour, rye flour, oat grains and barley grains were 0.29, 0.12, 0.29, 0.36 and 0.36 Bq kg{sup -1}, respectively. Combined with the consumption rates of the products, we assess that the mean effective doses from {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in cereal products for the adult male and female population are 22 and 17 {mu}Sv per year, respectively.

  7. /sup 210/Pb in a tropical coastal lagoon sediment core

    Paez-Osuna, F.; Mandelli, E.F. (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Sinaloa. Inst. de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia)

    1985-03-01

    Excess /sup 210/Pb in a core from a Mexican Coastal Lagoon, which has no connection with the sea shows a small but measurable decay over the length of the core; when different approaches were compared significant differences in the values for the sedimentation rate are obtained. The best coefficient correlation was calculated when corrected /sup 210/Pb activity for the uneven distribution of organic matter and cumulative inorganic weight is considered. Time frames in the sedimentary column were in agreement between the /sup 210/Pb calculated time and the appearance of shell fragments probably associated with the disturbances caused by the 1961 hurricane Tara. The surface accumulation rate is equivalent to a mean deposition of 262.5 g m/sup -2/ yr/sup -1/ of organic matter which is minor but comparable to some salt marshes of United States.

  8. Efficiency calibration of a planar HPGe spectrometer and measurement method for 210Pb

    A semi-empirical formula was adopted to calibrate an φ43.8 x 5 mm planar HPGe low energy γ and X ray spectrometer for the full energy peak efficiency of environmental samples in the energy range between about 14 and 63 keV. The procedure of calibration was described, and the results of calibration were compared with those obtained through a set of volume reference sources of 241Am and U-Ra (in equilibrium), which were made of mediums of coal, gangue, soil and coal ash. It was found that results from semi-empirical formula and reference sources were consistent within +- 5.5%. Another simple technique for calibration and measurement of 210Pb in environmental samples were also described. The measurement results obtained with the spectrometer calibrated with semi-empirical formula and simple technique for calibration and measurement of 210Pb were agreement within +-7.5% for 210Pb and 238U in gangue samples

  9. Comparison of electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially polluted soil

    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Lepkova, Katarina; Kubal, Martin

    2006-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation methods for removal of heavy metals from polluted soils have been subjected for quite intense research during the past years since these methods are well suitable for fine-grained soils where other remediation methods fail. Electrodialytic remediation is an electrokinetic...... remediation method which is based on applying an electric DC field and the use of ion exchange membranes that ensures the main transport of heavy metals to be out of the pollutes soil. An experimental investigation was made with electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially...... polluted soil under the same operational conditions (constant current density 0.2 mA/cm2 and duration 28 days). The results of the present paper show that caution must be taken when generalising results obtained in spiked kaolinite to remediation of industrially polluted soils, as it was shown that the...

  10. Comparison of electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially polluted soil

    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Lepkova, Katarina; Kubal, Martin

    2006-01-01

    remediation method which is based on applying an electric DC field and the use of ion exchange membranes that ensures the main transport of heavy metals to be out of the pollutes soil. An experimental investigation was made with electrodialytic removal of Cu from spiked kaolinite, spiked soil and industrially......Electrokinetic remediation methods for removal of heavy metals from polluted soils have been subjected for quite intense research during the past years since these methods are well suitable for fine-grained soils where other remediation methods fail. Electrodialytic remediation is an electrokinetic...

  11. Dual-core mass-balance approach for evaluating mercury and210Pb atmospheric fallout and focusing to lakes

    Van Metre, P.C.; Fuller, C.C.

    2009-01-01

    Determining atmospheric deposition rates of mercury and other contaminants using lake sediment cores requires a quantitative understanding of sediment focusing. Here we present a novel approach that solves mass-balance equations for two cores algebraically to estimate contaminant contributions to sediment from direct atmospheric fallout and from watershed and in-lake focusing. The model is applied to excess 210Pb and Hg in cores from Hobbs Lake, a high-altitude lake in Wyoming. Model results for excess 210Pb are consistent with estimates of fallout and focusing factors computed using excess 210Pb burdens in lake cores and soil cores from the watershed and model results for Hg fallout are consistent with fallout estimated using the soil-core-based 210Pb focusing factors. The lake cores indicate small increases in mercury deposition beginning in the late 1800s and large increases after 1940, with the maximum at the tops of the cores of 16-20 ??g/m 2year. These results suggest that global Hg emissions and possibly regional emissions in the western United States are affecting the north-central Rocky Mountains. Hg fallout estimates are generally consistent with fallout reported from an ice core from the nearby Upper Fremont Glacier, but with several notable differences. The model might not work for lakes with complex geometries and multiple sediment inputs, but for lakes with simple geometries, like Hobbs, it can provide a quantitative approach for evaluating sediment focusing and estimating contaminant fallout.

  12. Size distribution measurements of stable Pb and 210Pb

    High volume impactor measurements were taken to define the particle size distribution of atmospheric stable Pb and 210Pb. This was done in an effort to establish if a particle size effect could be responsible for the differences in wet and dry deposition values of stable Pb and 210Pb. Duplicate impactor tests were run on the roof of the Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML) and at the Regional Baseline Station in Chester, NJ, to determine the feasibility of collecting flow controlled impactor samples over extended sampling periods. The test results indicate that 210Pb is associated more with smaller particles than is the stable Pb (63% vs 53%, on the average for particles less than 0.58 μm). This difference, although not large, is beyond the experimental error. The duplicate samples gave results that are in good agreement. The differences observed between the total air concentrations at the urban and rural sites are as expected, since 210Pb has a natural source while Pb is of anthropogenic origin

  13. Radiometric evaluation of the {sup 210}Pb in the estuary of the SUAPE Pole in the State of Pernambuco

    Carneiro, Paula Frassinetti P.; Antonio Filho, Joao; Mendonca, Keyla Mary C., E-mail: jaf@ufpe.com [Departamento de Energia Nuclear (DEN/UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil); Carvalho, Wellington S. [Faculdade Integrada de Pernambuco (FACIPE), Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Nowadays there is a growing interest in the study of natural radioactivity levels, mainly of radionuclide {sup 210}Pb present in the environment. The environmental radioactivity control is of extreme importance for attainment of information on the exposition of humans and vegetables the potential sources in natural radioactive occurrences. Industrial processes involving mining and extraction and production of oil foster concentration of radionuclides, contributing to the occurrence of what is known as TENORM Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material. This work aims to assess the environmental radiological impact on the Estuarine Region of the SUAPE Industrial Pole, due to the installation of an oil refinery and the consequent introduction on the environment of natural radioactive materials from other regions. For this, were determined the concentrations of {sup 210}Pb in samples de soil, sediments, roots and levels of fen and fishes in the region above reported, these data will serve of parameters of reference for a radiometric evaluation on future radioecology impacts caused by the functioning of the refinery of SUAPE oil. To determine the concentration of {sup 210}Pb was used the Ionic Resin Exchange method, for in such a way, the detector was used alpha-beta. Concentrations of {sup 210}Pb in the soils, sediments, roots and levels of fen samples vary respectively from 27 {+-} 2 to 60 {+-} 5, from 18 {+-} 5 to 60 {+-} 6, from 65 {+-} 2 to 117 {+-} 3, from 217 {+-} 6 to 239 {+-} 7 Bq.kg-1. Concentrations of the {sup 210}Pb in samples of some species of fish found in the studied region, such as Mullet, Salema, Catfish and Carapitinga, was also determined varying from 26 {+-} 11 to 62 {+-} 6 Bq.kg-1. The results obtained in the samples of soils, sediments, roots of fen e fishes showed that the concentrations of {sup 210}Pb in the environment are normal for the patterns of the area and are in accordance with data the found ones in literature

  14. Characteristics of U-pattern distribution of high-concentration 210Pb in surface air at central Guizhou, China

    WAN Guojiang; YANG Wei; WANG Shilu; WAN Enyuan; WU Fengchang; S.N.LEE; WANG Changsheng; HUANG Ronggui

    2005-01-01

    A better understanding of the variation of 210Pb concentrations in the surface air is the key to trace lake sedimentation and catchment erosion, to establish and validate the global diffusion model of contaminants, and to assess the impact of natural radiation on the ecological system. Basing on the study progresses of the sedimentation, the atmospheric model and the unique environmental background in the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, and starting from December 20, 2001, we made use of a 500 NE Type aerosol sampler to collect filter samples, once a week in the past consecutive two years, in the surface air at Mt. Guanfeng, Guiyang City, China. Synchronous detailed γ-energy spectrometric observations of 210Pb concentrations at both Chinese and U.S. laboratories have shown that the average monthly 210Pb concentration displays a regular U-patterns distribution of annual variations, with high values appearing in winter and low values in late spring and summer. The average annual 210Pb concentrations are estimated to be 2.77±0.63 mBq/m3, about 4 times the average maximum concentrations reported from quite a number of monitoring stations throughout the world. The possible factors affecting the sources of 210Pb in the surface air in the central part of Guizhou Province are: Release of 222Rn from the U-Ra series enriched in the soils; chemical weathering of carbonate rocks; the exploitation, processing and utilization of coal and phosphorous resources. The principal factor controlling the high 210Pb concentrations in the surface air in the central Guizhou and their annual U-pattern distribution is the release of 222Rn. The average monthly 210Pb concentrations show a good negative power- function relationship with increasing precipitation and also show a good negative linear-function relationship with the rise of air temperature in month grouping. Group No.1 (June to November) reflects a relatively low release of 222Rn from soils in relatively high temperature seasons; Group No

  15. Transfer of 226Ra and 210Pb to forage and milk in a Brazilian high natural radioactivity region

    The Pocos de Caldas plateau, where the Brazilian uranium mine and mill facilities are located, is a natural high radioactivity region. A study has been carried out in order to assess the environmental transport of the natural radionuclides in the region. The present work is concerned with the transfer of 226Ra and 210Pb to forage and milk. Similar concentrations for both radionuclides were found in soil samples. In forage 210Pb concentrations are one order of magnitude higher than those of 226Ra, however, the milk samples presented higher values for 226Ra concentrations. The average forage to milk concentration factors are of the order of 10-4 d.l-1 for 226Ra and 10-5 d.l-1 for 210Pb. Regarding transfer mechanisms, the results suggest the foliar deposition as the main pathway for 210Pb uptake by the forage. In contrast, for 226Ra the root uptake appears as the main transfer pathway. (author)

  16. Transfer analysis of 210Po and 210Pb in the terrestrial environment

    The transfer of 210Po and 210Pb between various compartments in the terrestrial environment has been analysed by using published data. The average activity concentration of 210Po in dry soil is 61 ± 14 Bq.kg-1 (median 44 Bq.kg-1). Ground water concentrations of 210Po in drilled wells might be as high as 6.5 Bq/l. But in regular drinking water it is just about 3-5 mBq/l. The uptake of radionuclides from soil to plant is usually given as the ratio of dry matter radionuclide-activity concentrations of plant (ACplant) and soil (ACsoil) respectively. This ratio is called the soil transfer factor: STF = ACplant/ACsoil. The soil transfer factor varies widely between various types of crops with an average of about 0.056±0.003. The activity concentrations in leafy plants are, however highly affected by the atmospheric deposition of 210Pb and 210Po. By comparing the activity concentrations in plants grown on an open field with those grown on a field sheltered by a polyethylene tent, it has been possible to estimate a deposition transfer factor: DTF = Difference of the dry matter activity concentration (Bq.kg-1) of plant grown in open field and plants grown in tent shelter, divided by the atmospheric deposition during the vegetation period (Bq.m-2). The deposition transfer factor for 210Pb thus estimated is in the order of 0.5-1.0 (m2.kg-1 dry matter) for leafy plants like grass and 0.1-0.5 for less leafy plant and straw. For various grains it is < 0.2 and for root fruits it is < 0.003 (m2.kg-1 dry matter). Corresponding values for 210Po are about a factor 3 times higher. The world average activity concentration of 210Po in fresh leafy vegetable is estimated to 320±190 mBq.kg-1, and in cereals and grain products 240±80 mBq.kg-1. The average activity concentration in milk products is 59 ± 13 mBq.kg-1 and in meat products about 70 ± 39 mBq.kg-1. The dietary intake of milk and meat products is 170 kg.a- which is the highest of all food items of terrestrial origin. The

  17. Tracking legacy radionuclides in St. Louis, Missouri, via unsupported (210)Pb.

    Kaltofen, Marco P J; Alvarez, Robert; Hixson, Lucas

    2016-03-01

    Analysis of 287 soil, sediment and house dust samples collected in a 200 km(2)-zone in northern St. Louis County, Missouri, establish that offsite migration of radiological contaminants from Manhattan Project-era uranium processing wastes has occurred in this populated area. Specifically, 48% of samples (111 of a subset of 229 soils and sediments tested) had (210)Pb concentrations above the risk-based soil cleanup limits for residential farming established by the US Department of Energy at the Fernald, OH, uranium plant, which handled and stored the same concentrated Manhattan Project-era wastes; the geographical distribution of the exceedances are consistent with water and radon gas releases from a landfill and related sites used to store and dispose of legacy uranium wastes; and offsite soil and house dust samples proximal to the landfill showed distinctive secular disequilibrium among uranium and its progeny indicative of uranium ore processing wastes. The secular disequilibrium of uranium progeny in the environment provides an important method for distinguishing natural uranium from industrial uranium wastes. In this study, the detection of unsupported (210)Pb beyond expected atmospheric deposition rates is examined as a possible indicator of excessive radon emissions from buried uranium and radium-containing wastes. PMID:26741397

  18. Sedimentation rates in Manila Bay from 210Pb profiles

    Manila Bay is one of the water systems affected by red tide occurrences. In an effort to provide an age control to the cyst produced by the red tide causative organism, Pyrodinium bahamense var compressum, several cores were collected from the bay and analyzed for lead-210 (210Pb) by alpha spectrometry. The surface activity ranges from 1.31 dpm/g to 4.56 dpm/g with an average at 3.32 dpm/g. The derived 210Pb vertical profiles indicate a marked increase of 5x to 10x in sedimentation rate in the last ten years in the deeper portions of the bay. This is probably due to the elevated sediment yield of rivers after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 as can be seen in the profiles of the three cores. (Author)

  19. 210Pb dating of sediments from Havana Bay

    The study of sedimentation rates and age of marine sediments has been performed through many years using natural and artificial radioactive isotopes. Polluted sediments were collected in three sampling points in the Havana Bay. Sedimentation rates were estimated using two different radiometric approaches: the depth profiles of 137Cs and 210Pb. The maximum activity 137Cs might indicate the proximity of the 1964's. The unsupported 210Pb has been measured to apply both the Constant Initial Concentration Method (CIC) and the Constant Rate of Supply Method (CRS) Dating Models. The results show values for sedimentation rate ranging from 0.2 up to 1.3 cm x y-1 increasing with time which manifests the importance of the achievement of a project of dredging. (author)

  20. Deposition of atmospheric 210Pb and total beta activity in Finland

    The seasonal and regional variation of the atmospheric 210Pb deposition in Finland was studied. The 210Pb activity concentration in precipitation shows a decreasing trend from southeastern Finland north-westwards. An average deposition of 40 Bq/m2 during a 12 months period was observed. The deposition of 210Pb shows a seasonal variation with minimum in spring and maximum in autumn and winter. The specific activity of 210Pb (activity of 210Pb per unit mass of stable lead) in the atmosphere has returned to the level prior to World War II owing to the reduced lead emissions into the atmosphere. (author)

  1. A record of atmospheric 210Pb accumulation in the industrial city

    Buraeva, E A; Stasov, V V; Zorina, L V; Shramenko, B I

    2013-01-01

    The deposition flux of total atmospheric 210Pb in the industrial city Rostov-on-Don, Russia from 2002 to 2010 has been measured. The variations in annual 210Pb deposition flux appear to be mainly correlated with the number of rains and significant amount of anthropogenic 210Pb, polluted into the surface layer of air in the home-heating period. The average 210Pb deposition is 1.75 mBq/m3. Several meteorological parameters which are strongly associated with the fluctuations of concentrations of 210Pb are identified. These results are useful to provide typical information on the atmosphere radioactivity in an industrial city.

  2. 210Pb method for estimating the rate of carbonate sand sedimentation

    Holmes, Charles W.

    1981-01-01

    The plot of 210Pb activity against depth in carbonate sands on the Virgin Island Bank is a negative asymmetric hyperbolic curve. As depth increases, an initial rapid decrease in 210Pb activity caused by the decay of unsupported 210Pb and 226Ra is followed by increasing activity as a result of 210Pb achieving equilibrium with in growing 230Th. As this curve is time dependent, an estimate of the relative ages in carbonate sequences and the rates of net carbonate accumulation can be made. The ease of 210Pb activity determinations makes this procedure an attractive method in obtaining carbonate sand accumulation rates.

  3. Determination of 210Pb and 210Po in cigarette tobacco

    Cigarette smoking is one of the important pathways that could contribute to enhance the radiation dose to man, due to the relatively large concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po found in tobacco leaves. In this work, concentrations of these two radionuclides were determined in eight of the most commercialized cigarette brands produced in Brazil. The samples analyzed were bought randomly in the market. The 210Pb was determined by counting the beta activity of the 210Bi in a gas flow proportional detector, after radiochemical separation and precipitation of the PbCr04. The 210Po was determined by alpha spectrometry, using a surface barrier detector, after radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of Po in copper disk. The results showed concentrations ranging from 11,9 to 30,2 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Pb and from 10,9 to 27,4 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Po. (author)

  4. Evaluation of 239+240Pu, 137Cs and natural 210Pb fallout in agricultural upland fields in Rokkasho, Japan

    The background distributions of 239+240Pu and 137Cs fallout in agricultural soil were investigated in Rokkasho where Japan's first commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant is now being constructed. The mean inventories of 239+240Pu and 137Cs in three fields with non-yam-cultivation history were 116 Bq x m-2 and 3.4 kBq x m-2, respectively. The mean atomic ratio of 240Pu/239Pu for all studied fields was 0.18±0.04, and was similar to that of global fallout. The 239+240Pu concentrations correlated very well with 137Cs (r = 0.97) in spite of heavy disturbance of the soil, and the activity ratio of 239+240Pu/137Cs was 0.037 ± 0.007, which is a typical value for global fallout. These results showed that the nuclides had similar behavior in agricultural upland fields in Rokkasho. Since 210Pb is steadily deposited from the atmosphere to the land, this nuclide could be an index for the degree of disturbance of a field and of soil lost from the field. The ratio of excess 210Pb inventory in the soil to the equivalent inventory of atmospheric 210Pb deposition was 96%, and indicated that soil was not lost from the cultivated fields. (author)

  5. Assessment of 210Pb concentration in Nicotiana tabacum L., burley variety, cultivated in Brazil

    Tobacco products are extensively used throughout the world and the most consumed are cigarettes, cigars and narghile. The damaging effects that these products cause to human health are discussed worldwide and many researches are performed with the aim of relating the use of these products with various diseases. Brazil is the largest exporter and second largest producer of tobacco worldwide, according to the crop year 2009/2010 production. The tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum L.) is used to manufacture all derivatives and the chemical composition of the resulting tobacco varies with the type of tobacco leaves, how they are grown, the region where they are cultivated, the characteristics of preparation and the temperature variations resulting from the tobacco incomplete combustion. There is lack of information about the chemical and radiological characterization of the tobacco plant both in international and Brazilian literature. Thus a project was established with the objectives of characterizing chemically and radiologically the three varieties most cultivated in Brazil of Nicotiana tobacum L., Virginia, Burley and Common; this paper presents the preliminary results of 210Pb concentrations for the Burley variety. Plants from this variety were cultivated in pots with organic substrate and fertilizer and in a small farm in natural conditions. The entire plant was analyzed, the organic substrates, the fertilizers and the soil. The results obtained presented higher values for 210Pb in leaves when compared with the other parts of the plant. Comparing the three study areas the highest results of 210Pb concentration were obtained in the plants cultivated in the urban area probably due to its atmospheric deposition. (author)

  6. Assessment of {sup 210}Pb concentration in Nicotiana tabacum L., burley variety, cultivated in Brazil

    Rocha, Rique J.F.X.; Silva, Carolina F.; Frujuele, Jonatan V.; Bovolini, Raquel R.; Damatto, Sandra R., E-mail: rjrocha@ipen.br, E-mail: cfsilva@ipen.br, E-mail: jonatanfrujuele@hotmail.com, E-mail: ra_bovolini@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: damatto@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Radiometria Ambiental

    2013-07-01

    Tobacco products are extensively used throughout the world and the most consumed are cigarettes, cigars and narghile. The damaging effects that these products cause to human health are discussed worldwide and many researches are performed with the aim of relating the use of these products with various diseases. Brazil is the largest exporter and second largest producer of tobacco worldwide, according to the crop year 2009/2010 production. The tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum L.) is used to manufacture all derivatives and the chemical composition of the resulting tobacco varies with the type of tobacco leaves, how they are grown, the region where they are cultivated, the characteristics of preparation and the temperature variations resulting from the tobacco incomplete combustion. There is lack of information about the chemical and radiological characterization of the tobacco plant both in international and Brazilian literature. Thus a project was established with the objectives of characterizing chemically and radiologically the three varieties most cultivated in Brazil of Nicotiana tobacum L., Virginia, Burley and Common; this paper presents the preliminary results of {sup 210}Pb concentrations for the Burley variety. Plants from this variety were cultivated in pots with organic substrate and fertilizer and in a small farm in natural conditions. The entire plant was analyzed, the organic substrates, the fertilizers and the soil. The results obtained presented higher values for {sup 210}Pb in leaves when compared with the other parts of the plant. Comparing the three study areas the highest results of {sup 210}Pb concentration were obtained in the plants cultivated in the urban area probably due to its atmospheric deposition. (author)

  7. The Use of Biomonitors to Monitor Atmospheric Deposition of 210Pb

    The main source of 210Pb in the environment is the exhalation of 222Rn gas from the ground to the atmosphere during the radioactive decay of natural uranium - radium chain. In the atmosphere this radionuclide is rapidly attached to small particles - aerosols, predominantly on those particles below 0.3 mm. The half-life of 210Pb is longer than the atmospheric residence time of the aerosols on which it resides (1). By sedimentation and washout of aerosols this nuclide is then transferred to the soil or vegetation. The other main sources include burning of fossil fuels and phosphate fertilizers. The usual way to determine the levels of 210Pb and other radionuclides in the atmosphere is the use of a high volume filter system, which should operate for a long time to collect enough material for analysis. An other approach to determining the outdoor levels of radionuclides is the use of suitable biomonitors such as lichens or mosses. These organisms, although neither evolutionarie nor taxonomically related, have some common characteristics which enable them to be used as monitors for atmospheric pollution. They lack roots and protective organs against the substances derived from the atmosphere (stomata and cuticle) and are very efficient accumulators of atmospheric particulate material and chemical substances such as radionuclides or heavy metals (2). The levels of these substances in lichens and mosses are usually much higher than in air particulates or precipitation and for these reason the analysis is much easier. Another advantage of biomonitors over conventional sampling of air particulates or precipitation is that the collection of lichens or mosses is very cheap therefore allows a very large number of sites to be included in the same survey and permits detailed geographical deposition patterns to be drawn (3). It must be emphasised that concentration data on elements or radionuclides in lichens or mosses represent the relative deposition patterns over a certain

  8. A method for rapid determination of 210Pb radioactivity in environmental water

    Background: There are three methods for determination of 210Pb radioactivity concentration in environmental water. One is detecting p rays of 210Bi guided by the EJT 859-1994, one is detecting α rays of 210Po for 210Pb radioactivity, and the other is using gamma ray spectrometer to determinate the radioactivity of 210Pb. But the first method can not give an exact recovery rate of 210Pb, the second one is a time-consuming process, and the third one is unable to detect 210Pb in water samples because of its detection limit. This paper describes a method of rapid determination of 210Pb in environmental water with the anion exchange. Purpose: To determine the radioactivity of 210Pb in water samples rapidly. Methods: The stable Pb carrier is added to the water samples for the recovery rate in the chemical and physical process. 210Pb and Pb carrier in the water samples are adsorbed and concentrated by Fe(OH)3 co-precipitation undergoing heating. 210Pb and its carrier are isolated from most interference by an anion exchange. The PbSO4 precipitation has been purified via being precipitated for three times. The PbSO4 precipitation has been stored in the environmental temperature for one month. And then, the p rays of 210Bi and the daughter of 210Pb are detected to determine the radioactivity concentration of 210Pb. Results: This method provides a stable and reliable result and costs less time than the method that detects α rays of 210Po for 210Pb radioactivity. Conclusions: The method for rapid determination of 210Pb is a practical and reliable method and used to analyze water samples in Yunnan province. (authors)

  9. Sedimentation and lateral transport of 210Pb over the East China Sea Shelf

    210Pb is an effective tracer of constraining particle transport and sedimentation in shelf regions. To reveal the spatial pattern of 210Pb over the East China Sea (i.e. ECS) Shelf, 210Pb in the surface sediments were examined at 11 stations, as well as 234Th and 210Pb in the water column at four stations. Overall, the plume zone of the Yangtze River along the coastline is a source area of 210Pb for the outer shelf, exporting 0.46 dpm cm-2 year-1 at least, which accounts for about 25 % of 210Pb input into this region. In the southern ECS Shelf to the north of the Taiwan Strait, the focusing factor (f) values are higher than unity, indicating a sink area of 210Pb. Boundary scavenging of 210Pb contributes 0.36 dpm cm-2 year-1 to this sink area on the basis of a mass balance model evaluation. Lateral transport of 210Pb to this region, quantified by 234Th and 210Pb in the water column, varied from 3.34 to 6.39 dpm cm-2 year-1 with an average of 4.83 dpm cm-2 year-1, also supporting its sink characteristic. To the southwest of the Cheju Island, the f values were less than unity, revealing a source region of 210Pb. The average export flux of 210Pb from this region was 1.64 dpm cm-2 year-1. Therefore, 210Pb sedimentation/settling showed significantly heterogeneous sedimentation of particulate matter over the ECS Shelf. (author)

  10. 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)

  11. The Radiological Impact of 210Pb and 210Po Released from the Iron- and Steel-Making Plant ILVA in Taranto (Italy on the Environment and the Public

    Guogang Jia

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead-210 and 210Po are naturally occurring radionuclides. Due to volatile characteristic of lead and polonium, environmental pollution of 210Pb and 210Po released from the coal power plant, steel-making industry and refractory material industry has been an exposure problem for the members of public. In this paper studies on the activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in the raw materials, dust particles, surficial soils and atmospheric particulate samples collected in the area of the Iron- and Steel-Making Plant ILVA Taranto (Italy were made. These data have been used to evaluate the source-term, distributions, inventories, mass balance, biological availability, ecological migration processes and public exposure risk of 210Pb and 210Po in the concerned environment.

  12. Geochemical fractionation of 210Pb in oxic estuarine sediments of Coatzacoalcos River, Gulf of Mexico

    210Pb activities were analyzed in surface sediments from the Coatzacoalcos River (Gulf of Mexico) to evaluate its distribution according to sediment grain size and in different geochemical compartments by using sequential extraction techniques. The geochemical fractionation experiments provided compatible results: by using the Tessier's method more than 90% of the 210Pb activity in the samples was found the residual fraction (primary and secondary minerals) and the remaining (210Pb content was found in comparative amounts in the reactive, the silicate, and the pyrite fractions (accounting together for >80%), and the rest was found in the residual fraction. The grain size fractionation analyses showed that the 210Pb activities were mostly retained in the clay fraction, accounting up to 60-70% of the 210Pb total activity in the sediment sample and therefore, it is concluded that the separation of the clay fraction can be useful to improve the analysis of low 210Pb content sediments for dating purposes. (author)

  13. Bioavailability of radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb present in the brazilian phosphate fertilizers and phosphogypsum

    Phosphogypsum, also called gypsum, by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, can be used as soil conditioner since it provides improvements in the soil-plant system. However, this by-product concentrates radionuclides of the U and Th series, present in the phosphate rock used as raw material, which can impact the environment. In order to study the bioavailability of radionuclides, samples of phosphogypsum and phosphate fertilizers (monoammonium phosphate and triple superphosphate) were analyzed. The concentration of 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb were determined by gamma spectrometry. The samples were leached with a mild EDTA solution and the radionuclides present in the final solution were determined by total alpha and beta counting on a gas flow proportional counter. The percentage of extraction varied from 1.6% to 1.7% for 210Pb, from 0.5% to 1.4% for 226Ra and from 0.1% to 1.0% for the 228Ra in phosphogypsum samples. The low percentage of extraction obtained for the radionuclides can be partly explained by the low solubility of phosphogypsum, which ranged from 7.7% to 16%. For the monoammonium phosphate samples the percentage of extraction were less than 26% for 226Ra, less than 10% for '228Ra and less than 10% for 210Pb. In spite of the high solubility of 77% of monoammonium phosphate in the EDTA solution, low concentrations of radionuclides were observed in the leached solution. For the triple superphosphate samples, the percentage of extraction was 2.3% for 226Ra, 1.2% for 228Ra and 11.3% for 210Pb. In spite of the high solubility of 66% of triple superphosphate in the EDTA solution, low concentrations of radionuclides were observed in the leached solution. (author)

  14. Behaviors of 210Pb and 210Po around hydrothermal vents in the Okinawa Trough

    杨永亮; 日下部正志; 山本惠幸

    2002-01-01

    Vertical profiles for the uranium-series radioisotopes 210Pb and 210Po were obtained at the two hydrothermal vent sites, the Iheya Ridge and the Minami-Ensei Knoll, in the Mid-Okinawa Trough in 1993 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, both radioisotopes were measured at the Minami-Ensei Knoll again. At the Iheya Ridge, where the hydrothermal activity is not active as reflected by the CH4 and 222Rn data, both the total 210Pb and 210Po activities show deficiency relative to their parents, and the mean residence time of 210Pb and 210Po is approximately equal to 20 and 2~ 5 a, respectively. At the Minami-Ensei Knoll, which is characterized by black smokers, the total 210Pb(0.167 × 10-3 ~2.5 × 10-3 Bq/kg) around the plumes is deficient relative to 226Ra but the total 210Po activities ( 1.83 × 10- 3 ~ 2.83× 10-3 Bq/kg) are in excess relative to 210Pb. The 210Po activities are higher than those in the East China Sea and the Okinawa Trough and excess 210Po has been found. The 210Pb/226Ra and 210Po/210Pb activity ratios are 0.1~ 0.4 and 1.1 ~ 7.8, respectively. 210Pb is preferentially scavenged in the hydrothermal plumes. The possible mechanisms governing the concentration of 210Pb in the Minami-Ensei Knoll involve a lateral transport of 210Pb via diffusion. The high 210Po/210Pb activity ratios in the hydrothermal plumes suggest a depletion of 210Pb and addition of 210Po in the hydrothermal vent area.

  15. Relationship Between 210Pb Concentrations in Solid Wastes and Plants from Uranium Mill Tailings

    Full text: The exploitation and treatment of uranium ore at the Urgeirica mine (north of Portugal) have led to the accumulation of large amounts of soild wastes (mill tailings) in dams (tailing ponds). These solid wastes containing natural radionuclides could be dispersed by the action of atmospheric agents and contaminate the environment. To minimize the dispersion of these radionuclides into the environment the dams were revegetated with pines (Pinus pinea) and eucalyptes (Eucalyptus globolus). The objective of this study is to know the 210Pb behaviour in what concerns its transfer from the uranium mill tailings to these plants, through the analysis of relationships between 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes and the plants. Solid wastes and plant samples were randomly collected at the dams and the 210Pb activity concentration in solid wastes and plant (aerial part and roots) samples were determined by gamma spectrometry. The results obtained for pines show a good correlation between 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes and roots. No correlation was found to 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes and needles. The 210Pb concentration data for eucalyptes show a quite good correlation between 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes and leaves. Concentration ratio data, solid wastes/roots and solid wastes/needles for pines are on the same order of magnitude. The 210Pb uptake by pines (roots and needles) and eucalyptes (leaves) show that 210Pb concentration ratios decrease at low 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes and appear relatively constant at higher 210Pb concentrations in the solid wastes. Data presented for 210Pb in this paper, will be compared with those obtained for 226Ra on the same samples. (author)

  16. Recent aquatic ecosystem response to environmental events revealed from 210Pb sediment profiles

    The 210Pb dating method was first introduced by , and since then has been applied to study sediment from lakes, estuaries and coastal marine environments. Hundreds of studies around the world have used 210Pb as a geochronological tool in aquatic ecosystems. However little attention has been paid to the potential of this naturally occurring isotope as an environmental tracer of ecological events. Here we report three instances in which 210Pb profiles measured on undisturbed sediment cores from lakes, rivers and fjords show us the potential of 210Pb profile as a tracer of natural and anthropogenic processes. The methodology used here is a suite of techniques combining biogeochemistry (micro-electrodes), paleomagnetism (susceptibility), sediment characteristics (LOI) and visualization (SPI and X-ray) applied to the interpretation of 210Pb profiles. We measured 210Pb profiles on sediments from a river, Cruces River (Chile), which recorded a clear shift in the water chemistry caused by a pulp mill effluent to the river. Here metal mobilization and remobilization of the tracer may be the cause of the observed profile. We also measured 210Pb profiles in sediment from two fjords of Southern Chile (Pillan and Renihue), the sudden deposition change of fresh 210Pb with depth observed could very well be the result of bioturbation but it occurred in a seafloor area deprived of bioturbators. In this case, 210Pb recorded the onset of aquaculture activities (fish farming) that took place two decades ago. Finally, 210Pb profiles measured in two lakes in the 'pampa Argentina': Epecuen and Venado showed a particular shape with depth. These profiles apparently registered a sudden depositional event with recent 210Pb material, probably related to strong shifts in precipitation and drought cycles in that part of the world. These three examples show that 210Pb profiles provide valuable information not only on geochronology, but also related to natural and anthropogenic short term

  17. Lead Precipitation Fluxes at Tropical Oceanic Sites Determined From ^(210)Pb Measurements

    Settle, D. M.; Patterson, C C; Turekian, K K; Cochran, J. K.

    1982-01-01

    Concentrations of lead, ^(210)Pb, and ^(210)Po were measured in rain selected for least influence by local sources of contamination at several tropical and subtropical islands (Enewetak; Pigeon Key, Florida; and American Samoa) and shipboard stations (near Bermuda and Tahiti). Ratios expressed as ng Pb/dpm ^(210)Pb in rain were 250–900 for Pigeon Key (assuming 12% adsorption for ^(210)Pb and no adsorption for lead), depending on whether the air masses containing the analyzed rain came from th...

  18. Estimation of sediment loading in Asian coastal area using 210Pb inventory in mangrove sediment

    Full text: Concentrations of 210Pb in coastal sediment are generally controlled by local atmospheric 210Pb flux and fine sediment input to coastal area, because the 210Pb has high affinity to inorganic fine particles and 210Pb inventory in coastal sediment is coincided with sediment loading to the area. Thus the 210Pb level in coastal sediment is good index of sediment loading to coastal zones. However, in subtropical/tropical coastal area, such as S-E Asian coast, sediment loading is widely variable due to seasonal difference of precipitation and coastal sediment discharge among rainy/dry season. Secondly, the S-E Asian coastal areas are mostly covered with mangroves those entrap the sediment particle supplied from river to adjacent coastal waters. Since the entrapped fine sediment particles include not only the excess 210Pb supplied from local atmosphere but also the accumulated sediment particles by terrestrial input, thus the 210Pb inventory exceeds largely compared to the atmospheric supply. Thus the 210Pb inventory balance in mangrove area is expected to reflect drastically the local sediment loading conditions in S-E Asia. We studied the 210Pb balance in subtropical mangrove coastal water in Japan and found that the 210Pb was useful natural tracer to evaluate the coastal sediment load. However, limited data are reported about the mangrove coastal area. In this study, we collected mangrove sediment cores at the Japan and Viet Nam and analyzed the 210Pb concentrations in sections of different depth and location. By comparing with the atmospheric flux, we estimate the balance of the 210Pb in the area and evaluate the sediment loading to the studied mangrove area. (author)

  19. Radiolead (210)Pb and (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios in calcium supplements and the assessment of their possible dose to consumers.

    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I

    2016-08-23

    This paper presents the results of pioneer study of the most popular calcium supplements as a potential additional source of radiolead (210)Pb in human diet. The analyzed calcium pharmaceutics contained organic or inorganic calcium compounds; some came from natural sources as mussels' shells, fish extracts, or sedimentary rocks. The idea was to investigate the naturally occurring (210)Pb activity in different calcium supplements and calculate the annual effective radiation dose from radiolead (210)Pb decay in consumed calcium supplement. The results showed (210)Pb concentrations in natural origin calcium supplements (especially sedimentary rocks) were significantly higher. The highest (210)Pb activity concentrations were determined in mineral tablets made from dolomite - 2.97 ± 0.18 mBq g(-1), while the lowest was observed in organic calcium compounds - both calcium lactate - 0.08 ± 0.01 and 0.13 ± 0.01 mBq g(-1). The highest annual radiation dose from (210)Pb taken with 1 tablet of calcium supplement per day was calculated for soluble calcium lactate sample - 1.19 ± 0.03 µSv year(-1), while the highest annual radiation dose from (210)Pb taken daily with 1 g of pure Ca for dolomite - 5.57 ± 0.34 µSv year(-1). PMID:27253716

  20. 210Pb and 210Po activities in French foodstuffs

    The data on 210Pb and 210Po activities in French foodstuffs acquired during the last 15 years are numerous enough to derive reference values which will be usable to assess the dose to the French population due to the intake of these two natural radionuclides. The means and ranges are close to those observed in various countries and are most often higher than the reference values proposed by UNSCEAR. Mussels and oysters exhibit the highest 210Po activities of all kinds of foodstuffs, with a mean value of 27 Bq.kg-1 fresh weight, followed by crustaceans and small fish species (anchovies, mullets, sardines, etc.) with 210Po activities in the order of 3 to 10 Bq.k-1 fresh weight; cephalopods and other fish species presenting activities around 1 to 3 Bq.kg-1 fresh, close to the UNSCEAR reference value. Below these highest 210Po activities are those of 210Po and 210Pb in terrestrial kinds of foodstuffs, by decreasing order: meats (around 1 Bq.kg-1 fresh), cereals (0.4 Bq.kg-1), leafy vegetables (0.3 Bq.kg-1), other vegetables and fruits (0.1 Bq.kg-1), and milk (from 0.03 to 0.1 Bq.L-1). (authors)

  1. Biogeochemistry of (210)Pb and (210)Po in fresh waters and sediments. Doctoral thesis

    The geochemical cycling of (210)Pb in a Massachusetts lake was studied. A mass balance for the epilimnion showed that (210)Pb inputs by precipitation were matched by outputs on settling particles, so direct uptake by bottom sediments was inconsequential. Below the epilimnion, vertical mixing was very low because of a steep temperature/density gradient, and this limited vertical transport. Anoxic conditions caused remobilization of iron and (210)Pb, which reprecipitated at the oxycline and returned to the bottom via settling. Below the zone of precipitation, (210)Pb and iron distributions resulted from constant release from anoxic sediments and dilution in the water column. Sediment (210)Pb distributions were caused by sedimentation and Fickian transport. The Fickian component was equal to the pore water diffusive flux. In pore waters, (210)Pb and (210)Po were 100 times greater that in overlying water and had steep concentration gradients, unlike Fe, Mn, S(-II), and alkalinity. (210)Pb partition coefficients decreased from 15000 to 1500 with depth controlled by sorption on iron oxides. Remobilization to the water column comes from a thin layer of iron-rich floc near the sediment/water interface. Deeper in the cores, diffusive transport can cause redistribution of (210)Pb to an extent that can affect (210)Pb dating

  2. Concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb in agricultural products surrounding the first brazilian mine and mill in Pocos de Caldas, MG

    As a complement to the pre-operational environmental monitoring program of the Brazilian first uranium mine and mill, a survey of 226Ra and 210Pb in agriculture products, and in the corresponding soils, were carried out in the Pocos de Caldas Plateau. The survey intended to determine site specific transfer factors, in order to better estimate radiation doses on the population. Resulting from the plant operation. In local soils, 226Ra and 210Pb have similar concentrations. The average contents are comparable to the values found in areas of normal radioactivity, but the maximum values are higher by one order of magnitude. In the vegetables analyzed (beans, carrot, corn and potato), 226Ra concentrations are slightly higher than those of 210Pb, and the maximum values are also one order of magnitude greater than in normal regions. For both radionuclides, the average soil-to-plant transfer factors are of the order of 10-3 and 10-2, when related to total and to exchangeable contents in soils, respectively. These results led to the conclusion that 226Ra and 210Pb have similar importance, concerning the population exposure via the foodstuff ingestion pathway. Therefore, it was recommended to carry on routine monitoring program for both radionuclides in the main agriculture crops. However, the naturally elevated radionuclide concentrations, in some local vegetables, will decrease the sensitivity for detecting small increments resulting from the plant operation. (author)

  3. Spatial and depth variation of 210Po and 210Pb in monazite sand along HBRA of coastal Kerala

    The samples collected from high background radiation area were analyzed for 210Po and 210Pb activities in order to understand their distribution, enrichment and depth profile in the beach sand. The 210Po and 210Pb activities vary from 1.85 to 31.27 Bq kg-1 and 9.77 to 132.30 Bq kg-1 respectively. The 210Po/210Pb indicate that the radionuclides 210Po and 210Pb are not in equilibrium and the accumulation of 210Pb in sand is greater than for 210Po. The spatial variations of 210Po and 210Pb activities were studied in detail. (author)

  4. Method for spiking soil samples with organic compounds

    Brinch, Ulla C; Ekelund, Flemming; Jacobsen, Carsten S

    2002-01-01

    We examined the harmful side effects on indigenous soil microorganisms of two organic solvents, acetone and dichloromethane, that are normally used for spiking of soil with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons for experimental purposes. The solvents were applied in two contamination protocols to either......,000-fold higher than in control soil, probably due mainly to release of predation from indigenous protozoa. In order to minimize solvent effects on indigenous soil microorganisms when spiking native soil samples with compounds having a low water solubility, we propose a common protocol in which the...

  5. Atmospheric concentrations and deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb at Rokkasho village, Japan

    Biweekly atmospheric concentrations and deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb were measured at Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, from March 2000 to March 2006, to clarify their regional features. The atmospheric concentration of 7Be was low in summer and winter and high in spring and fall, and that of 210Pb was low in summer and high in winter. Negative correlations were between the atmospheric 7Be or 210Pb concentrations and precipitation in the sampling periods, and that suggested that both nuclides were removed from the atmosphere mainly by wet deposition (rain or snow). The deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb were low in summer and high in winter to spring. Deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb positively correlated to precipitation. From the results of the power spectral analysis by fast Fourier transform, annual periodicities of 7Be and 210Pb deposition at Rokkasho could be classified as a double peak distribution pattern and single peak distribution pattern, respectively. Backward trajectories for 72 h were calculated every 6 h in order to clarify the relation of air mass transport course and atmospheric concentrations of 210Pb. The results showed that atmospheric 210Pb concentrations were strongly affected by air mass from the northern Asian continental area above 40degN. (author)

  6. 210Po and 210Pb activity concentration in the coral bands of Pulau Tuba, Langkawi

    We examined the concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in each layers of coral banding of coral skeletons. Concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in massive corals (i.e. Porites, Favites, Platygyra and Goniostrea) from Pulau Tuba, Langkawi were measured using the Alpha-Spectrometry. The concentrations of 210Po were higher than the concentrations of 210Pb. This may due to continuing source of 210Po from 210Pb. Highest concentration on 210Po in coral banding was 48.30 ± 28.53 Bq/ kg, meanwhile for 210Pb was 12.86 ± 5.80 Bq/ kg. The ratios of 210Po/ 210Pb were in the range of 2.21 to 5.49. The variation activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in the coral bands are important to consider in using coral as retrospective study of environmental changes. The coral can represent the total of 210Po and 210Pb in the surrounding water for the past few years. (author)

  7. The 210Pb budget of the North Sea. Atmospheric input versus sediment flux

    Atmospheric deposition is one of the main sources of 210Pb in the North Sea water. Annual variations of this flux are large in the Netherlands. Translated to the North Sea area the atmospheric deposition is 42 Bq.m-2.y-1. In the 210Pb budget of the North Sea, supply by rivers, as artificial supply by power plants and fertilizer plants, does not play a great role. Fishery activities is not a good scavenger in the total 210Pb budget. From measurements of 36 box-cores in the North Sea the average 210Pb flux to the sediment is estimated 150 Bq.m-2.y-1. Fluxes to the sediment smaller than 10% of the atmospheric flux, occur in the sandy areas of the Southern Bight and Dogger Bank. Large fluxes, up to 50 times the atmospheric deposition, occur mainly in the fine grained deposition areas of the Skagerrak and the Norwegian Trench. The net lateral flux accounts for 1/3 part of the flux to the sediment: the North Sea is a true sink for 210Pb. The radon flux from the sediment supplies 1/3 of the 210Pb flux to the sediment. Based on the 210Pb budget total mass accumulation in the North Sea is 1100 x 109 kg.y-1, this is an order of magnitude higher than figures obtained from transport of suspended matter and from 210Pb sedimentation rates. (author)

  8. 7Be and 210Pb radioactivity and implications on sources of surface ozone at Mt. Waliguan

    ZHENG Xiangdong; WANG Guojiang; TANG Jie; ZHANG Xiaochun; YANG Wei; H. N. Lee; WANG Changsheng

    2005-01-01

    Beryllium-7 (7Be) and lead-210 (210Pb) radioac- tivity in aerosols collected, from October 2002 to January 2004 at Mt. Waliguan, by the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Station, Qinghai Province is presented. The data were analyzed together with simultaneously measured surface ozone concentrations. We found that short time variations of 7Be and 210Pb were linked to alternations of synoptic weather around the Mt. Waliguan region. 210Pb showed the lowest concentration in summer while 7Be showed no obvious sea- sonal changes. Relatively high 7Be and 210Pb radioactivity was observed at Mt. Waliguan when compared with the ob- servations at other mountain sites in other parts of the world. Surface ozone and 7Be showed a consistent seasonal variation. Surface ozone correlated fairly well with 7Be/210Pb ratio. This suggested that vertical transport from higher altitudes of the atmosphere has predominant effects on the budget of surface ozone at Mt. Waliguan.

  9. An evaluation of the exposure to 210Pb-210Po in italian population

    Following an introduction on the behaviour in the environment and in man of 210Pb-210Po, experimental data are reported on 210Pb-210Po exposure of the italian population. The analytical methods used to measure 210Pb-210Po activity in the many biological and environmental samples analyzed are also reported. The data collected refer to the intake, excretion, internal burden and metabolism both in a group of subjects representative of the general population and in other critical groups exposed to high internal contamination of 210Pb-210Po, as the radioactive spa wopkes and the miners. The absorbed dose due to 210Pb-210Po has also been evaluated, on the basis of data referring to the various population groups

  10. Method for Spiking Soil Samples with Organic Compounds

    Brinch, Ulla C.; Ekelund, Flemming; Jacobsen, Carsten S.

    2002-01-01

    We examined the harmful side effects on indigenous soil microorganisms of two organic solvents, acetone and dichloromethane, that are normally used for spiking of soil with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons for experimental purposes. The solvents were applied in two contamination protocols to either the whole soil sample or 25% of the soil volume, which was subsequently mixed with 75% untreated soil. For dichloromethane, we included a third protocol, which involved application to 80% of the so...

  11. Excess unsupported sup(210)Pb in lake sediment from Rocky Mountain lakes

    Sediment cores from four high-altitude (approximately 3200 m) lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, were dated by sup(210)Pb chronology. Background (supported) sup(210)Pb activities for the four cores range from 0.26 to 0.93 Beq/g dry weight, high for typical oligotrophic lakes. Integrated unsupported sup(210)Pb ranges from 0.81 (a typical value for most lakes) to 11.0 Beq/cmsup(2). The sup(210)Pb activity in the surface sediments ranges from 1.48 to 22.2 Beq/g dry weight. Sedimentation from Lake Louise, the most unusual of the four, has 22.2 Beq/g dry weight at the sediment surface, an integrated unsupported sup(210)Pb=11.0 Beq/cmsup(2), and supported sup(210)Pb=0.74 Beq/g dry weight. sup(226)Ra content of the sediment is insufficient to explain either the high unsupported sup(210)Pb or the sup(222)Rn content of the water column of Lake Louise, which averaged 96.2 Beq/L. We concluded that sup(222)Rn-rich groundwater entering the lake is the source of the high sup(222)Rn in the water column. This, in turn, is capable of supporting the unusually high sup(210)Pb flux to the sediment surface. Groundwater with high sup(222)Rn may control the sup(210)Pb budget of lakes where sediment cores have integrated unsupported sup(210)Pb greater than 2 Beq/cmsup(2)

  12. Indoor air as an important source for 210Pb accumulation in man

    A pilot study was performed with measurements in a German, inhabited, two-family house, to obtain data on the correlation between the equilibrium equivalent radon concentration Ceq and the 210Pb concentration CPb in indoor air. Aerosol samples were collected in various rooms of the house under conditions of low ventilation. The data indicate a linear correlation between Ceq and CPb. A regression analysis, assuming such a relationship, resulted in the following equation: CPb (in mBq.m-3)=8.2x10-3 Ceq (in Bq.m-3) + 0.32. From this relationship it follows that in environments with enhanced radon concentrations direct inhalation of 210Pb is an important source for 210Pb accumulation in man. It was estimated that at an indoor 222Rn concentration of 1,000 Bq.m-3, the 210Pb uptake from inhalation amounts 32 mBq.d-1 of which 62% originates from the direct inhalation of 210Pb. Only the remaining third can be attributed to inhaled short-lived radon progeny and to radon gas dissolved in body tissues. It is shown that, in addition to ingestion and even for elevated indoor radon concentrations, direct inhalation of indoor 210Pb is a further important source of uncertainty, when in vivo measurements of the 210Pb activity in the human body are used as a measure of cumulative radon exposure. (author)

  13. Atmospheric deposition patterns of 210Pb and 7Be in Cienfuegos, Cuba

    The radiometric composition of bulk deposition samples, collected monthly for one year, February 2010 until January 2011, at a site located in Cienfuegos (22° 03′ N, 80° 29′ W) (Cuba), are analysed in this paper. Measurement of 7Be and 210Pb activity concentrations were carried out in 12 bulk deposition samples. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb are in the range of 13.2–132 and 1.24–8.29 Bq m−2, and their mean values are: 56.6 and 3.97 Bq m−2, respectively. The time variations of the different radionuclide have been discussed in relation with meteorological factors and the mean values have been compared to those published in recent literature from other sites located at different latitudes. The annual average flux of 210Pb and 7Be were 47 and 700 Bq m−2 y−1, respectively. Observed seasonal variations of deposition data are explained in terms of different environmental features. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb were moderately well correlated with precipitation and well correlated with one another. The 210Pb/7Be ratios in the monthly depositions samples varied in the range of 0.05–0.10 and showed a strong correlation with the number of rainy days. - Highlights: • We evaluated for first time in Cuba the atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb. • The annual average flux of 210Pb and 7Be were 47 and 700 Bq m−2 y−1, respectively. • The atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7Be and 210Pb are correlated with precipitation. • 7Be and 210Pb present similar removal behaviour from the atmosphere

  14. Sedimentation rates in Kagoshima Bay, Southwestern Japan, using the 210Pb method

    Yokota K; Inoue M.; Kofuji H.; Maeda H.

    2012-01-01

    To understand the pattern of sedimentation rates as fundamental physical parameter of coastal environment, the 210Pb dating method was applied to core samples collected from Kagoshima Bay, Southwestern Japan. The sedimentation rate varied at each location within the bay (0.08–0.30 g·cm−2·y−1), and the rate at the bay-head area was less than that at the centre of the bay. The inventory of ex210Pb has a lower value in the bay-head area. The low ex210Pb inventory at Stn.5' is considered to be du...

  15. Recent aquatic ecosystem response to environmental events revealed from 210Pb sediment profiles.

    Mulsow, S; Piovano, E; Cordoba, F

    2009-01-01

    The (210)Pb dating method was first introduced by Goldberg (1963), and since then has been applied to study sediment from lakes, estuaries and coastal marine environments. Hundreds of studies around the world have used (210)Pb as a geochronological tool in aquatic ecosystems. However little attention has been paid to the potential of this naturally occurring isotope as an environmental tracer of ecological events. Here we report three instances in which (210)Pb profiles measured on undisturbed sediment cores from lakes, rivers and fjords show us the potential of (210)Pb profile as a tracer of natural and anthropogenic processes. The methodology used here is a suite of techniques combining biogeochemistry (micro-electrodes), paleomagnetism (susceptibility), sediment characteristics (LOI) and visualization (SPI and X-ray) applied to the interpretation of (210)Pb profiles. We measured (210)Pb profiles on sediments from a river, Cruces River (Chile), which recorded a clear shift in the water chemistry caused by a pulp mill effluent to the river. Here metal mobilization and remobilization of the tracer may be the cause of the observed profile. We also measured (210)Pb profiles in sediment from two fjords of Southern Chile (Pillan and Reñihue), the sudden deposition change of fresh (210)Pb with depth observed could very well be the result of bioturbation but it occurred in a seafloor area deprived of bioturbators. In this case, (210)Pb recorded the onset of aquaculture activities (fish farming) that took place two decades ago. Finally, (210)Pb profiles measured in two lakes in the "pampa Argentina": Epecuen and Venado showed a particular shape with depth. These profiles apparently registered a sudden depositional event with recent (210)Pb material, probably related to strong shifts in precipitation and drought cycles in that part of the world. These three examples show that (210)Pb profiles provide valuable information not only on geochronology, but also related to

  16. Research to improvement of the definition of 210 Po and 210 Pb in deposition

    Investigation to the improvement of the determination of 210Po and 210Pb in deposition. The results of the determination of 210Po and 210Pb in deposition in 1995 do not meet the criteria specified. The chemical recovery of the 208Po tracer added is by many analyses less than the required 50%. The cause of the poor chemical recovery is investigated. This report describes the execution of the investigation and the results. The investigation has led to the improvement of the determination of 210Po and 210Pb in deposition. 12 refs

  17. Fallout 210Pb as tools for studying distribution and transport of man-made long-lived radionuclides in terrestrial environment

    The distribution and transport processes of anthropogenic long-lived radionuclides such as 137Cs and 239,249Pu in soil are quite variable even in small areas and influenced by the soil properties, speciation, meteorological conditions, etc. As an attempt to evaluate these differences from place to place, fallout 210Pb in soil from the some areas in Japan was measured together with 139Cs and 239,240Pu. The results indicated that the evaluation of fallout 210Pb inventory and residence time might be useful as an index in quantitatively comparing the spatial distribution, contamination level and migration behavior of different radionuclides such as 139Cs and 239,240Pu in different areas. (author)

  18. 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

  19. Geochronology of lake sediments using 210Pb with double energetic window method by LSC: An application to Lake Van

    In this study the age and sediment accumulation rates of the lake sediment were calculated by using the 210Pb concentrations through the sediment core. The specific activity of 210Pb for each sediment section was determined by LSC with double energetic window method which relies on the direct determination of 210Pb without waiting for the in growth of 210Po from 210Pb. For the successful determination of this radionuclide two counting windows were optimized to eliminate the overlapping of the beta spectra of 210Pb and 210Bi. - Highlights: • LSC method was used to construct the geochronlogy of Lake Van. • Age and accumulation rates of the lake sediment were calculated by using the 210Pb concentrations. • 210Pb activity was determined by LSC with double energetic window method. • The sedimentation rate varies significantly from 0.4 to 0.7 mm yr−1

  20. Study of 7Be and 210Pb as radiotracers of African intrusions in Malaga (Spain)

    The relationship between the particulate matter in the atmosphere of Malaga and the origin of air masses with special attention to African intrusions was analyzed. The concentrations of PM10 and the activities of some radionuclides (7Be and 210Pb) as tracers of these intrusions are discussed. The origin of these radiotracers is completely different. 210Pb is a good tracer of air masses traveling close to the ground and come from inland areas. On the other hand, the production of 7Be is very low in the vicinity of the Earth's surface, and increases with altitude, making it a great tracer of stratospheric air masses in the troposphere. Studies of radionuclide activities in aerosol particles provide a means for evaluating the integrated effects of transport and meteorology on the atmospheric loadings of substances with different sources. Measurements of aerosol mass concentration and specific activities of 7Be and 210Pb in aerosols at Malaga (36° 43′ 40″ N; 4° 28′ 8″ W) for the period 2009–2011 were used to obtain the relationships between radionuclide activities and airflow patterns by comparing the data grouped by air mass trajectory. The average concentration values of 7Be and 210Pb over the 3-year period have been found to be 5.05 and 0.55 mBq m−3, respectively, with mean aerosol mass concentration of 53.6 μg m−3. Taking into account the outbreaks of the daily values limits of PM10 in the study period (2009–2011), the origin of air masses is studied to explain three different situations of both radionuclides 7Be and 210Pb: 1) high concentrations of 7Be and low concentrations of 210Pb; 2) high concentrations of 210Pb and low concentrations of 7Be and 3) high concentrations of 7Be and 210Pb. - Highlights: • Time series of 7Be, 210Pb and PM10 recorded at Malaga (Spain) are analyzed over a 3-y period. • Three different scenarios in the concentrations of 7Be and 210Pb were observed. • High activities of 7Be indicated dust intrusions

  1. Dating hapuka otoliths using 210 Pb/226 Ra, with comments on dating orange roughy otoliths

    It is shown that Hapuka otoliths cannot be reliably dated using the 210 Pb/ 226 Ra method because contrary to previous assumptions, excess 210 Pb is incorporated into the outer layers of otoliths which have been taken from old fish, though the 226 Ra incorporation remains normal. This is shown to apply also to Orange Roughy otoliths. Ages based on calculations using previously published methods will be artificially old. (author). 13 refs., 2 tabs., 3 figs

  2. Validating an erosion model using the environmental radionuclide 210Pb in the Lake Wollumboola catchment, southwestern NSW, Australia

    Soil erosion is a key limitation to achieving sustainable land use and effective soil management, and is the major source of sediment to Australian water bodies resulting in degradation of water quality. Sediment delivery is an important constraint on the sustainable management of coastal lakes along the south coast of New South Wales. Assessment and mitigation of sediment input is a major issue for the sustainable management of water bodies such as coastal lakes and soil erosion caused by rainfall and runoff is of particular concern. In this paper we examine the application of 210Pb analyses of sediment samples to test the extent to which a modified version of the Universal Soil Loss Equation for Australian conditions (OxMUSCLE) is valid. The model is applied to Lake Wollumboola to estimate sediment yield from the catchment into its terminal lake, which is a saline coastal lake 172 km south of Sydney. 14 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  3. Application of the 210Pb-dating technique to establish a chronological framework of trace element and heavy metal contamination resulting from the impact of European settlement in estuarine systems of the Sydney Basin, Australia

    The estuaries of Georges River and Hacking River, partly located in suburban Sydney, are at significant risk of contamination by heavy metal and trace element pollutants associated with urban/industrial development. The object of the current work is to correlate changes in land use resulting from European settlement with chemical changes observed in soil sediments. At each location core samples were taken and selected slices analysed for 226Ra and 210Po using alpha spectrometry. The 226Ra activity equates to the supported 210Pb activity and the 210Po activity equates to the total 210Pb activity. The difference between the total and the supported 210Pb is the excess 210Pb activity. Once the excess 210Pb has been layed down in the sediment its activity at depth (assuming the core to be undisturbed) is solely a function of its half-life and the initial amount present; a circumstance which readily affords the calculation of a sedimentation rate. Owing to its relatively short half-life (22.26 year) the 20Pb dating technique can be used to date sediments as far back as about 120 years. In Australia this time frame would cover most of the period of European settlement

  4. Measurement and Meteorological Analysis of 7Be and 210Pb in Aerosol at Waliguan Observatory

    ZHENG Xiangdong; WAN Guojiang; CHEN Zunyu; TANG Jie

    2008-01-01

    Beryllium-7 (7Be) and lead-210 (210Pb) activities were measured from October 2002 to January 2004 at Waliguan Observatory (WO: 36.287 N, 100.898 E, 3816 m a.s.l (above sea level) in northwest China. 7Be and 210Pb activities are high with overall averages of 14.7 3.5 mBq m-3 and 1.8 0.8 mBq m-3 respectively. For both 7Be and 210Pb, there are significant short-term and seasonal variations with a commonly low value in summer (May-September) and a monthly maximum in April (for 7Be) and in December (for 210Pb). The ratio of 7Be/210Pb showed a broad maximum extending from April to July, coinciding with a seasonal peak in surface ozone (O3). The seasonal cycles of 7Be and 210Pb activities were greatly influenced by precipitation and thermal dynamical conditions over the boundary layer, especially for 210Pb. The vertical mixing process between the boundary layer and the aloft air modulates the variations of 7Be and 210Pb at WO in summer. It is indicated that air mass had longer residence time and originated from higher altitudes at WO in the spring-summer time and the winter in 2003. During an event with extremely high weekly-averaged 7Be concentration (24.8 mBq m-3) together with high O3 levels and low water mixing ratio, we found that air masses had been convectively transported a long distance to WO from high latitude source regions in central Asia, where significant subsiding motions were observed. In another case with the extreme 210Pb activity of 5.7 mBq m-3 high CO2 level and specific humidity (in winter), air masses had come from south China and north Indian regions where 222Rn activities were high. This study, using 7Be and 210Pb as atmospheric tracers, has revealed that complex interactions of convective mixing from the upper troposphere and long-range transports exist at WO.

  5. Determination of 210Pb e 210Po in marine samples and aerosols

    In this work the methodologies for 210Pb e 210Po analyses in marine samples, such as fish, seaweed, sediment, and aerosol samples are presented. The 210Pb levels in the samples were obtained by both210Bi and 210Po ingrowth. The 210Pb analysis via 210Bi presents the following steps: 210Pb leaching from samples with 8 M nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide; lead sulphate precipitation; conversion to carbonate; dissolution; lead sulphate precipitation; gravimetric analysis of lead; waiting of time to reach radioactive equilibrium and 210Bi beta counting by employing a Geiger-Mueller detector with a low background radiation. The 210Pb analysis via 210Po presents the following steps: 210Pb and 210Po leaching from samples with 8 M nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide; nitric acid elimination by heating and hydrochloric acid addition; spontaneous deposition onto silver disc and alpha counting of polonium in silicon surface-barrier detector. In order to determine 210Pb activity, the solution was percolated in the Dowex AG 1-X 8 anion exchange resin; preconditioned with 8 M nitric acid; the lead was eluted by 8 M hydrochloric acid; the solution was gently evaporated to dryness and diluted with 0.5 N hydrochloric acid. After 3-6 months a second 210Po spontaneous deposition onto silver disc was carried out. The methodology for 210Pb analysis via 210Bi showed lead recoveries from 63 to 100%. In the method via 210Po the polonium recoveries were varied from 39 to 63% under manual agitation, and from 60 to 100% under mechanical agitation. The radiochemical methods for 210Po and 210Pb analyses were applied in reference samples from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the results obtained showed the good precision and accuracy of the established methods. The analysis of marine sediment samples of Antarctica presented 210Pb and Po levels from 8 to 60 Bq.kg-1, and fish samples from Sao Paulo Coast presented 210Po levels from 0.5 to 5.3 Bq.kg-1. These results for fish are

  6. Accurate measurements of {sup 210}Pb in industrial wastes for environmental radiation risk assessment purpose

    Bonczyk, Michal; Michalik, Boguslaw [Central Mining Institute, Silesian Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Plac Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice (Poland)

    2014-07-01

    Lead {sup 210}Pb is a naturally occurring radioactive nuclide element of the uranium ({sup 238}U) radioactive series. It is produced as a result of the decay of so-called short-lived progenies of {sup 222}Rn, i.e. {sup 214}Po (99.98%) and {sup 214}Bi by {sup 219}Tl (0.02%). Activity concentration of lead {sup 210}Pb could vary independently from parent radionuclides due to its physical and chemical properties, especially, due to its half-life (T{sub 1/2} = 22,3 years). Hence, its behaviour in natural environment is very complex and difficult in forecasting. Lead {sup 210}Pb in substantial amount occurs in mining, gas and oil extraction industry wastes, which are deposited in natural environment very often. Due to lack of secular equilibrium proper radiation risk assessment requires accurate concentration of {sup 210}Pb in such materials. The laboratory measurements seem to be the only reliable method in environmental radioactivity monitoring. One of the methods is gamma-ray spectrometry, which is very fast and cost-effective method to determine {sup 210}Pb concentration. On the other hand, the self-attenuation of gamma ray from {sup 210}Pb (46,5 keV) is significant and not depends only on sample density as well the chemical composition (sample matrix) is crucial. Current work describes how the self-attenuation correction factors in the case of {sup 210}Pb concentration analysis in mining wastes are important when environmental radiation risk assessment is carried out. The measurements were done for such industrial wastes as mine sediments which contain significant amount of elements with high Z-number (Barium, Lead, etc.) Experimentally obtained correction factors range between 0.51-6.96 cm{sup 2}/g. Neglecting this factor can cause a significant error or underestimations in radiological risk assessment. (authors)

  7. Preparation of low level sealed 210Pb source for random pulse generator

    We have developed the random pulse generator (RPG) that utilizes alpha-particle detection with pin photodiode (PPD). In order to support an expected large market of RPG, a steady production system of weak (about 100 Bq) alpha sealed source is necessary, and, for such alpha-source, 210Pb-210Po source is the best candidate on a viewpoint of environmental radioactivity impact. Two methods for such 210Pb-210Po sealed source preparation, namely direct deposition from isopropyl alcohol solution (IPA solution) of 210Pb-210Po nitrate (D-IPA method) and the 210Pb-210Po hydroxides precipitation (PPT method), were experimentally examined. In the former D-IPA method, an aliquot of IPA solution of 210Pb-210Po nitrate was directly dropped in a sealed cap for PPD and dried by heating. Then, a polycarbonate (PC) solution of 1/1 mixture of dichloromethane and dichloroethane was dropped on the source to make a thin (about 0.1 mg/cm2) film for radioactivity sealed. In the PPT method, 210Pb-210Po hydroxide was filtrated on a PC membrane filter (Nuclipore 0.1 μm) and the membrane filter was dissolved in a 1/1 mixture of dichloromethane and dichloroethane. The sealed 210Pb-210Po sources were prepared directly by dropping an aliquot of the solution into the PPD cap followed by its evaporation. The sealed sources thus prepared were subjected to 1m height fall-down test, air blowing test, and water immersion test. It was confirmed that no radioactive contaminants were coming off from the sealed source through these tests. (author)

  8. 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

  9. Decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction of 210Po/210Pb in seawater

    Due to increasing application of 210Po/210Pb in studying particle dynamics, a consistent procedure and calculation to derive accurate and precise result of 210Po and 210Pb in seawater should be proposed in the framework of intercalibration by GEOTRACES. The associated uncertainty of radioactivity, which is a significant component of data report, plays a vital role in intercomparison and should be well evaluated. Although measurement uncertainty of laboratory result was well defined in ISO standards and IAEA technical documents, the decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction from laboratory result to in-situ result was less studied. It was demonstrated that the relative uncertainty of in-situ 210Pb activity was independent of elapsed time and equal to relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring 210Po activity at second spontaneous deposition date. The relative uncertainty of in-situ 210Po activity decreases with in-situ activity ratio of 210Po to 210Pb and increases with elapsed time between sampling date and separation date, relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring 210Po activity at first spontaneous deposition date and relative uncertainty of in-situ 210Pb activity. It was more important to improve precision of 210Po at first spontaneous deposition date than that of 210Po at second spontaneous deposition date. To obtain a desirable relative uncertainty of in-situ 210Po activity, the maximum allowing elapsed time for 210Po, which was important for sampling strategy making and quality assurance, was calculated by in-situ activity ratio of 210Po to 210Pb and precision of analytical method for 210Po. The methodology of decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction could also be applied for other radionuclide pairs (234Th/238U, 90Y/90Sr, 210Bi/210Pb), sample matrixes (aerosols), and disciplines. - Highlights: • Uncertainty of 210Po/210Pb in seawater was comprehensively represented. • Decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction was well quantified and concisely expressed.

  10. Determination of 210Pb activity concentration in ground-level air by gamma-ray spectrometry in Tripoli, Libya

    210Pb activity concentration at ground-level air of Tripoli was determined by gamma-ray spectrometric analysis of 20 particulate samples collected. Each sample, the air filtered through chlorinated vinyl polychloride Petrianow was 78,000 m3 on average. Activity concentrations of 210Pb were ranging from 78-186 μBq x m-3. Estimated effective dose to adult from inhaled 210Pb was calculated to be 2.7 μSv x y-1. (author)

  11. Detection of 210Pb in the lungs of smokers by in-vivo gamma spectrometry

    Since mainstream smoke is highly enriched in 210Pb, alpha radiation from inhaled cigarette smoke particles has been proposed as a cancer-producing agent in cigarette smokers. 210Po and 210Pb have been observed in tobacco, cigarette smoke and in the lungs of smokers. Since 210Pb is highly enriched in mainstream smoke, there have been estimates of yearly excesses of 210Pb in the lungs of one-pack-a-day smokers of 3 to 10 pCi (0.11 to 0.37 Bq). The ORNL Whole Body Counter was used to verify this estimate by the methodology of high-resolution, in vivo gamma spectrometry. Measurements were made on 113 adult male non-radiation workers who have either smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for at least five years, or have never smoked cigarettes. An analysis-of-variance table was generated based on the Pb-ratio for each individual which revealed that there was no statistically significant increase in the amount of 210Pb in the lungs of smokers over those of non-smokers. Sources of error are also discussed

  12. Atmospheric deposition patterns of (210)Pb and (7)Be in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

    Alonso-Hernández, Carlos M; Morera-Gómez, Yasser; Cartas-Águila, Héctor; Guillén-Arruebarrena, Aniel

    2014-12-01

    The radiometric composition of bulk deposition samples, collected monthly for one year, February 2010 until January 2011, at a site located in Cienfuegos (22° 03' N, 80° 29' W) (Cuba), are analysed in this paper. Measurement of (7)Be and (210)Pb activity concentrations were carried out in 12 bulk deposition samples. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of (7)Be and (210)Pb are in the range of 13.2-132 and 1.24-8.29 Bq m(-2), and their mean values are: 56.6 and 3.97 Bq m(-2), respectively. The time variations of the different radionuclide have been discussed in relation with meteorological factors and the mean values have been compared to those published in recent literature from other sites located at different latitudes. The annual average flux of (210)Pb and (7)Be were 47 and 700 Bq m(-2) y(-1), respectively. Observed seasonal variations of deposition data are explained in terms of different environmental features. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of (7)Be and (210)Pb were moderately well correlated with precipitation and well correlated with one another. The (210)Pb/(7)Be ratios in the monthly depositions samples varied in the range of 0.05-0.10 and showed a strong correlation with the number of rainy days. PMID:25233214

  13. Determination of 210 Pb in mineral spring waters of Aguas da Prata city

    Concentration levels of 210 Pb have been analyzed in 12 mineral spring waters of Aguas da Prata city. The 210 Pb concentration was determined through 210 Bi, by measuring the gross beta activity of the 210 Pb Cr O4 precipitate after separation from interfering elements by complexation with nitrile tri acetic acid at basic pH. The 210 Bi beta activity was carried out in a low background gas flow proportional counter. Concentrations ranging from lower limit of detection to 1240 mBq/L were observed for 210 Pb. The radiochemical procedure adopted presented a chemical yield around 85% and a lower limit of detection of 4,9 mBq/L. Dose calculations were performed in order to evaluate the importance of this radionuclide to the radiation exposure due to the ingestion of these waters. Based upon measured concentrations, committed effective doses up to 1,1 mSv/y and committed doses to the bone up to 1.7 x 101 mSv/y were observed for 210 Pb. (author). 64 refs, 6 figs, 7 tabs

  14. Calibration and measurement of {sup 210}Pb using two independent techniques

    Villa, M. [Centro de Investigacion, Tecnologia e Innovacion, CITIUS, Universidad de Sevilla, Av. Reina Mercedes 4B, 41012 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: mvilla@us.es; Hurtado, S. [Centro de Investigacion, Tecnologia e Innovacion, CITIUS, Universidad de Sevilla, Av. Reina Mercedes 4B, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Manjon, G.; Garcia-Tenorio, R. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada II, E.T.S. Arquitectura, Universidad de Sevilla, Av. Reina Mercedes 2, 41012 Sevilla (Spain)

    2007-10-15

    An experimental procedure has been developed for a rapid and accurate determination of the activity concentration of {sup 210}Pb in sediments by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). Additionally, an alternative technique using {gamma}-spectrometry and Monte Carlo simulation has been developed. A radiochemical procedure, based on radium and barium sulphates co-precipitation have been applied to isolate the Pb-isotopes. {sup 210}Pb activity measurements were done in a low background scintillation spectrometer Quantulus 1220. A calibration of the liquid scintillation spectrometer, including its {alpha}/{beta} discrimination system, has been made, in order to minimize background and, additionally, some improvements are suggested for the calculation of the {sup 210}Pb activity concentration, taking into account that {sup 210}Pb counting efficiency cannot be accurately determined. Therefore, the use of an effective radiochemical yield, which can be empirically evaluated, is proposed. {sup 210}Pb activity concentration in riverbed sediments from an area affected by NORM wastes has been determined using both the proposed method. Results using {gamma}-spectrometry and LSC are compared to the results obtained following indirect {alpha}-spectrometry ({sup 210}Po) method.

  15. Inhalation of 210Po and 210Pb from cigarette smoking in Poland

    The carcinogenic effect of 210Po and 210Pb with respect to lung cancer is an important problem in many countries with very high cigarette consumption. Poland has one of the highest consumptions of cigarettes in the world. The results of 210Po determination on the 14 most frequently smoked brands of cigarettes which constitute over 70% of the total cigarette consumption in Poland are presented and discussed. Moreover, the polonium content in cigarette smoke was estimated on the basis of its activity in fresh tobaccos, ash, fresh filters and post-smoking filters. The annual effective doses were calculated on the basis of 210Po and 210Pb inhalation with the cigarette smoke. The results of this work indicate that Polish smokers who smoke one pack (20 cigarettes) per day inhale from 20 to 215 mBq of 210Po and 210Pb each. The mean values of the annual effective dose for smokers were estimated to be 35 and 70 μSv from 210Po and 210Pb, respectively. For persons who smoke two packs of cigarettes with higher radionuclide concentrations, the effective dose is much higher (471 μSv yr-1) in comparison with the intake in diet. Therefore, cigarettes and the absorption through the respiratory system are the main sources and the principal pathway of 210Po and 210Pb intake of smokers in Poland

  16. Metabolic balances of 210Pb and 210Po at natural levels

    Metabolic balances of 210Po and 210Pb were determined under strictly controlled dietary conditions in adult males. The intakes of the two nuclides were due to the dietary contents of these radioisotopes, inhalation from the atmosphere, and smoking of cigarettes. No additional radioisotope was given. The mean dietary intake of 210Pb was 1.25 pCi/day and of 210Po, 1.63 pCi/day. The major pathway of excretion of both nuclides is via the gastrointestinal tract; the urinary excretion is much lower. The total excretions of 210Pb and 210Po were greater than the dietary intake and the overall balances were -0.28 and -0.16 pCi/day for the two nuclides, respectively, during a low calcium intake. The 210Pb balances did not change significantly when the calcium intake was increased 7- to 10-fold except for one patient in whom the balance became more negative. The 210Po balance was more negative during calcium intakes of 800 and 2200 mg than during a low calcium intake of 200 mg/day. The urinary and fecal excretions of the two radionuclides were not affected by the intake of sodium fluoride, while the diuretic compound, Hydrodiuril, appeared to decrease the fecal 210Pb excretion

  17. Growth rates in modern speleothems from Santana Cave, Brazil, by the 210Pb-method

    The Santana Cave is located at the Upper Ribeira Touristic State Park (PETAR-Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira) in southern São Paulo State, Brazil. This paper describes 210Pb activity concentration data in soda straw stalactites samples collected at Salão das Flores in Santana Cave that is a fossil tributary of the cave river. Non-expensive alpha counting following some analytical steps for extracting and depositing 210Po were used for providing the 210Pb data. In the analyzed samples, 210Pb values of increasingly older samples fitted an exponential curve, thus suggesting that the production of 210Pb has been constant with time. Also, the near-ideal fit indicated that the growth was uniform and there was no break in the continuous growth. The soda straw growth rates were determined from the best fit to the exponential curve through the 210Pb activity concentration. The results of the measurements allowed estimate a longitudinal rate corresponding to 1.3 mm/yr and a lateral rate of 0.01 mm/yr, which permitted calculate times of 70 years and 317–498 years for their formation, respectively. The lateral growth rate is compatible with values from studies of chemical weathering rates held under laboratory and natural conditions.

  18. Alpha-spectroscopic determination of 210Pb and 210Po in snow samples

    The concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po in several snow samples were determined using α-spectrometry. After 5 l of snow-melt water was subjected to coprecipitation of both nuclides with AlPO4, the solvent extraction procedure with TBP (tri-butyl phosphate)-isopropyl ether was applied to purify the polonium fraction, followed by the spontaneous electro-deposition on a Ni-sheet. The α-spectrum was measured with a Si(Au)-semiconductor detector coupled with a multichannel pulse-height analyzer. After the first determination of 210Po, the concentration of 210Pb was estimated from second measurement of 210Po grown newly from the remaining Pb-fraction during the storage period of more than 3 months. In these analytical procedures, 212Pb and 208Po tracers were conveniently utilized for the determination of collection yield for 210Pb and of the final chemical yield of 210Po, respectively. The contents of 210Po and 210Pb in the fresh snow were 3 -- 30 mBq/l (81 -- 810 fCi/l) and 250 -- 720 mBq/l(6.8 -- 19.5 pCi/l), respectively, and the residence time of 210Pb was given to be 6 -- 12 days from the decay-growth relationships of both nuclides. (author)

  19. The effect of water treatment on the presence of particle-bound 210Po and 210Pb in groundwater

    The distribution of 210Po and 210Pb in various particle-size fractions in Finnish groundwater was studied at five private homes. Each site had water treatment equipment comprising either an ion exchange unit or a granular activated carbon filter. Samples of both raw and treated water were filtered using pore sizes ranging from 450 nm to 100 kDa and the activity concentration of 210Po and 210Pb in the filtrate was determined. In untreated groundwater 86% of 210Pb, on average, was found in the large particle fraction (> 450 nm). However, in Fe- and Mn-rich water with a high Fe/Mn ratio and in organic-rich water, the majority of 210Pb was found in either the intermediate particle (100 kDa-450 nm) or small particle (210Pb, 210Po was bound more to the intermediate and small particle fraction. After water treatment, 210Pb was found most frequently in the large particle fraction. The size distribution of particle-bound 210Po was not as clear as that for 210Pb, and in treated water, 210Po was more evenly distributed among fractions. The ion exchange unit removed 210Pb and 210Po bound to the intermediate or small particle fraction, whereas the efficiency of the activated carbon filters in removing 210Pb and 210Po was independent of the particle size. (orig.)

  20. Analysis of 210Pb and 210Po in Brazilian foods and diets

    Radiochemical procedures for the analysis of 210Pb and 210Po in foods and diets are presented. Because of the low beta energy of 210Pb, its analysis was based on a separation of the daughter radionuclide 210Bi by precipitation of lead sulphate, 210Bi ingrowing and beta counting of this nuclide. 210Po analysis was based on wet dissolution of the sample, deposition onto silver disc and counting by alpha-spectrometry. Levels of these radionuclides in individual items and diets of selected university students were determined in order to evaluate the intakes of 210Pb and 210Po as well as the dose due to ingestion of foods and diets in Sao Paulo city. (author)

  1. Determination of sedimentation rate in Thane creek using 210Pb dating

    Sediments are good representatives of the geochemical history of a particular area. They can be regarded as good archives of environmental processes and their effects. Therefore, the study of sediments in coastal areas has great importance for the understanding of the interaction between human activities and marine systems. The sedimentation process can be correlated with time by assessing decays of radionuclides like 210Pb, 137Cs and 14C in different layers of it. 210Pb and its environmental cycle have been commonly used as environmental tracer in many environmental studies. For assessment of chronological history of pollution in the Mumbai region, sediment samples were collected from Thane creek and sedimentation rates were estimated by measurement of 210Po activity which is in equilibrium with 210Pb

  2. Determination of 210Pb in human skeletal remains from Morocco: implications for time since death assessment

    In forensic contexts, time since death assessment in human skeletal remains is crucial for identification, and both accuracy and reliability are required. In this paper, we present the possibilities and constraints of the use of 210Pb in dating skeletonized human bones in Morocco. The method was tested on recent as well as archaeological bones of known dates of death. A calibration curve was obtained from the available data in the scientific literature. The 210Pb initial activity was introduced as an increasing lineal function with time. The 210Pb dating approach gives promising results only for recent bones. On the contrary, for archaeological bones, the technique has erroneously led to post-mortem intervals in the range of recent bones which constitute a serious limitation of the method. On the other hand, uranium isotopes content in bones is suggested in this work as a possible indicator in placing a studied bone within either a forensic or archaeological context. (author)

  3. 238U, 226Ra and 210Pb in some vent waters of the Galapagos spreading center

    The concentrations of 226Ra, 238U and 210Pb have been measured in waters from the Mussel Bed and the Rose Garden thermal fields at the Galapagos spreading center over a temperature range of approx.2.5--16 0C. The 226Ra-T plots yield slopes of 0.112 and 0.036 dpm/kg 0C for the Mussel Bed and the Rose Garden respectively yielding a global hydrothermal 226Ra flux less than 5% of that required to sustain the oceanic inventory. 238U concentration in waters 0C is the same as that in ambient sea water whereas water hotter than approx.9 0C shows a decreasing trend with temperature to zero 238U at approx.29 0C. 210Pb concentration in Mussel Bed increases with temperature, and extrapolated to approx.350 0C yields a 210Pb concentration considerably less than that expected from 222Rn decay and basalt alteration

  4. Radiometric determination of 210Pb in powder samples by the method of standard additions

    The method of standard additions is a well known procedure in chemistry for the measurements of trace substances. The use of this method is described in the radiometric determination of 210Pb activity via the γ-ray at 46.5 keV emitted in about 4% of the decays. Standard additions of 210Pb activity are absorbed on anion exchange resin which is then mixed with the sample. The procedure used to extract the area of the photopeak from the continuum on which it is superimposed, is described in detail. The value of the 210Pb activity is calculated using the slope and intercept of the best straight line fitting the count-rate data plotted against added activity. Results obtained on four standard ore samples indicate that this method yields results of comparable accuracy to other methods such as β-ray spectrometry of the prompt 210Bi daughter. This method, however, avoids the tedious chemical separations required. (author)

  5. Temporal variations of 7Be and 210Pb activity in aerosols at Xiamen, China

    Huang, Dekun

    2016-04-01

    The radionuclides serve as powerful tracers to identify and quantify several atmospheric processes, such as source, transport and mixing of air masses, air masses exchanging between various atmospheric layers, residence times of atmospheric gasses and pollutants. 7Be and 210Pb activities in aerosols were measurement from October, 2013 to September, 2015 at Xiamen (24°26'7.44″N, 118°5'31.30″N) in South China. The activity of 7Be and 210Pb in aerosols from 2013 to 2015 in Xiamen ranged from 0.26 to 9.05 (mean:4.15) mBq m-3 and from 0.14 to 2.64 (mean:1.05) mBq m-3, respectively. The mean activity of 7Be was comparable with the activities of other places in the same latitude, while the mean activity of 210Pb was lower than the activity of the locations at high altitudes. The possible reason is that Xiamen is a coastal city located on southwest Pacific. The activities of 7Be and 210Pb had a commonly low value in summer (July-September) and a high value in autumn (October-December), it may be controlled by the rainfall. There is significant relationship between the monthly 210Pb activities and the concentration of PM 2.5 and PM 10. In contrast, monthly 7Be activities only show significant correlation with the concentration of PM 10, which implies that 7Be and 210Pb can be used to trace the different sources of the aerosols. And the dry 7Be depositional fluxes increased with latitude along the coast of China (R2=0.92, n=8).

  6. On the Application of Macros to the Automation of different Dating Models Using ''210 Pb

    Different Dating models based on 210 Pb measurements, used for verifying recent events are shown in this report as well as, models that describe different processes affecting the vertical distribution of radionuclides in lacustrine and marine sediments. Macro-Commands are programmes included in calculation work sheets that allow automatised operations to run. In this report macros are used to: a) obtain 210 Pb results from a data base created from different sampling campaigns b) apply different dating models automatically c) optimise the diffusion coefficient employed by models through standards deviation calculations among experimental values and those obtained by the model. (Author) 21 refs

  7. 210Pb content of rainfall in the Shephela (Israel coastal plain)

    Rainfall at two stations in the Shephela (Israel Coastal Plain) was analyzed for 210Pb during the winter of 1974-75. The highest concentrations of 210Pb were found in samples collected early in the rainy season. It seemed that there was a small, but significant difference between the two stations. The total activity at the Bet-Dagan station (near Tel-Aviv) and generally also the activities in the individual samples collected at this station were lower than the respective activities at the Gan-Shomron station (60 kms to the north)

  8. Determination of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in cigarette tobacco; Determinacao de {sup 210}Pb e {sup 210}Po em tabaco de cigarros nacionais

    Peres, Ana Claudia

    1999-07-01

    Cigarette smoking is one of the important pathways that could contribute to enhance the radiation dose to man, due to the relatively large concentrations of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po found in tobacco leaves. In this work, concentrations of these two radionuclides were determined in eight of the most commercialized cigarette brands produced in Brazil. The samples analyzed were bought randomly in the market. The {sup 210}Pb was determined by counting the beta activity of the {sup 210}Bi in a gas flow proportional detector, after radiochemical separation and precipitation of the PbCr0{sub 4}. The {sup 210}Po was determined by alpha spectrometry, using a surface barrier detector, after radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of Po in copper disk. The results showed concentrations ranging from 11,9 to 30,2 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for {sup 210}Pb and from 10,9 to 27,4 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for {sup 210}Po. (author)

  9. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in seals from the Baltic Sea and Lake Saimaa, Finland

    Solatie, D.; Rissanen, K. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority - STUK, Rovaniemi (Finland). Regional Laboratory in Northern Finland; Vesterbacka, P. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority - STUK, Helsinki (Finland). Natural Radiation Laboratory

    2005-09-15

    {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb are members of the {sup 238}U decay chain. {sup 210}Po is an {alpha}-emitter with a half-life of 138 days, while its grandmother, {sup 210}Pb is a {beta}-emitter with 22.3 year half-life. In the atmosphere {sup 222}Rn formats its decay products {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb. These nuclides are deposited on to the surface of land and sea and thus enter the food chain. The naturally occurring radionuclides {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb are important because their great contribution to radiation dose to human and other species. As top predators in the aquatic food chain, fish-eating seals are vulnerable to the accumulation of contaminants. In the Regional Laboratory in Northern Finland, measurements of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb activity concentrations in seals from the Baltic Sea and in ringed seals from Lake Saimaa have been performed. Concentrations of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in seals were determined in muscle, liver, kidney and spleen. The results of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb activity concentrations and the ratio of {sup 210}Po / {sup 210}Pb in these samples are presented. (Summary-only contribution)

  10. Unusually large 210Po deficiencies relative to 210Pb in the Kuroshio Current of the East China and Philippine seas

    Three vertical water profiles of 210Pb and 210Po have been measured in the East China and Philippine seas. All the profiles show a large 210Po deficiency of ∼ 8 dpm/cm2 relative to 210Pb in the top ∼ 1,000 m of the water column. Based on the 210Po deficiency, the steady state flux for 210Po removal from the surface water is estimated to be 14 dpm cm-2/yr. The 210Po/210Pb ratio of sinking particles will be too high unless an additional source of 210Pb into the surface is accounted for. Thus the large 210Po deficit is probably caused by the increased atmospheric input of 210Pb without any significant 210Po, which is focused in the Kuroshio region by isopycnal transport, and the preferential scavenging of 210Po relative to 210Pb by settling particles. The transient model calculations indicate that the model can account for the observed high excess 210Pb inventory and large 210Po deficiency in the water column if focusing of atmospherically derived 210Pb in the Kuroshio water is a factor of 2-3 more than the local input. Such lateral redistribution by the western North Pacific gyre circulation is not inconsistent with the deeper penetration and the high water column inventories of anthropogenic substances observed in this region

  11. Retention and tissue distribution of 210Pb (NO3)2 administered orally to infant and adult monkeys

    The retention and tissue distribution of 210Pb were studied in 10-day-old, 150-day-old, and adult monkeys. Lead-210 nitrate was administered to the monkeys by gavage after a 12 hr fast and 210Pb excreted in urine and feces was monitored for 96 hr. All monkeys were necropsied 96 hr after dosing and the 210Pb concentrations of various tissues were deermined. The data demonstrated that infant monkeys retained 64.5 and 69.8% of the orally administered 210Pb at 10 and 150 days of age, respectively, while adult monkeys retained 3.2% of the 210Pb dose. Blood 210Pb levels 96 hr after dosing did not vary significantly between age groups. Of the 210Pb contained in blood, 98 to 99% was found in blood cells and 1 to 2% in blood plamsa; 5 to 8% of the Pb in blood cells was bound to blood cell membranes. None of these parameters varied significantly with age. The percentage of the lead dose excreted in urine did not vary significantly between age groups. Analysis of tissues for 210Pb revealed that both the tissue Pb concentrations and tissue Pb : blood Pb ratios were significantly higher in the bone structure of infants than adults. Brain Pb : blood Pb ratios were significantly greater in 10-day-old infants than 150-day-old infants or adults

  12. 210Pb: bioaccumulation factor and internal radiation dose to the public due to consumption of seafood from Mumbai harbour bay

    Marine organisms such as fishes, molluscs and crustaceans are known to accumulate 210Pb. Distribution of 210Pb in coastal marine organisms mainly fishes and shell fishes is studied. Concentration of 210Pb obtained in muscle of common fishes (edible portion) varied from BDL to 9.71 ± 0.92 Bq kq-1 wet muscle. For fishes like Pampus argenteus (pomfret), Cynoglossus elongatus (sole), Rastrelliger kanagurta (mackerel), Harpoden nehereus (Bombay duck), Arius dussumieri (catfish), the concentration factors for 210Pb in edible portion of fish from sea water works out to 101 to 103. Radiation dose to the public has been evaluated on the basis of daily intake of 40 g of fish (15 kg y-1). Committed effective dose (CED) to 210Pb due to consumption of seafood is calculated, CED varied from 2.5 x 10-3 to 1.27 x 10-1 mSv y-1. (author)

  13. 210Pb-derived ages for the reconstruction of terrestrial contaminant history into the Mexican Pacific coast: Potential and limitations

    210Pb is widely used for dating recent sediments in the aquatic environment; however, our experiences working in shallow coastal environments in the Pacific coast of Mexico have demonstrated that the potential of 210Pb for reliable historical reconstructions might be limited by the low 210Pb atmospheric fallout, sediment mixing, abundance of coarse sediments and the lack of 137Cs signal for 210Pb corroboration. This work discusses the difficulties in obtaining adequate sedimentary records for geochronological reconstruction in such active and complex settings, including examples of 210Pb geochronologies based on sediment profiles collected in two contrasting areas coastal areas (mudflats associated to coastal lagoons of Sinaloa State and the continental shelf of the Gulf of Tehuantepec), in which geochemical data was used to support the temporal frame established and the changes in sediment supply recorded in the sediment cores which were related to the development of land-based activities during the last century.

  14. Determination of 210Pb at ultra-trace levels in water by ICP-MS

    210Pb (t 1/2 = 22.26 years) is one of the most difficult naturally occurring radionuclides to analyze directly via radiometric measurement due to its low-energy radioactive decay. In this work, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was investigated as a possible alternative to radiometric counting for the determination of 210Pb. The formation of isobaric and polyatomic (molecular) interferences was studied and various strategies (i.e. co-precipitation, extraction chromatography, and derivatization) were tested to assess their usefulness in reducing these interferences. In addition, the potential of these strategies as pre-concentration methods was demonstrated. A 210Pb pre-concentration of >300-fold and recoveries of 63-73% were obtained using a combined co-precipitation and extraction chromatography protocol followed by derivatization using an ethylating reagent. The abundance sensitivity at m/z = 210 in the presence of stable Pb was also investigated for three types of mass spectrometers (sector-field (ICP-SFMS), quadrupole-based (ICP-QMS), and quadrupole-based with a dynamic reaction cell (ICP-QMS (DRC))). Finally, the method was applied to determine 210Pb in water samples and a detection limit of 90 mBq L-1 (10 pg L-1) was obtained

  15. Concentrations of 207Bi and 210Pb-210Bi-210Po disequilibrium in fish

    Radioactive 207Bi, produced during nuclear testing at the Pacific Proving Grounds, concentrates in the muscle tissue and organs of goatfish and certain pelagic lagoon fish from Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. It is reasonable to expect that fish capable of accumulating 207Bi could also be efficient accumulators of other bismuth isotopes - namely 210Bi, the daughter of naturally occurring 210Pb. Therefore, 210Bi and consequently 210Po, the decay product of 210Bi, would be expected in notable excess over the precursor 210Pb in specific tissues. To test this assumption, we compared concentrations of 210Pb, 210Bi, and 210Po in muscle, liver, and bone separated from some reef species from the Marshall Islands. Concentrations of 210Bi in muscle and liver were found to exceed those of its precursor by factors of 2 to 15. The excess 210Bi in some species, however, is not from the environmental sources (either food or water) from which 207Bi is derived. The data suggest that the excess 210Bi may be translocated to muscle and liver tissue following the decay of 210Pb in bone

  16. The 226 Ra, 210 Pb and essential elements bioavailability to pines at Urgeirica uranium mill tailings

    The objective of this study is to correlate the uptake of the natural radionuclides 226Ra and 210Pb with the essential elements, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the pines growing at the 'Urgeirica uranium mill tailings. It can be concluded that the potassium, calcium and magnesium mean concentration ratio values are, about two to three orders of magnitude, higher than the values obtained to 226Ra and 210Pb for pines growing on the Urgeirica uranium mill tailings. The concentration ratio values higher than 1 obtained to the potassium, calcium and magnesium elements indicate that pines are behaving as accumulators to these elements. Contrarily, the 226Ra and 210Pb concentration ratio values lower than 1 indicates that pines are behaving as excluders to these radionuclides. So, it can be concluded that this kind of plants is not suitable to a phyto remediation strategy. In general, a marginally significant correlation was observed between the potassium, calcium and magnesium concentrations, the cation-exchange capacity and the ph in the tailings and the 226Ra and 210Pb pines/tailings concentration ratios. (N.C.)

  17. Technologically enhanced 210Pb and 210Po in iron and steel industry

    Iron and steel manufacture has been ranked as the largest industrial source of environmental contamination in the USA; the wastes generated in their production processes contain heavy elements that can be a source of contamination, and natural radionuclides that can produce an occupational and/or public radiological impact. In this work the potential occupational effective dose rate (μSv/y) due to inhalation in four integrated steel-making factories from Egypt has been evaluated, by assuming a well defined scenario and with basis in the 210Pb and 210Po activity concentrations determined in ore and wastes collected in the aforementioned factories. Activity concentrations, in Bq/kg, of 210Pb and 210Po, and leachable Pb and Fe were measured using gamma-ray spectrometry based on HPGe detector, alpha particle spectrometry based on PIPS detector, and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Levels of 210Pb and 210Po in the range of 210Pb and 210Po radionuclides. → Both radionuclides are enriched through the thermal processes. → For radiation dose assessment inhalation would be the main route of exposure.

  18. Levels of lead-210 (210Pb) and polonium 210 (210Po) in Cuban Tobacco products

    The release of 210Po in tobacco smoke and the radiation dose for man have been studied because of the high incidence of lung cancer among smoker. The electroplating of polonium at two different times onto copper disks and further measurement of alpha activity was the meted used for 210 Po determination in tobacco products. The Polonium daughter is used to determine both the 210Pb and 210Po using the Baseman equations for radioactive growth and decay. A cigarette contains between 10.6 and 14.7 mBq of 210Pb with an average activity of 13.0 mBq and between 8.5 and 12.3 mBq of 210Po with an average activity of 10.4 mBq for different Cuban cigarette brands. For a person smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day, the values of intakes estimated range from 32 to 44 mBq for 210Pb and from 34 to 49 mBq for 210 Po with an average daily intake of 39 mBq for 210 Pb and 42 mBq for 210Po. The annual effective dose estimated due to inhalation of these nuclides contained in cigarette smoke shows a value of 66[Sv and was in correspondence with world-wide range dose, 46 - 90 mSv.year 1 - for tobacco product consumption

  19. Lead precipitation fluxes at tropical oceanic sites determined from 210Pb measurements

    Concentrations of lead, 210Pb, and 210Po were measured in rain selected for least influence by local sources of contamination at several tropical and subtropical islands (Enewetak; Pigeon Key, Florida; and American Samoa) and shipboard stations (near Bermuda and Tahiti). Ratios expressed as ng Pb/dpm 210Pb in rain were 250--900 for Pigeon Key (assuming 12% adsorption for 210Pb and no adsorption for lead), depending on whether the air masses containing the analyzed rain came from the Caribbean or from the continent, respectively; about 390 for the northern Sargasso Sea downwind from emissions of industrial lead in North America; 65 for Enewetak, remote from continental emissions of industrial lead in the northern hemisphere; and 14 near Tahiti, a remote location in the southern hemisphere where industrial lead emissions to the atmosphere are much less than in the northern hemisphere. (The American Samoa sample yielded a higher ratio than Tahiti; the reason for this is not clear but may be due to local Pb sources). The corresponding fluxes of lead to the oceans, based on measured or modeled 210Pb precipitation fluxes, are about 4 ng Pb/cm2y for Tahiti, 10 for Enewetak, and 270 for the Sargasso Sea site, and between 110 to 390 at Pigeon Key

  20. Bioavailability of radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb present in the brazilian phosphate fertilizers and phosphogypsum; Avaliacao da biodisponibilidade dos radionuclideos {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra e {sup 210}Pb presentes nos fertilizantes fosfatados e no fosfogesso de procedencia nacional

    Russo, Ana Carolina

    2013-08-01

    Phosphogypsum, also called gypsum, by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, can be used as soil conditioner since it provides improvements in the soil-plant system. However, this by-product concentrates radionuclides of the U and Th series, present in the phosphate rock used as raw material, which can impact the environment. In order to study the bioavailability of radionuclides, samples of phosphogypsum and phosphate fertilizers (monoammonium phosphate and triple superphosphate) were analyzed. The concentration of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb were determined by gamma spectrometry. The samples were leached with a mild EDTA solution and the radionuclides present in the final solution were determined by total alpha and beta counting on a gas flow proportional counter. The percentage of extraction varied from 1.6% to 1.7% for {sup 210}Pb, from 0.5% to 1.4% for {sup 226}Ra and from 0.1% to 1.0% for the {sup 228}Ra in phosphogypsum samples. The low percentage of extraction obtained for the radionuclides can be partly explained by the low solubility of phosphogypsum, which ranged from 7.7% to 16%. For the monoammonium phosphate samples the percentage of extraction were less than 26% for {sup 226}Ra, less than 10% for '2{sup 28}Ra and less than 10% for {sup 210}Pb. In spite of the high solubility of 77% of monoammonium phosphate in the EDTA solution, low concentrations of radionuclides were observed in the leached solution. For the triple superphosphate samples, the percentage of extraction was 2.3% for {sup 226}Ra, 1.2% for {sup 228}Ra and 11.3% for {sup 210}Pb. In spite of the high solubility of 66% of triple superphosphate in the EDTA solution, low concentrations of radionuclides were observed in the leached solution. (author)

  1. Export of particulate matter from Tokyo Bay studied with radiochemical tracers, 210Po and 210Pb

    Sediment traps were deployed at the mouth of Tokyo Bay in the winter of 1991 and the summer of 1993, each for a few days. The fluxes of total mass, 210Pb (parent) and 210Po (daughter) increased with depth, especially in the near-bottom layer. All the fluxes of total mass, 210Po and 210Pb decreased offshore at the same depth, while they increased offshore at the same distance above the bottom. The observed particulate flux of 210Pb in the water column was one to two orders of magnitude larger than the sedimentation rate at the bottom. The activity ratio of 210Po/210Pb in the near-bottom layer was largest at each station and did not vary from station to station. These findings indicate that enormous amounts of particulate matter are transported fairly quickly offshore through the near-bottom layer at the entrance. The variation in total mass flux was well synchronized with the tidal cycle at a mid-depth of 85 m in the water column of 240 m in winter of 1991, where the fluxes were larger during ebb and smaller during flood tides. The particulate flux of 210Po was also larger by a factor of about 2 during ebb, while the concentration of 210Pb was about 40 % larger during flood than ebb. These findings indicate that the tidal current is a major conveyor of particulate matter at the mid-depths. The tidal variation, however, was weak for the results obtained in the near-bottom layer in 1993, where much particulate matter was transported toward the Kuroshio region along the valley of Tokyo Bay. Our results suggest that even bays having narrow mouths, such as Tokyo Bay, are a large source of particulate material to the open oceans. (author)

  2. Organic carbon sedimentation rates in Asian mangrove coastal ecosystems estimated by {sup 210}PB chronology

    Tateda, Y.; Wattayakorn, G.; Nhan, D.D.; Kasuya, Y. [Abiko Research Laboratory CRIEPI, Biology Dept., Abiko, Chiba (Japan)

    2004-07-01

    Organic carbon balance estimation of mangrove coastal ecosystem is important for understanding of Asian coastal carbon budget/flux calculation in global carbon cycle modelling which is powerful tool for the prediction of future greenhouse gas effect and evaluation of countermeasure preference. Especially, the organic carbon accumulation rate in mangrove ecosystem was reported to be important sink of carbon as well as that in boreal peat accumulation. For the estimation of 10{sup 3} years scale organic carbon accumulation rates in mangrove coastal ecosystems, {sup 14}C was used as long term chronological tracer, being useful in pristine mangrove forest reserve area. While in case of mangrove plantation of in coastal area, the {sup 210}Pb is suitable for the estimation of decades scale estimation by its half-life. Though it has possibility of bio-/physical- turbation effect in applying {sup 210}Pb chronology that is offset in case of 10{sup 3} years scale estimation, especially in Asian mangrove ecosystem where the anthropogenic physical turbation by coastal fishery is vigorous.In this paper, we studied the organic carbon and {sup 210}Pb accumulation rates in subtropical mangrove coastal ecosystems in Japan, Vietnam and Thailand with {sup 7}Be analyses to make sure the negligible effect of above turbation effects on organic carbon accumulation. We finally concluded that {sup 210}Pb was applicable to estimate organic carbon accumulation rates in these ecosystems even though the physical-/bio-turbation is expected. The measured organic carbon accumulation rates using {sup 210}Pb in mangrove coastal ecosystems of Japan, Vietnam and Thailand were 0.067 4.0 t-C ha{sup -1} y{sup -1}. (author)

  3. Determination of 210Pb and 210Po in Brazilian cigarette tobacco

    Cigarette smoking is one of the important pathways that could contribute to enhance the radiation dose to man, due to the relatively large concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po found in tobacco leaves. In this work, concentrations of these two radionuclides were determined in eight of the most commercialized cigarette brands produced in Brazil. The samples analyzed were bought randomly in the market. The 210 Pb was determined by counting the beta activity of the 210Bi in a gas flow proportional detector, after radiochemical separation and precipitation of the PbCrO4. The 210Po was determined by alpha spectrometry, using a surface barrier detector, after radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of Po in copper disk. The results showed concentrations ranging from 15,8 to 30,2 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Pb and from 18,8 to 27,4 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Po. Taking in account the experimental error of the measurements, radioactive equilibrium between 210Pb and 210Po is observed for all analyzed samples. This result was expected, since the delayed time from the harvest of tobacco leaves to the introduction of cigarettes in the market is enough to reach that equilibrium. Assuming a 20 cigarettes per day consumption, and a 10% of Pb and 20% of Po being inhaled by the primary smokers, it is obtained a value of yearly intake of 11,3 Bq of 210Pb and 21,2 Bq of 210Po, due to cigarette consumption. These values lead to an increment to the committed effective dose of 0,025 mSv year-1 and an increment to the probability of getting cancer of 1 x 10-6 per year. (author)

  4. Budget and residence time of 210Pb along the Gulf of Lion's continental slope (Northwestern Mediterranean Sea)

    Concentration of 210Pb has been measured in water and sediment trap samples collected on 7 experimental sites representative of the Gulf of Lion's continental margin. This marine system is characterised by a major continental input through the Rhone river and a powerful along-slope cyclonic current (Northern Current). From the distribution of bulk 210Pb activities, it was intended to gain some information on the processes controlling the transport of trace metals at the ocean/continent boundary. Residence times of 210Pb relative to scavenging in surface waters (0-100 m) showed a constant along-slope (i.e., downstream) decrease that can be related to increasing concentrations in suspended particles. Annual time-series of 210Pb activities in settling particles were determined on samples collected by traps at 500 and 1000 m depth. From this data set, a budget for 210Pb on this margin was established which permitted to determine the flux of 210Pb theoretically adsorbed onto particles. This theoretical flux was compared, at each site, with fluxes effectively measured by traps and revealed that exchange processes - mainly in the form of large inputs of this nuclide (import of 47 to 93% of measured flux) - largely affect the 210Pb distribution on this continental margin. (author)

  5. Bioaccumulation and retention of 210Pb in the Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis

    Pb is commonly reported as a pollutant of concern in the marine environment. Although severely regulated in the industrialised countries, global emissions are not showing a significant downward trend. Therefore Pb will still cause problems because of its conservative nature and its increasing use in some industrial applications. It is therefore important to develop tools to monitor the occurrence and abundance of Pb in coastal waters, particularly those in less-developed regions of the world where its use is not yet, or only poorly, regulated. Thus, the purpose of this study was to quantify Pb bioaccumulation in a widely distributed and abundant species along the Mediterranean coasts of North Africa, i.e. the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis, in order to assess the relevance of its use as a bioindicator species of Pb contamination. The experimental approach used highly sensitive nuclear detection techniques to investigate uptake and loss kinetics of the radiotracer 210Pb in the mussels. Individuals were exposed experimentally to the radiotracer for 14 d via seawater (uptake phase). At the end of the exposure period, non-contaminated conditions were restored (clean flowing sea water) for 22 d and loss kinetics of 210Pb from mussel tissues were determined (depuration phase) during that time. 210Pb was found to be readily taken up according to linear uptake kinetics. At the end of the exposure period (14 d of exposure), calculated concentration factors reached values as high as 300. When mussels were exposed to increasing 210Pb activities (0.25 to 2.5 Bq ml-1), it was found that Pb bioaccumulation in the mussel tissues was directly proportional to ambient Pb concentrations in sea water. Retention of the metal in mussel tissues was high with ca. 50% of incorporated Pb remaining in the tissues after 3 weeks of depuration. Mussels displayed similar loss kinetics regardless the 210Pb activity (0.25 to 2.5 Bq ml-1) to which they were previously exposed. Estimated

  6. Modeling the downward transport of (210)Pb in Peatlands: Initial Penetration-Constant Rate of Supply (IP-CRS) model.

    Olid, Carolina; Diego, David; Garcia-Orellana, Jordi; Cortizas, Antonio Martínez; Klaminder, Jonatan

    2016-01-15

    The vertical distribution of (210)Pb is commonly used to date peat deposits accumulated over the last 100-150 years. However, several studies have questioned this method because of an apparent post-depositional mobility of (210)Pb within some peat profiles. In this study, we introduce the Initial Penetration–Constant Rate of Supply (IP-CRS) model for calculating ages derived from 210Pb profiles that are altered by an initial migration of the radionuclide. This new, two-phased, model describes the distribution of atmospheric-derived (210)Pb ((210)Pbxs) in peat taking into account both incorporation of (210)Pb into the accumulating peat matrix as well as an initial flushing of (210)Pb through the uppermost peat layers. The validity of the IP-CRS model is tested in four anomalous (210)Pb peat records that showed some deviations from the typical exponential decay profile not explained by variations in peat accumulation rates. Unlike the most commonly used (210)Pb-dating model (Constant Rate of Supply (CRS)), the IP-CRS model estimates peat accumulation rates consistent with typical growth rates for peatlands from the same areas. Confidence in the IP-CRS chronology is also provided by the good agreement with independent chronological markers (i.e. (241)Am and (137)Cs). Our results showed that the IP-CRS can provide chronologies from peat records where (210)Pb mobility is evident, being a valuable tool for studies reconstructing past environmental changes using peat archives during the Anthropocene. PMID:26476062

  7. 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the surface air from the Arctic to Antarctica

    In the present study we have investigated the activity concentrations of 210Pb, 210Po as well as 7Be in surface air of the North and South Atlantic (1988–1989), the Arctic Ocean (1991), and along the coastline of Siberia (1994) during succeeding expeditions in the Swedish Polar Research program. During the cruises in the Arctic Ocean during 1991-07-28 to 1991-10-04 the average air concentrations of 7Be was 0.6 ± 0.4 mBq/m3, 210Pb 40 ± 4 μBq/m3 and 210Po-38 ± 10 μBq/m3. During the Swedish-Russian Tundra Ecology-94 expedition along the Siberian coastline the average air concentrations of 7Be and 210Pb measured during May–July were 11 ± 3, and 2.4 ± 0.4 mBq/m3, and during July–September they were 7.2 ± 2 and 2.7 ± 1.1 mBq/m3 respectively. The results from measurements of the activity concentration of 210Pb in the air over the Arctic Ocean vary between 75 and 176 μBq/m3. In the air close to land masses, however, the activity concentration of 210Pb in the air increases to 269–2712 μBq/m3. The activity concentration of 7Be in the South Atlantic during the cruise down to Antarctica varied between 1.3 and 1.7 with an average of 1.5 ± 0.8 mBq/m3. The activity concentration of 210Pb in the South Atlantic down to Antarctica varied between 6 and 14 μBq/m3. At the Equator the activity concentration recorded in November 1988 was 630 μBq/m3 and in April 1989 it was 260 μBq/m3. The average activity concentration of 210Pb during the route Gothenburg–Montevideo in 1988 was 290 and on the return Montevideo–Gothenburg it was 230 μBq/m3. The activity concentration of 210Po in the South Atlantic down to Antarctica varied between 15 and 58 μBq/m3. At the Equator the activity concentration in November 1988 was 170 and in April 1989 it was 70 μBq/m3. The average activity concentration of 210Po during the route Gothenburg–Montevideo in 1988 was 63 and on the return Montevideo–Gothenburg it was 60 μBq/m3. The average of the activity concentrations in the

  8. Application of Radionuclide 210 Pb in Dating of Black Coral%应用210 Pb 的南海黑角珊瑚定年

    张晓笛; 毕倩倩; 蔡炜颖; 王希龙; 张芬芬; 杜金洲

    2015-01-01

    通过高分辨低本底的α能谱检测技术对采自南海西沙群岛(JYI-1、JYI-2)和鹿回头半岛(LHT)三株黑角珊瑚骨骼中的210 Pb 进行了测定,利用过剩210 Pb 比活度在珊瑚横截面的径向分布规律,对黑角珊瑚进行年代学研究。结果表明,210 Pb 在珊瑚骨骼中的比活度随径向呈指数衰减,各样品中210 Pb 的比活度范围分别为10.28~73.41 mBq/g (JYI-1),1.50~4.72 mBq/g (JYI-2)和5.35~12.67 mBq/g (LHT)。这些黑角珊瑚物种都表现出了生长缓慢、生长周期长的特性。它们持续生长了约185~267 a,年生长率介于17.8~26.5μm/a。而且,年生长率在不同种属、不同区域的样品间有明显区别,生长速率的顺序为:西沙(JYI-2)>西沙(JYI-1)>鹿回头(LHT)。放射性核素210 Pb 对南海黑角珊瑚定年结果与生长环计数的定年结果基本一致。这种黑角珊瑚定年方法可以为其在百年尺度上研究气候环境的演变和重建提供基础数据。%In this study,theαspectrometry technology was used to estimate the activities of 2 1 0 Pb in the skeletons of black corals collected from the Xisha Islands (JYI-1,JYI-2 )and Luhuitou Peninsula (LHT)of the South China Sea.According to the radial distribution characteristics of excess 2 1 0 Pb in the cross-sections of black corals,we studied the chronology of black corals.The results reveal that specific activity of 2 1 0 Pb exhibits an exponential decrease with distance from the edge of the black corals.The ranges of 2 1 0 Pb specific activity in the coral skeleton are 10.28-73.41 mBq/g,1.50-4.72 mBq/g and 5.35-12.67 mBq/g in the JYI-1,JYI-2 and LHT respectively.All black corals are long-lived and slow-growing organisms.They have been growing continuously for 185-267 a,with growth rates ranging from 17.8 to 26.5 μm/a.Moreover,the annual growth rates exhibit obvious distinction in diverse species collected from different regions.The sequence of the growth rate is JYI-2 >JYI-1>LHT.With respect

  9. 210Po/210Pb disequilibria in the shelf edge of the East China Sea

    The uranium-238 series radionuclides 210Pb (t1/2 = 22.3 yr) and its daughter 210Po (t1/2 = 138 days), are important tracers in the marine environment. They are especially useful for studies on material transport scavenging processes within relatively short times and on the mechanism of material transport from coastal zones to the open sea, because they are highly reactive to the particulate matter and is rapidly removal from the water column. In this study, we present measurements of 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in seawater and the calculated rates of removal of these radionuclides from the water column in the shelf edge of the East China Sea

  10. 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

  11. Efficiency testing of Red Lake protection dam on Rosu stream by 210Pb method

    The Red lake, a small lake from Romania is threatened by massive sedimentation, therefore two protection dams were constructed on Oii and Rosu brooks. The aim of this study is to get information about the variation of the retention capability of the dams using the 210Pb method. 210Pb, 226Ra and 137Cs were measured by gamma- and 210Po by alpha spectrometry. The values for mass sedimentation are between 0.17 ± 0.03-2.3 ± 0.4 g/cm2y for the Red Lake and 0.21 ± 0.03-0.9 ± 0.1 g/cm2y for the dam lake. Due to these high values, the dam lake will fill up in 20 ± 8y and 80 % of the Red Lake in 81 ± 30y. (author)

  12. Stable (206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb) and radioactive (210Pb) lead isotopes in 1 year of growth of Sphagnum moss from four ombrotrophic bogs in southern Germany: Geochemical significance and environmental implications

    Shotyk, William; Kempter, Heike; Krachler, Michael; Zaccone, Claudio

    2015-08-01

    behaviour of 210Pb and total Pb in the mosses may reflect differences in the particle size distribution of the corresponding aerosols, their physical and chemical properties, the extent of their interaction with plant surfaces, or some combination of these factors. The 206Pb/207Pb ratios from NBF (HO = 1.159 ± 0.002, n = 19; WI = 1.157 ± 0.003, n = 48) and OB (GS = 1.157 ± 0.003, n = 28; KL = 1.159 ± 0.003, n = 15) are uniform and indicate that both regions are impacted by Pb from predominately anthropogenic sources. Although Sphagnum moss represents an established receptor in monitoring atmospheric Pb deposition, the physical characteristics (size, morphology, composition) of the three predominant kinds of Pb-bearing aerosols considered here, namely 210Pb (adsorbed onto aerosol surfaces, following decay of 222Rn), anthropogenic Pb (sub-micron aerosols from high temperature combustion processes) and lithogenic Pb soil-derived mineral dusts (tens of microns, from chemical weathering of crustal rocks), are fundamentally different and these have consequences for the retention efficiency of the three kinds of particles.

  13. Biogeochemical cycling of 210Po and 210Pb in the upper ocean

    The naturally occurring radionuclide 210Po is typically deficient relative to its parent 210Pb in the surface ocean due to preferential removal by biota, while in near equilibrium or excess below the surface mixed layer due to rapid regeneration from sinking organic matter. In general, larger deficit of 210Po is observed in the oligotrophic oceans interior, which seems to be due to efficient uptake of Po by cyanobacteria. The activities of 210Pb and 210Po were measured for the truly dissolved (< 10 kD), colloidal (10 kD - 0.45 mm), and particulate (> 0.45 mm) phases in the upper ocean (0-200 m) of the East/Japan Sea (EJS) in the summer of 2009. The total 210Pb and 210Po activities in the EJS were in the range of 6.3-23 and 3.3-10 dpm/100L, respectively. The proportions of the truly dissolved, colloidal, and particulate phases were 35±3, 48±7 and 17±8% for 210Pb and 19±2, 36±6, and 45±6% for 210Po, respectively, in the upper ocean. Using a net residence time model, which accounts for biological uptake and remineralization, the residence times of 210Po in the upper 100-m layer were calculated to be 92±41, 63±14, and 166±45 days for the truly dissolved, colloidal, an particulate phases, respectively. The residence time of colloidal 210Po was several-fold longer than typical turnover times (<10 days) of high-molecular-weight dissolved organic carbon and colloidal residence times of short-live 234Th in the surface water. This result suggests that 210Po turns over several times through the colloidal phase perhaps together with other bio-reactive elements, before settling down from the upper ocean. (author)

  14. Variability of excretion rates of 210Pb and 210Po of humans at environmental levels

    Variability of the excretion rates of the nuclides 210Pb and 210Po at natural levels was studied in a group of samples collected from men maintained under the carefully controlled conditions of a metabolic ward. They consumed only the standard diet of the ward in which they had been resident for at least several months prior to this study. The mean urinary rates were about 0.1 to 0.5 pCi/day for both 210Pb and 210Po, while fecal rates ranged from 1 to 2.7 pCi/day for the two nuclides. For urinary 210Pb the coefficients of variation (ratio of standard deviation to mean) for three subjects ranged from 19 to 45 percent for eight continuous 24-hr samples compared to 11 to 13 percent for subsequently collected multiday samples (4 to 9 days each) for each subject. However, the standard errors of the means for the one day collections were about equal to the standard deviations of the pooled samples. Similar variability was noted for the 210Po data. Six day fecal collections from these time periods exhibited higher variabilities than did the urine, from about 12 percent to 50 percent for each of the nuclides. Multiday collections for 12 subjects showed mean coefficients of variation of about 16 percent for 210Pb and 13 percent for the 210Po for urine and 21 and 25 percent, respectively, in fecal collections. Since dietary intake was maintained fairly constant, excreta collections were carefully controlled, and the analytical precision was about 5 percent, these variabilities appear to be due to biological variations and are characteristic of the individuals studied. Some possible causes of these effects are discussed

  15. 210Pb and compositional data of sediments from Rondonian lakes, Madeira River basin, Brazil

    Gold exploration has been intensive in Brazilian Amazon over the last 40 years, where the use of mercury as an amalgam has caused abnormal Hg concentrations in water bodies. Special attention has been directed to Madeira River due to fact it is a major tributary of Amazon River and that since 1986, gold exploration has been officially permitted along a 350 km sector of the river. The 210Pb method has been used to date sediments taken from nine lakes situated in Madeira River basin, Rondônia State, and to verify where anthropogenic Hg might exist due to gold exploitation in Madeira River. Activity profiles of excess 210Pb determined in the sediment cores provided a means to evaluate the sedimentation rates using a Constant Flux: Constant Sedimentation (CF:CS) and Constant Rate of Supply (CRS) of unsupported/excess 210Pb models. A significant relationship was found between the CF:CS sedimentation rates and the mean values of the CRS sedimentation rates (Pearson correlation coefficient r=0.59). Chemical data were also determined in the sediments for identifying possible relationships with Hg occurring in the area. Significant values were found in statistical correlation tests realized among the Hg, major oxides and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) content in the sediments. The TOC increased in the sediment cores accompanied by a loss on ignition (LOI) increment, whereas silica decreased following a specific surface area raising associated to the TOC increase. The CRS model always provided ages within the permitted range of the 210Pb-method in the studied lakes, whereas the CF:CS model predicted two values above 140 years. - Highlights: • Gold mining activities. • Madeira River basin at Amazon area. • Pb-210 chronological method. • Models for evaluating sedimentation rates

  16. Minimum speed limit for ocean ridge magmatism from 210Pb-226Ra-230Th disequilibria.

    Rubin, K H; van der Zander, I; Smith, M C; Bergmanis, E C

    2005-09-22

    Although 70 per cent of global crustal magmatism occurs at mid-ocean ridges-where the heat budget controls crustal structure, hydrothermal activity and a vibrant biosphere-the tempo of magmatic inputs in these regions remains poorly understood. Such timescales can be assessed, however, with natural radioactive-decay-chain nuclides, because chemical disruption to secular equilibrium systems initiates parent-daughter disequilibria, which re-equilibrate by the shorter half-life in a pair. Here we use 210Pb-226Ra-230Th radioactive disequilibria and other geochemical attributes in oceanic basalts less than 20 years old to infer that melts of the Earth's mantle can be transported, accumulated and erupted in a few decades. This implies that magmatic conditions can fluctuate rapidly at ridge volcanoes. 210Pb deficits of up to 15 per cent relative to 226Ra occur in normal mid-ocean ridge basalts, with the largest deficits in the most magnesium-rich lavas. The 22-year half-life of 210Pb requires very recent fractionation of these two uranium-series nuclides. Relationships between 210Pb-deficits, (226Ra/230Th) activity ratios and compatible trace-element ratios preclude crustal-magma differentiation or daughter-isotope degassing as the main causes for the signal. A mantle-melting model can simulate observed disequilibria but preservation requires a subsequent mechanism to transport melt rapidly. The likelihood of magmatic disequilibria occurring before melt enters shallow crustal magma bodies also limits differentiation and heat replenishment timescales to decades at the localities studied. PMID:16177787

  17. Discharge of 210Po and 210Pb in coastal groundwater to the ocean

    The activities of 210Po and 210Pb were measured for the truly dissolved (<10 kDa) and colloidal (10 kDa - 0.45 ìm) phases in coastal ground water in 2010 and 2011. The sampling sites include the coast of a large tidal flat (Hampyeong Bay) and a volcanic island, Jeju, Korea, where submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) were reported to be higher than typical continental margins. The total dissolved fraction was separated into the colloidal and truly dissolved fractions using a tangential flow filtration (TFF) system (PLCGC Pellicon). The total 210Po and 210Pb activities in ground water were 1.0 - 18.2 dpm/100L (9.7±7.6 dpm/100L) an 2.9 - 29.1 dpm/100L (16.8±10.7 dpm/100L) in the Hampyeong Bay and Jeju Island samples, respectively. The total 210Po and 210Pb activities in groundwater were similar to or even slightly lower than those in the typical seawater. These lower activities seem to be due to the rapid adsorption of Po and Pb on to particles in the subterranean estuary. The proportions of the truly dissolved and colloidal phases were, respectively, 73±5% and 27±5% for 210Po, and 60±5% and 40±5% for 210Pb. This result is consistent with the earlier study that more than half of the some dissolved trace metals in coastal ground water are in the colloidal form. Thus, our result implies that the colloidal forms are important in controlling the behaviour of Po, Pb, and other trace metals in the subterranean estuary and SGD-associated fluxes to the ocean. (author)

  18. Concentration of 210Po and 210Pb in the diet at the Marshall Islands

    The concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb have been determined in many local foods consumed by societies residing on different atolls in the Marshall Islands. The average daily intake of these two naturally occurring radionuclides from local and imported food is estimated to be 2.18 and 0.36 Bq, respectively. Local foods contribute 87% of the 210Po and 47% of the 210Pb associated with the diet. The items contributing the majority of the activity to the diet are derived from the marine environment and include parts of fish, invertebrates, seabirds and eggs of seabirds. The committed effective dose from ingestion of 210Po and 210Pb is 2 mSv/year (200 mrem/year). This pathway now contributes 83% of the natural background irradiation received by residents in the Marshall Islands. Because the naturally occurring radionuclides are omnipresent in terrestrial and marine foods at all atolls, the annual intake and computed dose can be considered as typical values for individuals with comparable diets and inhabiting other islands in the Pacific

  19. Optimizing production of Pb beams for 205,210Pb analysis by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    Sookdeo, Adam; Cornett, Jack; Kieser, William E.

    2015-10-01

    The measurement of rare radioactive lead isotopes (205Pb or 210Pb) by AMS requires the production of strong Pb negative molecular anion beams from the ion source. This paper summarizes the results of tests of different target composition on the strength and stability of 208PbF3- currents and 210Pb counts. In an 834 SIMS-type Cs+ sputter source, the superhalogen, PbF3- had the largest current or ionization efficiency from a survey of Pb molecular anions. The target matrix that produced the largest current of PbF3- was composed of PbF2, AgF2 and CsF. The ratio of AgF2 and CsF does not affect the ionization efficiency of PbF3-. Chemically refluxed targets of PbF2, AgF2 and CsF increased the ionization efficiency of PbF3-. The count rate of the rare isotope, 210Pb, was increased with the addition of microgram quantities of stable PbF2 to the targets. In an SO-110 type Cs+ sputter source the ionization efficiency of PbF3- was increased with lower rather than higher Cs+ fluence.

  20. Unusual 210Po/210Pb ratios in the surface water of the Gulf of Lions

    Concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb have been measured in sea water collected in the Grand Rhone Canyon. Concentrations of 210Pb are at similar levels to those found in other Mediterranean sea water samples, and are at the levels which would be expected in comparison with global sea water data. The same applies to the 210Po concentrations in samples from below 100 m depth. Surface samples from above 100 m have 210Po at levels rather higher than expected, and their 210Po/210Pb ratios are about 1 or more as compared with the usual open ocean ratio 0.5. These data can be interpreted as indicating another source of supply of 210Po to the surface layer in addition to the normal atmospheric input. We suggest that an episodic advective particulate input, probably originating in the output of the Rhone river and perhaps involving resuspension of fine particulates from the bottom sediments as a result of storm conditions, is he most likely candidate for this additional source. (authors)

  1. Evaluation of 210Pb and 210Po in cigarette tobacco produced in Brazil

    Cigarette smoking is one of the pathways that might contribute significantly to the increase in the radiation dose reaching man, due to the relatively large concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po found in tobacco leaves. In the present study, the concentrations of these two radionuclides were determined in eight of the most frequently sold cigarette brands produced in Brazil. 210Pb was determined by counting the beta activity of 210Bi with a gas flow proportional detector after radiochemical separation and precipitation of PbCrO4. 210Po was determined by alpha spectrometry using a surface barrier detector after radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of Po on a copper disk. The results showed concentrations ranging from 11.9 to 30.2 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Pb and from 10.9 to 27.4 mBq per gram of dry tobacco for 210Po. The collective committed effective dose resulting from the use of cigarettes produced in Brazil per year is estimated to be 1.5x104 man-Sv

  2. A Comparison of Tow Nuclear Analytical Techniques for determination of 210PB Specific Activity in Solid Environmental Samples

    Two nuclear analytical techniques for determination of 210Pb-specific activity in solid environmental samples have been validated and compared. The first technique depends on determination of 210Pb via its alpha emitting daughter 210Po using alpha-particle spectrometry, while the second technique is based on direct determination of 210Pb by measuring its activity at the 46-keV gamma line by low-energy gamma-ray spectrometry. Detection limits, repeatability, reproducibility, and surrogate recovery were the main validation parameters. Measurement uncertainties were estimated and compared for both techniques. Results of this study have shown that the expected activity of 210Pb in the environmental samples and the required measurement uncertainty are the main factors influencing a selection of the appropriate method for the application. (author)

  3. Measurement of 210Pb and its Application to Evaluate Contamination in an Area Affected by NORM Releases

    Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) is an easy and straightforward technique, and combined with its low limit of detection, makes it a powerful tool for both routine and low level measurements that can be applied to 210Pb low level counting in environmental samples. 210Pb can be easily measured following a sulphate co-precipitation method; the addition of a carrier and the weighing of the recovered amount is a widespread technique to evaluate radiochemical yield, however, this evaluation of the recovery is sometimes questioned. The samples employed in this work were recollected in 1999 and 2005 from the estuary of the Odiel and Tinto rivers (SW of Spain), which were affected by phosphogypsum (pg.) discharges until 1998. Phosphogypsum contains most of the 210Pb from the treated raw material, for that reason analysed riverbed sediments have enhanced 210Pb activity concentrations and hence, enhanced activity concentration of its daughter 210Po, both in secular equilibrium after two years

  4. A method for analyzing low statistics high resolution spectra from 210Pb in underground coal miners from Brazil

    A survey conducted by the IRD-CNEN determined that some workers from an underground coal mine in the south of Brazil were exposed to elevated airborne concentrations of 222Rn. Because inhalation of high airborne concentrations of 222Rn can lead to an increase of 210Pb in bone, in vivo measurements of 210Pb in the skeleton were performed in selected underground workers from this mine. Measurements were performed using an array of high-resolution germanium detectors positioned around the head and knee to detect the low abundant 46.5 keV photon emitted by 210Pb. The gamma-ray spectra were analyzed using a moving median smoothing function to detect the presence of a photopeak at 46.5 keV. The minimum detectable activity of 210Pb in the skeleton using this methodology was 50 Bq. (author)

  5. Ingestion of 210 Pb and 210 Po through fish consumption in the Cananeia-Iguape system, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

    In this work the ingestion of 210 Pb and 210 Po in the Cananeia - Iguape System, coast south of the Sao Paulo State was estimated. After the dissolution of the fish muscle (by microwave) radiochemical methods were applied for the analysis of those radionuclides.210 Pb was detected by using a Geiger-Muller detector while 210 Po by alpha spectrometry. The estimates of individual ingestion of 210 Pb and 210 Po for the fish of higher economical importance for the population of the System were of 0.004 and 0.035 Bq.d-1, respectively. Although, the levels of individual ingestion of these radionuclides obtained in this work are below the recommended levels it is advisable a periodic monitoring of these radionuclides in estuarine samples, especially, for the organisms such as fish that can be used as bio-indicators of 210 Pb and 210 Po. (author)

  6. Assessment of 210Po and 210Pb in marine biota of the Mallipattinam ecosystem of Tamil Nadu, India

    To provide baseline data on background radiation levels for the future assessment of the impact of nuclear and thermal power stations, a systematic study was carried out in the Mallipattinam ecosystem of Tamil Nadu, India. Mallipattinam is located between the Kudankulam and Kalpakkam nuclear power plants and near to Tuticorin thermal power plant. Water, sediments, seaweeds, crustaceans, molluscs, and fish were collected to measure the concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb. The concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in most samples are comparable to values reported worldwide. In fish, the concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb are in the range 16-190 Bq kg-1 and 8-153 Bq kg-1, respectively. The concentration factors of 210Po and 210Pb for the biotic components ranges from 103 to 106.

  7. Measurement of {sup 214} Pb, {sup 212} Pb {sup 210} Pb and {sup 7} Be activities in sizes fractionated aerosols in the lower atmosphere at Sacavem (Lisbon)

    Reis, Mario J.; Brogueira, Alfredo L.; Bettencourt, Antonio O. [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Sacavem (Portugal). Dept. de Protecao Radiologica e Seguranca Nuclear; Rosa, Rui N. [Universidade de Evora (Portugal). Dept. de Fisica

    2001-07-01

    Aerodynamic size distribution measurements of {sup 214} Pb, {sup 212} Pb {sup 210} Pb and {sup 7} Be were carried out using a five-stage high-volume cascade impactor with effective cut-off diameters of 0.49, 0.95, 1.5, 3.0, and 7.2 {mu}m. The activity of the samples was measured by {gamma}-ray spectrometry using both coaxial and ultra-low background well-type HPGe detectors. The activity size distribution measurements indicate that all radionuclides were associated with submicron aerosol in the accumulation mode, being {sup 210} Pb and {sup 7} Be attached to slightly larger particles, when compared to short-lived radon and thoron daughters. The mass size distributions show a significant contribution from aerosol particles larger than 7.2 {mu}m to the total mass concentration, which indicates the occurrence of resuspension processes. However, since that in most of the samples no {sup 210} Pb and short-lived {sup 214} Pb and {sup 212} Pb were found in association with larger particles, it seems that those nuclides were mostly originated by the decay of atmospheric radon (or thoron in the case of {sup 212} Pb) instead of soil resuspension. On average it was observed that about 80% of the {sup 214} Pb and {sup 212} Pb activity was associated with aerosol particles with aerodynamic diameters smaller than 0.49 {mu}m and about 90% with particles smaller than 0.95 {mu}m. (author)

  8. Scavenging and fractionation of particle-reactive radioisotopes 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po in the atmosphere

    Chen, Jinfang; Luo, Shangde; Huang, Yipu

    2016-09-01

    The scavenging and fractionation of 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere are investigated by measuring their activities in rainwater collected from 68 rain events during March 2004 to April 2006 at a coastal station of Xiamen, southeastern China. In addition to documenting the large temporal variations in activities, fluxes, and isotope ratios of 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po in rainwater and the role of rainfall intensity in radionuclide scavenging, our results show that an enhanced deposition of 7Be and 210Pb occurs in the spring than in other seasons and is attributed to the "funnel effect" due to the increased atmospheric vertical convective mixing in the spring. This latter hypothesis is further supported by the observed seasonal and inter-annual variations in 7Be/210Pb and 210Po/210Pb ratios showing that the weakening of vertical convective mixing or stratosphere-troposphere exchange (STE) at the study site is linked with the enhancement of summer monsoons. It appears that the rainfall intensity, in connection with the vertical (e.g., STE) and horizontal (summer monsoons) air transport, exerts an important control on the activities, fluxes, and isotope ratios of 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere. Application of the observational data to a theoretical model shows that there are significant fractionations among 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere, with the scavenging rate constant or reciprocal of the residence time of radionuclide in the atmosphere being 210Pb > 7Be > 210Po. A revised Poet et al. (1972)'s method is proposed for quantitative constraint on the scavenging behavior of radionuclide, aerosols, and aerosol-associated trace pollutants in the atmosphere.

  9. Atmospheric residence time of (210)Pb determined from the activity ratios with its daughter radionuclides (210)Bi and (210)Po.

    Semertzidou, P; Piliposian, G T; Appleby, P G

    2016-08-01

    The residence time of (210)Pb created in the atmosphere by the decay of gaseous (222)Rn is a key parameter controlling its distribution and fallout onto the landscape. These in turn are key parameters governing the use of this natural radionuclide for dating and interpreting environmental records stored in natural archives such as lake sediments. One of the principal methods for estimating the atmospheric residence time is through measurements of the activities of the daughter radionuclides (210)Bi and (210)Po, and in particular the (210)Bi/(210)Pb and (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios. Calculations used in early empirical studies assumed that these were governed by a simple series of equilibrium equations. This approach does however have two failings; it takes no account of the effect of global circulation on spatial variations in the activity ratios, and no allowance is made for the impact of transport processes across the tropopause. This paper presents a simple model for calculating the distributions of (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po at northern mid-latitudes (30°-65°N), a region containing almost all the available empirical data. By comparing modelled (210)Bi/(210)Pb activity ratios with empirical data a best estimate for the tropospheric residence time of around 10 days is obtained. This is significantly longer than earlier estimates of between 4 and 7 days. The process whereby (210)Pb is transported into the stratosphere when tropospheric concentrations are high and returned from it when they are low, significantly increases the effective residence time in the atmosphere as a whole. The effect of this is to significantly enhance the long range transport of (210)Pb from its source locations. The impact is illustrated by calculations showing the distribution of (210)Pb fallout versus longitude at northern mid-latitudes. PMID:27132252

  10. Natural radionuclides 210Po and 210Pb in the Delaware and Chesapeake Estuaries: modeling scavenging rates and residence times

    During the spring and summer months of 2012, 210Po and 210Pb activity were measured in the dissolved and particulate phases from the Delaware and upper Chesapeake estuaries. The upper Delaware estuary, near the freshwater end member, was characterized by high-suspended matter concentrations that scavenged dissolved 210Po and 210Pb. Box models were applied using mass balance calculations to assess the nuclides residence times in each estuary. Only 60% of the dissolved 210Po and 55% of the dissolved 210Pb from the Delaware estuary were exported to coastal waters. A large fraction of soluble 210Po and 210Pb within the estuary was either reversibly adsorbed onto suspended particles, trapped in sediment accumulation zones (such as intertidal marshes), bioaccumulated into phytoplankton and discharged to the coastal ocean. The upper Chesapeake estuary was largely characterized by sub-oxic bottom waters that contained higher concentrations of dissolved 210Po and 210Pb, hypothesized to be subjected to redox cycling of manganese. The Delaware and Chesapeake estuary mean residence times for 210Po differed significantly at 86 ± 7 and 126 ± 10 days respectively, while they were similar for 210Pb (67 ± 6–55 ± 5 days). The difference in residence times corresponds to the greater extent of biogeochemical scavenging and regeneration processes within the upper Chesapeake. - Highlights: • Estuarine 210Pb and 210Po data reveal key biogeochemical processes and rates. • Delaware Bay displays regional differentiation due to dominant particle reactions. •Chesapeake Bay displays vertical differentiation from deep sub-oxic redox cycling. • Parent (210Pb) grand-daughter (210Po) disequilibria evidence principle processes. • Net scavenging residence times calculated weeks (Delaware) to months (Chesapeake)

  11. Dating of sediments from four Swiss prealpine lakes with 210Pb determined by gamma-spectrometry: progress and problems

    In this paper the most important problems in dating lake sediments with unsupported 210Pb are summarized and the progress in gamma-spectrometry of the unsupported 210Pb is discussed. The main topics of these studies concern sediment samples preparation for gamma-spectrometry, measurement techniques and data analysis, as well as understanding of accumulation and sedimentation processes in lakes. The vertical distributions of artificial (137Cs, 241Am, 239Pu) and natural radionuclides (40K, 210,214Pb, 214Bi) as well as stable trace elements (Fe, Mn, Pb) in sediment cores from four Swiss lakes were used as examples for the interpretation, inter-comparison and validation of depth–age relations established by three 210Pb-based models (CF-CSR, CRS and SIT). The identification of turbidite layers and the influence of the turbidity flows on the accuracy of sediment dating is demonstrated. Time-dependent mass sedimentation rates in lakes Brienz, Thun, Biel and Lucerne are discussed and compared with published data. - Highlights: • State-of-the-art aspects of gamma-spectrometry of unsupported 210Pb are summarized. • Reduction of 222Rn loss by sealing sediment samples was experimentally quantified. • 210Pb models (CF-CSR, CRS, SIT) are applied on long sediment cores from 4 lakes. • Results for profiles, depth–age relations and sedimentation rates are compared. • 210Pb dating is supported by independent time-markers (7Be, 137Cs, 241Am, 239Pu)

  12. Deposition of [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am in the Antarctic peninsula area

    Roos, P.; Holm, E.; Persson, R.B.R. (Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics); Aarkrog, A.; Nielsen, S.P. (Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark))

    1994-01-01

    [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am were analysed in lichen, moss, grass and soil samples, as well as in lake sediments, from the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic, in order to evaluate the flux and deposition of these elements. Average inventories of the analysed radionuclides in 1988 are given. The ratios [sup 238]Pu/[sup 239+240]Pu and [sup 241]Am/[sup 239+240]Pu of 0.21 [+-] 0.04 and 0.35 [+-] 0.08 respectively agree well with expected values in this area. A significant difference in [sup 137]Cs/[sup 239+240]Pu ratios between lichens and moss/grass/soil is observed which may be an effect of submerging and melt water altering radionuclide ratios. From one of three lakes studied it is possible to perform [sup 210]Pb dating with reasonable accuracy showing an average annual sediment accumulation in this lake of about 45 g m[sup -2]. (author).

  13. Bioavailability pf radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb present in Brazilian phosphogypsum and phosphate fertilizers

    Phosphogypsum (PG) is a by-product of phosphate fertilizers industries. The USEPA classified PG as a - Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM). Its worldwide production on 2006 was estimated in 150 million tons. Annually the three main phosphate industries in Brazil are responsible for 5.5x106 tons of phosphogypsum, which is stored in stacks. The level of radionuclides present in phosphogypsum is well-known and makes its disposal or reutilization an environmental concern. Part of this byproduct can be reused, for example, to improve fertility of agricultural soils. To assess the long term environmental impact of radioactive contamination of ecosystems, information on source term including radionuclide speciation, mobility and biological uptakes have high importance. This paper intends to evaluate the bioavailability of the radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb to the environment by following a procedure established by the EC (European Community), which includes a single EDTA-NH4 0.05M extraction at pH 7.0 prior to the analyses. These results is compared with the total activity concentration of these radionuclides in Brazilian PG and the most used phosphate fertilizers (SSP, TSP, MAP and DAP). This procedure intends to represent on a more realistic way the leaching of radionuclides from PG and fertilizers to soil and agricultural products. (author)

  14. Bioavailability pf radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb present in Brazilian phosphogypsum and phosphate fertilizers

    Russo, Ana Carolina; Saueia, Catia H.R.; Mazzilli, Barbara P., E-mail: chsaueia@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares(IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Phosphogypsum (PG) is a by-product of phosphate fertilizers industries. The USEPA classified PG as a - Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM). Its worldwide production on 2006 was estimated in 150 million tons. Annually the three main phosphate industries in Brazil are responsible for 5.5x106 tons of phosphogypsum, which is stored in stacks. The level of radionuclides present in phosphogypsum is well-known and makes its disposal or reutilization an environmental concern. Part of this byproduct can be reused, for example, to improve fertility of agricultural soils. To assess the long term environmental impact of radioactive contamination of ecosystems, information on source term including radionuclide speciation, mobility and biological uptakes have high importance. This paper intends to evaluate the bioavailability of the radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb to the environment by following a procedure established by the EC (European Community), which includes a single EDTA-NH{sub 4} 0.05M extraction at pH 7.0 prior to the analyses. These results is compared with the total activity concentration of these radionuclides in Brazilian PG and the most used phosphate fertilizers (SSP, TSP, MAP and DAP). This procedure intends to represent on a more realistic way the leaching of radionuclides from PG and fertilizers to soil and agricultural products. (author)

  15. Analytical Performance of 14 Laboratories Taking Part in Proficiency Test for the Determination of Caesium-137 and Total Lead-210 in Spiked Soil Samples

    One of the most widespread threats to agricultural development is soil erosion. Soil erosion further impoverishes low-income farm households by reducing soil quality and consequently agricultural yields. It also affects productivity in irrigated farming systems by contributing suspended sediment to waterways and reducing storage capacity of reservoirs. The costs of these effects are substantial in many developing and developed countries. To combat soil erosion there is an urgent need for reliable quantitative data on the extent and rates of soil erosion and sedimentation. Fallout radiouclides (FRN) 210Pb and 137Cs are widely used for soil erosion and sedimentation studies. FRN measurements for soil redistribution involve gamma analysis on soil samples. It is therefore important that the analytical data are correct to ensure that the conclusions of such studies are based on reliable and validated analytical results and to ensure the comparability of the results of different countries. Through a collaboration between the Chemistry Unit and the Soil Science Unit of the IAEA's laboratories IAEA organized an intercomparison exercise in order to assess the validity and reliability of the analytical measurements of 137Cs and total 210Pb carried out by the different laboratories participating in the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project D1.50.08 'Assessing the effectiveness of soil conservation measures for sustainable watershed management using fallout radionuclides' lead by the Soil Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. In this proficiency test 90 samples (Proficiency Test (PT) materials) were distributed to the participating laboratories. The laboratories were requested to analyse the samples employing the same methods used in their daily routine gamma measurements. In total 14 out of 18 initially registered laboratories reported their results. The analytical results of the laboratories

  16. Distribution of 210Pb and 210Po concentrations in wild berries and mushrooms in boreal forest ecosystems

    The activity concentrations and distribution of 210Pb and 210Po in wild berries and edible mushrooms were investigated in Finnish forests. The main study areas were located in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests in southern and northern Finland. The activity concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po in blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) samples decreased in the order: stems > leaves > berries (i.e. fruits). The activity ratios of 210Po/210Pb in the wild berry samples were mainly higher than one, indicating elevated activity concentrations of polonium in the samples. In mushrooms the activity concentrations of 210Pb and especially 210Po were higher than in fruits of the wild berries. The highest activity concentration of 210Pb was detected in Cortinarius armillatus L. (16.2 Bq kg-1 d.w.) and the lowest in Leccinum vulpinum L. (1.38 Bq kg-1 d.w.). The 210Po activity concentrations of the whole fruiting bodies ranged from 7.14 Bq kg-1 d.w. (Russula paludosa L.) to 1174 Bq kg-1 d.w. (L. vulpinum L.). In general, the highest activity concentrations of 210Po were recorded in boletes. The caps of mushrooms of the Boletaceae family showed higher activity concentrations of 210Po compared to the stipes. In most of the mushrooms analyzed, the activity concentrations of 210Po were higher than those of 210Pb. 210Po and 210Pb dominate the radiation doses received via ingestion of wild berries and mushrooms in northern Finland, while in southern Finland the ingested dose is dominated by 137Cs from the Chernobyl fallout.

  17. Cycling of 7Be and 210Pb in a high DOC, shallow, turbid estuary of south-east Texas

    The Sabine-Neches estuary is a shallow, turbid estuary in south-east Texas with high concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The sediment inventory of 210Pb and 239,240Pu indicates that only a fraction of the particle-associated nuclides that reach the estuary were retained in the sediment. To better understand the cause for this low-sediment inventory of particle-reactive nuclides, 7Be and 210Pb concentrations have been measured in the dissolved and particulate phases, in addition to the DOC and suspended particle concentrations. The ratios of dissolved to particulate concentrations of 7Be and 210Pb were generally higher than in most other coastal waters. The dissolved residence times of 7Be and 210Pb (accounting for riverine input) varied between 0.6 and 9.6 days and 1.7 and 9.8 days, respectively. Distribution coefficients (Kd) ranged between 1500 and 87 100 cm3 g-1 for 7Be and 2600 and 37 000 cm3 g-1 for 210Pb. These Kds are lower than those reported for most coastal waters. There was no significant correlation between suspended particle concentration and Kd of either 7Be and 210Pb; this has been observed for many other particle-reactive nuclides, suggesting that particle is not the primary controlling variable for the removal of particle-reactive nuclides in these high DOC waters. The average particle residence time in this estuary is ∼ 2 days. The relatively low Kd values, longer dissolved residence times of 7Be and 210Pb, longer particle residence times and shorter hydraulic residence times compared to other coastal areas, result in only a partial removal of particle-reactive radionuclides in this estuary. (author)

  18. Migration of 226 Ra, 228 Ra, 210 Pb, U and Th from phosphogypsum

    The physico-chemical availability of radioactive elements (210 Pb, 226 Ra, 228 Ra, Th and U) in Brazilian phosphogypsum was investigated in a large scale leaching experiment carried out in lysimeters, using phosphogypsum samples (approximately 1.2 tons) from two phosphoric acid industries. Lysimeters were built using cylindrical concrete containers with 0.9 m inner diameter and 2 m depth. The bottom of the lysimeter was filled with a 10 cm layer of gravel covered with geomembrane sheet. Under this layer a pipe was designed to drain the percolated water. Three lysimeters were filled with phosphogypsum from each industry and a mixture of both. As percolated water comes exclusively from the rain, sample was collected daily when available. Samples were then pooled weekly, carefully prepared and submitted to radiochemical analysis. Radiochemical characterization of phosphogypsum and percolated water was performed by radiochemical separation followed by gross alpha and beta counting (226 Ra, 228 Ra and 210 Pb) and UV-Vis spectrophotometry with Arsenazo III (U and Th). This experiment was carried out from 12/01/1999 to 01/22/2001, with a precipitation of 2,732 mm. It was observed that approximately 40% (534 L) of the rain fall percolated through the lysimeter 1. The analysis of 22 samples of percolated water from lysimeter 1 showed mean radionuclides activities of 70±30 mBqL-1, 70±50 mBqL-1, 100±60 mBqL-1 and 110±55 mBqL-1 for U, 226 Ra, 228 Ra and 210 Pb, respectively. Thorium activities were below detection limit. (author)

  19. Radiochemical determination of 210 Pb and 226Ra in petroleum sludges and scales

    The oil extraction and production, both onshore and offshore, can generate different types of residues, such as sludge, that is deposited in the water/oil separators, valves and storage tanks and scales, which form i the inner surface of ducts and equipment. Analyses already carried out through gamma spectrometry indicated the existence of high radioisotope concentration. However, radionuclides emitting low-energy gamma-rays, such as 210 Pb, are hardly detected by that technique. Consequently, there is a need to test alternative techniques to determine this and other radionuclides from the 238 U series. This work, therefore, focuses on the radiochemical determination of the concentration of 210Pb, and 226 Ra in samples of sludge and scale from the oil processing stations of the UN-SEAL, a PETROBRAS unit responsible for the exploration and production of petroleum in Sergipe and Alagoas. The sludge and scale samples went through a preliminary process of extraction of oil, in order to separate the solid phase, where the largest fraction of the radioactivity is concentrated. After oil removal, the samples were digested using alkaline fusion as an option for dissolution. Finally, their activity concentration was determined for the samples of sludge and scales, using and alternative radiochemical method, which is based on ionic exchange. The activity concentration found for 210Pb varied from 1,14 to 507,3 kBq kg-1. The values for 226Ra were higher, varying from 4,36 to 3.445 kBq kg-1. The results for 226Ra were then compared with the ones found for the same samples of sludge and scales using gamma spectrometry. The results of the comparison confirm the efficiency of the methodology used int hi work, that is, radiochemical determination by means of ionic exchange. (author)

  20. Accumulation of 210Pb activity on particulate matter in LPG rail cars

    In Canada, liquefied natural gas is transported over large distances by rail cars with capacities of approx. 105. At least every 10 y, the gas vessels of these cars are tested hydrostatically. During this operation, about 10 L of fine ferric dust is found to have accumulated inside the vessels. The dust has been found to consist of flakes of about 200μ in size which has accumulated 210Pb and daughter activities. The specific activities have been measured for a composite sample by beta and alpha spectrometry and have been found to be similar to activities previously reported for the interior surfaces of valves and separators in natural gas processing plants. (author)

  1. Data base structure and Management for Automatic Calculation of 210Pb Dating Methods Applying Different Models

    The introduction of macros in try calculation sheets allows the automatic application of various dating models using unsupported ''210 Pb data from a data base. The calculation books the contain the models have been modified to permit the implementation of these macros. The Marine and Aquatic Radioecology group of CIEMAT (MARG) will be involved in new European Projects, thus new models have been developed. This report contains a detailed description of: a) the new implement macros b) the design of a dating Menu in the calculation sheet and c) organization and structure of the data base. (Author) 4 refs

  2. The use of 210Pb and 137Cs in environmental studies

    The use of natural radioactivity in environmental studies has proven a very powerful tool to determine the dynamics of both natural and antrophogenic processes in our environment. The use of 14C in archaeology and past climate studies has led to many scientific discoveries (the shroud of Turin and Utze the ice-man from Austria are two examples). The use of the 238U-decay series is of at least equal value to studies in archaeology and of past climates. Some of the Isotopes studied supplement 14C (which is limited to 40,000 years) data and allow dating of samples formed up to 500,000 years ago (see McCullough, this book of abstracts, pages 19-23), others can be utilised to date very young sediments, which can't be dated by 14C.The so-called 210Pb dating method has been used over the past 3 decades to date recent sediment. The method uses the disequilibrium in the 238U decay chain, caused by the escape of the intermediate daughter 222Rn, a noble gas, from the earth's crust. In the atmosphere the 222Rn decays via short-lived daughter isotopes to 210Pb. This 210Pb with a very convenient half-life of 22,3 years decays to stable 206Pb. By measuring the surface activity of a sediment core and subsequent samples at regular intervals, a chronology for the sediment core can be established (relative to the surface). In addition to 210Pb dating one could analyse the samples for l37Cs to establish an independent chronology based on a pulse of radioactive Caesium. The pulse of 137Cs originates from the atmospheric atomic-bomb test of the early sixties. The maximum of Caesium activity found in a core should correspond to the height of the tests (approximately 1963 in the Northern hemisphere). A combination of the two dating methods often leads to more reliable results in the chronology. Another use of 137Cs is to test if the sediment has been subject to bio-turbation or other mixing. In the case of disturbance the proper pulse of Caesium would be smeared out and would not look

  3. The behavior of 210Pb and 7Be in the atmosphere in Nagasaki

    Nagasaki is located in the western end of Japan, and first receives aerosol factors in Japan from the Eurasian Continent such as Asian dusts and directly almost with no mixing of the domestic factors. Since this geographically situation of Nagasaki area, we have measured the aerosol size and the concentration of 210Pb and 7Be adhering to aerosol. Seasonal variation of these data was analyzed combined with some weather data, the rainfall and the wind direction. We present and discuss some result from the analysis. (author)

  4. Sediment resuspension on the middle continental shelf adjacent to Sydney, Australia - evidence using 210Pb

    Full text: A regional survey of surficial sediments on the central NSW continental margin has established anthropogenic contributions of trace metals from the urban centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The anthropogenic contributions are discernible in the sediment fine fraction (210Pb and trace metals to determine long-term sedimentation rates and zones of sediment mixing due to resuspension. Muddy middle shelf sediments display a shallow surficial mixing zone, increasing in depth in sandy sediment. Sandy middle shelf sediments have therefore a greater resuspension potential during frequent storm events and are unlikely to act as long-term contaminant sinks

  5. 210Pb geochronology of stream sediments from the Guama river and Guajara bay, Belem - Amazon Region

    This study was able to date three sediment profiles collected at the mouth of the Amazon river using the 210Pb geochronology method. All sediment profiles were sliced into layers of 5 cm and each layer was analyzed for radionuclides by Gamma Spectrometry. The results obtained dated the sediments as far back as 65 years. In addition, the sedimentation rate was also determined. A subsequent interpretation of the results can provide information on pollutants present in the sediment layers and infer possible contamination patterns by operating industries and anthropogenic activities in the area of the Amazon Hydrographic Basin. (author)

  6. Sedimentary environment inferred from sedimentation rates by 210Pb and 137Cs and their inventories in Mutsu Bay, Japan

    Fourteen sediment cores were collected from Mutsu Bay, Aomori in Japan, and excess 210Pb and 137Cs were measured γ-spectrometrically. The spatial distributions of sedimentation rates by 210Pbex and 137Cs and their inventories were studied in order to clarify whole pictures about the sedimentary environment of Mutsu Bay. Excessively post-depositional mixing (up to a depth of 10-15 cm) of surface sediments by bioturbation was observed on the 210Pbex depth profiles in cores from the offshore areas. The sedimentation rates calculated varied in the wide range from 0.04 to 0.2 g/cm2/y. The sedimentation rates using 137Cs method could not be applied. Apart from the 210Pbex inventories from the nearshore area, the responding inventories (17-30 kBq/m2) from the offshore area were higher than the reported value of ca.15 kBq/m2 in the surrounding soils, indicating that the sediment focusing due to the inner current etc., to the deeper area from the surrounding nearshore area, affects the sediment accumulation in the offshore area. (author)

  7. Dynamics of bacterial communities in two unpolluted soils after spiking with phenanthrene: soil type specific and common responders

    Guo-Chun eDing

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Considering their key role for ecosystem processes, it is important to understand the response of microbial communities in unpolluted soils to pollution with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH. Phenanthrene, a model compound for PAH, was spiked to a Cambisol and a Luvisol soil. Total community DNA from phenanthrene-spiked and control soils collected on days 0, 21 and 63 were analyzed based on PCR-amplified 16S rRNA genefragments. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE fingerprints of bacterial communities increasingly deviated with time between spiked and control soils. In taxon specific DGGE, significant responses of Alphaproteobacteria and Actinobacteria became only detectable after 63 days, while significant effects on Betaproteobacteria were detectable in both soils after 21 days. Comparison of the taxonomic distribution of bacteria in spiked and control soils on day 63 as revealed by pyrosequencing indicated soil type specific negative effects of phenanthrene on several taxa, many of them belonging to the Gamma-, Beta- or Deltaproteobacteria. Bacterial richness and evenness decreased in spiked soils. Despite the significant differences in the bacterial community structure between both soils on day 0, similar genera increased in relative abundance after PAH spiking, especially Sphingomonas and Polaromonas. However, this did not result in an increased overall similarity of the bacterial communities in both soils.

  8. Dynamics of bacterial communities in two unpolluted soils after spiking with phenanthrene: soil type specific and common responders

    Guo-ChunDing

    2012-01-01

    Considering their key role for ecosystem processes, it is important to understand the response of microbial communities in unpolluted soils to pollution with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Phenanthrene, a model compound for PAH, was spiked to a Cambisol and a Luvisol soil. Total community DNA from phenanthrene-spiked and control soils collected on days 0, 21 and 63 were analyzed based on PCR-amplified 16S rRNA genefragments. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) fingerprints...

  9. Dynamics of Bacterial Communities in Two Unpolluted Soils after Spiking with Phenanthrene: Soil Type Specific and Common Responders

    Ding, Guo-Chun; Heuer, Holger; Smalla, Kornelia

    2012-01-01

    Considering their key role for ecosystem processes, it is important to understand the response of microbial communities in unpolluted soils to pollution with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Phenanthrene, a model compound for PAH, was spiked to a Cambisol and a Luvisol soil. Total community DNA from phenanthrene-spiked and control soils collected on days 0, 21, and 63 were analyzed based on PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene fragments. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) fingerprin...

  10. Air mass origins by back trajectory analysis for evaluating atmospheric 210Pb concentrations at Rokkasho, Aomori, Japan

    Atmospheric concentrations of 210Pb change with various factors such as meso-scale meteorological conditions. We have already reported the biweekly atmospheric 210Pb concentrations in Rokkasho, Japan for 5 years and found that they had clear seasonal variations: low concentrations in summer and high values in winter to spring. To study the reasons for the seasonal variations, the origins of the air mass flowing to Rokkasho were analyzed by 3-D backward air mass trajectory analysis. Routes of the calculated trajectories were classified into four regions: northeastern and southeastern Asian Continent, sea and other regions. The atmospheric 210Pb concentrations were well correlated with the frequency of the routes through the northeastern Asian Continent. A non-linear multiple regression analysis of the 210Pb concentrations and the relative frequencies of the four routes showed good fitting of the predicted values to the observed ones, and indicated that the atmospheric 210Pb concentrations in Rokkasho depended on the frequency of the air mass from the northeastern Asian Continent. (author)

  11. Hair and feathers as indicator of internal contamination of 210Po and 210Pb

    Holm, E. (ed.); Gwynn, J.; Zaborska, A.; Gaefvert, T. (Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norway)); Roos, P. (Technical Univ. of Denmark, Risoe National Lab. for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde (Denmark)); Henricsson, F. (Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden))

    2010-03-15

    The activities of the NKS-B HAIRPOL project is summarised in this report. The objective was to investigate if hair and feathers were suitable matrices for the estimation of the intake of 210Po. Human hair from people of different sex and age was analysed for 210Po showing concentrations between 0.4 to 11 Bq/kg dry weight. Samples from horses, mane, fur and tail showed concentration from 6 to 17 Bq/kg with no significant difference between the different sample types. Musk ox from Greenland showed much higher concentrations since the animal has to graze a large surface. In fur the concentration was 260 Bq/kg. A considerable fraction of the total 210Po in this animal is contained in the hair. Also different organs were analysed and the highest concentration was found in kidney, 2 700 Bq/kg. The 210Pb concentration in hair was estimated to about 20 Bq/kg. Three different seabirds from Svalbard were analysed. Feathers from all three seabird species show increasing activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb from the base to the tip of the feather, but it was difficult to relate feather concentrations to muscle concentrations due to a number of complicating factors. (author)

  12. Allometric relationships of 210Po and 210Pb in mussels and their application to environmental monitoring

    Mussels from the Portuguese coast collected during several seasons of the year have shown 210Po and 210Pb body burdens (Bq mussel-1) that increased with mussels' body size but displayed significant decrease in radionuclide concentrations (Bq kg-1). For example, the increase of mussel size from 2.5 cm to 5.0 cm maximum shell length corresponded in average to a 50% decrease of 210Po activity concentration in soft tissues from 1065 Bq kg-1 (dw) to 540 Bq kg-1 (dw). A similar reduction in concentration was observed for 210Pb. The physiological condition of mussels, relating to fat and glycogen storage, had an effect on radionuclide concentrations, although the total body burden of radionuclide in mussels remained nearly constant throughout the year. These factors may play an important role in data interpretation for environmental monitoring programmes. Besides the mussel size and condition index, due to the inter-individual variation even inside narrow mussel size classes, the sample size, i.e., the number of specimens in one mussel sample is another key factor to be considered when obtaining environmentally representative radionuclide concentrations.

  13. 210Po and 210Pb concentration in drinking water of Bangalore and its surroundings

    Drinking water samples collected from different locations of Bangalore and its surrounding area were analysed for the activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb by employing radiochemical analysis. The measure concentration of 210Po varies from 0.46 to 36.46 mBq L-1 with a mean of 6.17 mBq L-1 and that of 210Pb ranges from 1.19 to 56.95 mBq L-1 with a mean of 13.98 mBq L-1. The activity concentrations of these radionuclides were found to be low at the place Kambasandra and high at Kalkere. The range and the mean value obtained in the present study are well within the guidance value of 100 mBq L-1 as prescribed by World Health Organization. From the measured concentrations of these radionuclides, the annual effective dose was calculated for different age groups: for babies (age below 1 y), children (age from 2 to 7 y) and adults (age from 17 y and above) using IAEA dose conversion factors and the prescribed water consumption rates. The total dose received is very much less than the ICRP recommended value of 1000 μ Sv y-1 for all age groups. (author)

  14. 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)

  15. Sedimentation rate estimates in Sorsogon Bay, Philippines using 210Pb method

    Sorsogon Bay has experienced a long history of recurring harmful algal blooms over the past few years. In an attempt to establish a chronology of events in the sediment layer, lead-210 (210Pb) dating method has been utilized in estimating sedimentation rates from three selected areas along the bay. Based on the unsupported 210Pb data and by applying the Constant Initial Concentration (CIC) model, the calculated sedimentation rates were 0.8, 1.3 and 1.8 cm yr1 for sediment cores collected near the coastal areas of Castilla (SO-01), Sorsogon City (SO-07) and Cadacan River (SO-03), respectively. High sedimentation rates were measured in sediment cores believed to be affected from frequent volcanic ash releases and from areas near human settlement combined with intensive farming and agricultural activities. The collected sediments exhibited non-uniform down core values of dry bulk density and moisture content. This variation in measurements may indicate the general quality and composition of the sediment samples, i.e., amount of organic matter and grain size. The calculated sedimentation rates obtained provided an overview of the sedimentation processes and reflect the land use pattern around the bay which may help in understanding the history and distribution of materials and nutrient input relative to the occurrence of harmful algal bloom in the sediment columns. (author)

  16. Cascade ultrafiltering of 210Pb and 210Po in freshwater using a tangential flow filtering system

    A rapid method was developed using ultrafilters with a tangential flow filtering system for molecular size separation of naturally occurring 210Pb and 210Po in a freshwater sample. Generally, ultrafiltering of a large volume water sample for measuring the nuclides was too time consuming and not practical. The tangential flow filtering system made the filtering time short enough to adapt for in-situ ultrafiltering the large volume sample. In this method, a 20 liter water sample was at first passed through the 0.45 μm pore size membrane filter immediately after sample collection to obtain suspended particle matter [>0.45 μm particulate fraction (PRT)]. Two ultrafilters (Millipore Pellicon 2R) were used sequentially. The nuclides in the filtrate were separated into three fractions: high molecular mass (100 kDa-0.45μm; HMM), low molecular mass (10 k-100 kDa; LMM) and ionic (210Pb and 210Po in an oligotrophic lake, Lake Towada located in the northern area of Japan. (author)

  17. Hair and feathers as indicator of internal contamination of 210Po and 210Pb

    The activities of the NKS-B HAIRPOL project is summarised in this report. The objective was to investigate if hair and feathers were suitable matrices for the estimation of the intake of 210Po. Human hair from people of different sex and age was analysed for 210Po showing concentrations between 0.4 to 11 Bq/kg dry weight. Samples from horses, mane, fur and tail showed concentration from 6 to 17 Bq/kg with no significant difference between the different sample types. Musk ox from Greenland showed much higher concentrations since the animal has to graze a large surface. In fur the concentration was 260 Bq/kg. A considerable fraction of the total 210Po in this animal is contained in the hair. Also different organs were analysed and the highest concentration was found in kidney, 2 700 Bq/kg. The 210Pb concentration in hair was estimated to about 20 Bq/kg. Three different seabirds from Svalbard were analysed. Feathers from all three seabird species show increasing activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb from the base to the tip of the feather, but it was difficult to relate feather concentrations to muscle concentrations due to a number of complicating factors. (author)

  18. Effect of heavy metals on pH buffering capacity and solubility of Ca, Mg, K, and P in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soils.

    Najafi, Sarvenaz; Jalali, Mohsen

    2016-06-01

    In many parts of the world, soil acidification and heavy metal contamination has become a serious concern due to the adverse effects on chemical properties of soil and crop yield. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of pH (in the range of 1 to 3 units above and below the native pH of soils) on calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), and phosphorus (P) solubility in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soil samples. Spiked samples were prepared by cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn) as chloride salts and incubating soils for 40 days. The pH buffering capacity (pHBC) of each sample was determined by plotting the amount of H(+) or OH(-) added (mmol kg(-1)) versus the related pH value. The pHBC of soils ranged from 47.1 to 1302.5 mmol kg(-1) for non-spiked samples and from 45.0 to 1187.4 mmol kg(-1) for spiked soil samples. The pHBC values were higher in soil 2 (non-spiked and spiked) which had higher calcium carbonate content. The results indicated the presence of heavy metals in soils generally decreased the solution pH and pHBC values in spiked samples. In general, solubility of Ca, Mg, and K decreased with increasing equilibrium pH of non-spiked and spiked soil samples. In the case of P, increasing the pH to about 7, decreased the solubility in all soils but further increase of pH from 7, enhanced P solubility. The solubility trends and values for Ca, Mg, and K did not differed significantly in non-spiked and spiked samples. But in the case of P, a reduction in solubility was observed in heavy metal-spiked soils. The information obtained in this study can be useful to make better estimation of the effects of soil pollutants on anion and cation solubility from agricultural and environmental viewpoints. PMID:27168329

  19. Fractionation of Uranium Forms as Affected by Spiked Soil Treatment and Soil Type

    In a fractionation experiment Uranium forms were compared in two soil types (Mostorud and Elgabalelasfar soil). Also, the variation of U forms due to soil treatment (spiking) were studied. In case of Mostorud soil the initial U - fractions were 45.63 % as residual form, 20.69 % organically bound 16.36 % Mn and Fe oxides bound, 9.76% Carbonate form, 7.41 % exchangeable fractions and 0.15% water soluble fractions. These fractions varied significantly when the soil was spiked with 200 mg U/Kg soil to 46.88 %, 23.19 %, 9.97 %, 16.07 %, 3.79% and 0.10% for residual, organically, Mn- Fe oxide, carbonate, exchangeable and water soluble fractions respectively. These result showed significant reduction in U-ex fraction forms and Mn- Fe bound forms with significant increase in U- carbonate form due to U application. In case of Elgabalelasfar soil, the main U - fractions were 57.42% as residual form (relatively higher residual - U form in the clayey soil) 16.10 % organically bound, 13.78% Mn and Fe oxides bound, 7.22 % Carbonate form, 5.23 % exchangeable fractions and 0.25 % water soluble fractions The application of 200 mg U/Kg soil resulted in a significant changes in U - Fractions distribution as follows : 59.26 % , 11.27 % , 19.59 % , 6.84 % , 2.90 % and 0.14 % for residual , organic , Mn- Fe oxides , carbonate, exchangeable and water soluble fractions , respectively.

  20. The atmospheric depositional fluxes of 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po to Xiamen and Qingdao, China

    7Be (half life t1/2 = 54.3 d) is produced by the spallation of atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen with cosmic rays. 210Pb (t1/2= 22.3 a) in air is produced by decay from 222Rn (t1/2= 3.8d) which emanates into the atmosphere from the earth's surface. 210Po (t1/2= 138 days) in air is produced from the decay of 210Pb through 210Bi (t1/2=5.0 days). 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po is easily absorbed to aerosols and removed to land and ocean through precipitation and dry fallout. The atmospheric depositional fluxes of 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po to Xiamen and Qingdao were measured in this paper. The samples were collected with plastic vessels fixed on the top of the Oceanography Building of Xiamen University and the Environmental Engineering Building of Oceanography University of China in Qingdao of China. The sampling period is one month normally. The 7Be and 210Pb were measured using HPGe-γ spectrometer after concentration by Fe(OH)3 co-precipitation method, but the 210Po was counted with α spectrometer after the sample is digested and electroplated onto a silver planchet. From March to October 2004 at Xiamen, the depositional fluxes of 7Be varied from 0.58 to 2.78 Bq m-2 d-1 and the average is 1.99 Bq m-2 d-1, 210Pb varied from 0.24 to 0.86 Bq m-2 d-1, and the average is 0.60 Bq m-2 d-1; 210Po varied from 0.02 to 0.13 Bq m-2 d-1 and the average is 0.06 Bq m-2 d-1. The 7Be/210Pb activity ratio is between 0.67 and 5.53 and the average is 3.48. The flux of 7Be is lower in April, June and October; the flux of 210Pb in June is lower than other periods. The 7Be/210Pb activity ratio is -the highest in may while it is the lowest in April. From May to November 2004 at Qingdao, the depositional fluxes of 7Be varied between 1.54 and 2.60 Bq m-2 d-1 with the average 2.08 Bq m-2 d-1; 210Pb varied between 0.33 and 0.73 Bq m-2 d-1 with the average 0.55 Bq m-2 d-1; 210Po varied between 0.03 and 0.19 Bq m-2 d-1 with the average 0.08 Bq m-2 d-1. The 7Be/210Pb activity ratio is between 2.81 and 6.62 and

  1. Transfer of 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 210Po in aquatic organisms and food chain

    Objective: To find out the transfer regularities of 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 210Po, which are natural radionuclides in the aquatic organisms and food chain. Methods: Large amount of breed of representative aquatic products and their living waters and sediments were collected and treated according to routine experimental procedures. The contents of 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 210Po were detected in each sample. Measured data were analyzed statistically and pairwise comparisons were made to determine the differences between groups. Results: 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb were mainly deposited in the bones (or shells), their concentration factors (CF) ranged from 102 to 103; the CF ranged only from 100 to 102 in the flesh. 210Po was mainly deposited in the soft tissues, CF ranged from 102 to 104; especially in the stomachs and intestines of fishes, the value reached 104. The cooking process did not impinge significantly on the transfer of 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in the food chain (P>0.05), but did significantly influence the transfer of 210Po, especially in the freshwater fishes and shrimps. Paired comparison test of the activities between raw flesh and cooked flesh showed very significant difference (P226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 210Po. Even though the bones (or shells) of aquatic organisms contained relatively higher levels of 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb, the cooking process does not significantly increase the radioactive contents in the foodstuffs. However, the cooking process does significantly influence the transfer of 210Po. It does significantly increase the content of 210Po in foodstuffs

  2. 210Pb balance and implications for particle transport on the continental shelf, U.S. Middle Atlantic Bight

    Bacon, M.P.; Belastock, Rebecca A.; Bothner, Michael H.

    1994-01-01

    Supply of 210Pb to the continental shelf off the northeastern United States is dominated by the deposition from the atmosphere, the rate of which is reliably known from previously published work. Excess 210Pb inventories in the shelf sediments show accumulations that are nearly in balance with the supply, even in areas of relict sands where it is believed that no net accumulation of sediment presently occurs. The 210Pb distributions in shelf and slope water indicate that the two-way fluid exchange at the shelf-slope front and the net transport in the alongshore flow make comparatively small contributions to the shelf 210Pb budget. The near balance between supply and decay of 210Pb on the shelf implies a limit to the particle export flux. It is concluded that the export of particulate organic carbon does not exceed 60 g m−2 y−1 (∼25% of primary production) and is probably lower. The hypothesis is advanced that fine particulate matter introduced to the continental shelf is detained in its transit of the shelf because of bioturbational trapping in the sediment due to benthic animals. Distributions of 210Pb in suspended particulate matter and in the fine fraction of shelf sediments suggest that the average fine particle must undergo several cycles of deposition-bioturbation-resuspension-redeposition and requires a number of decades for its transit and ultimate export from the shelf. Thus, only the most refractory organic matter is likely to be exported.

  3. Distribution and biokinetic analysis of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in poultry due to ingestion of dicalcium phosphate

    Casacuberta, N., E-mail: Nuria.Casacuberta@uab.es [Departament de Fisica and Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Traversa, F.L. [Departament d' Electronica, Escola Tecnica Superior d' Enginyeria, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Masque, P.; Garcia-Orellana, J. [Departament de Fisica and Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Anguita, M.; Gasa, J. [Departament de Ciencia Animal i dels Aliments, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Garcia-Tenorio, R. [Universidad de Sevilla, Avda. Reina Mercedes s/n, 41012 Sevilla (Spain)

    2010-09-15

    Dicalcium phosphate (DCP) is used as a calcium supplement for food producing animals (i.e., cattle, poultry and pig). When DCP is produced via wet acid digestion of the phosphate rock and depending on the acid used in the industrial process, the final product can result in enhanced {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po specific activities ({approx} 2000 Bq.kg{sup -1}). Both {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po are of great interest because their contribution to the dose received by ingestion is potentially large. The aims of this work are to examine the accumulation of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in chicken tissues during the first 42 days of life and to build a suitable single-compartment biokinetic model to understand the behavior of both radionuclides within the entire animal using the experimental results. Three commercial corn-soybean-based diets containing different amounts and sources of DCP were fed to broilers during a period of 42 days. The results show that diets containing enhanced concentrations of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po lead to larger specific accumulation in broiler tissues compared to the blank diet. Radionuclides do not accumulate homogeneously within the animal body: {sup 210}Pb follows the calcium pathways to some extent and accumulates largely in bones, while {sup 210}Po accumulates to a large extent in liver and kidneys. However, the total amount of radionuclide accumulation in tissues is small compared to the amounts excreted in feces. The single-compartment non-linear biokinetic model proposed here for {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in the whole animal takes into account the size evolution and is self-consistent in that no fitting parameterization of intake and excretions rates is required.

  4. Geochronology of recent sediments from the Cariaco Trench (Venezuela) by Alpha Spectrometry of 210Pb (210Po)

    210Pb concentration in marine sediments of the Cariaco Trench (North-East of Venezuela) was measured through the analysis of 210Po alpha emissions, which can be assumed to be in secular equilibrium with 210Pb. The analysed sediment core has a length of 1.9 m. The results allowed to apply the CF:CS dating model (Constant Flux and Constant Supply). The sedimentation rate was estimated to be 0.25 cm/y. As far as we know this is the first α- dating carried out in the country, performed with an alpha spectrometer recently funded by the IAEA.

  5. Validation of an extraction chromatographic method with SrResin for determination of 210Pb in various matrices

    A radiochemical method for the determination of 210Pb in various types of samples was validated. An extraction chromatographic material Eichrom SrResin(R) was used for Pb separation. From the resin, Pb was eluted with 6 M HCl. The method was tested for water, inorganic and organic matrices. As a main result of the study, activity concentrations of 210Pb in 19 food samples of the main Czech food-basket items were determined. Results ranged from 0.03 ± 0.01 Bq kg-1 to 1.54 ± 0.40 Bq kg-1, fresh mass. (author)

  6. Separation of 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po by ion exchange and their Iiquid scintillation standardization

    We applied the CIEMAT/NIST method and alpha/beta discrimination to ''210Pb samples in equilibrium with its daughters, by preparing homogeneous and gel samples. The stability of samples was tested in different available cocktails, HiSafe''TM II, HiSafe''TM III, Ultima-Gold''TM, Ultima-Gold''TM XR, Ultima-Gold''TM AB, Insta-Gel''R and e Insta-Gel''R lI. Also we analyzed the disequilibrium of the radioactive chain 210Pb+210Bi+210Po, achieving an excellent agreement between the results of the spectrum unfolding method and the experimental values. (Author) 13 refs

  7. Separation of 210 Pb, 210 Bi and 210 Po by ion exchange and their liquid scintillation standardization

    We applied the CIEMAT/NIST method and alpha/beta discrimination to ''210 Pb samples in equilibrium with its daughters, by preparing homogeneous and gel samples. The stability of samples was tested in different available cocktails, HiSafe''tm II, HiSafe''tmIII, Ultima-Gold''tm, Ultima-Gold''tmXR, Ultima-Gold''tmAB, Insta-Gel and e Insta-Gel II. Also we analyzed the disequilibrium of the radioactive chain ''210Pb+''210Bi+''210Po, achieving and excellent agreement between the results of the spectrum unfolding method and the experimental values. (Author) 13 refs

  8. Distribution of 210Pb activity concentrations in marine surface sediments within East Coast Peninsula Malaysia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

    A sampling expedition into the East Coast Peninsula Malaysia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was carried in June 2008. Marine surface sediment samples were taken and the activity concentrations of 210Pb have been determined. Its distribution was plotted and the findings show that the activity concentrations decline from north to south. On the other hand, the activity concentrations are increasing from west to east right to the edge of the EEZ. The highest activity concentrations were found to be near offshore oil platforms. The 210Pb activity concentrations were found to be in the range of 18.3 - 123.1 Bq/ kg. (author)

  9. Transfer of 210Po, 210Pb and 238U from some medicinal plants to their essential oils

    Essential oils were extracted from 35 medicinal plants used by Syrians, organic compounds were determined in these oils and concentrations of 210Po 210Pb and 238U were determined in the original plants and in the essential oils. The results showed that the highest activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb were found in leaves with large surfaces and in Sage were as high as 73.5 Bq kg−1 and 73.2 Bq kg−1, respectively. The activity concentration of 238U was as high as 4.26 Bq kg−1 in Aloe. On the other hand, activity concentrations of 210Po ranged between 0.2 and 71.1 Bq kg−1 in extracted essential oils for Rosemary and False yellowhead, respectively. The activity concentration of 210Pb reached 63.7 Bq kg−1 in Aloe oil. The activity concentrations of 238U were very low in all extracted oils; the highest value was 0.31 Bq kg−1 in peel of Orange oil. The transfer of 210Po and 210Pb from plant to its oil was the highest for Eugenia; 7.1% and 5.5% for 210Po and 210Pb, respectively. A linear relationship was found between the transfer factor of radionuclides from plant to its essential oil and the chemical content of this oil. - Highlights: • Natural radionuclides 210Po, 210Pb and 238U were determined in 35 medicinal plants and their essential oils. • The highest activity concentration of 210Po and 210Pb were 73.5 Bq kg−1 and 73.2 Bq kg−1 in Sage, respectively. • The transfer of 210Po and 210Pb from Eugenia plant to its oil was the highest amongst other plants. • The data obtained in this study can be considered the first reported data for medicinal plants and their oils in Syria

  10. 210Pb and 210Po concentrations in the Venice lagoon ecosystem (Italy) and the potential radiological impact to the local public and environment

    In order to evaluate the possible radiological impact to the local public and environment from a phosphogypsum stockpile, 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in river water, lagoon water, suspended matter, superficial sediment, algae and bivalves samples collected in Venice lagoon area have been investigated. The results show that the mean 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in river water are 1.42 ± 0.36 mBq x l-1 and 1.46 ± 0.39 mBq x l-1 with a mean 210Po/210Pb ratio of 0.98 ± 0.17 and about 60% of them are associated with the particulate; 210Po and 210Pb contribution from the phosphogypsum stockpile to the river water is negligible. Higher 210Po (2.61-5.67 mBq x l-1) and 210Pb (1.31-3.62 mBq x l-1) concentrations in the lagoon waters have been observed if compared with the literature values. About 60% of 210Po and 210Pb are found in the soluble form with a mean 210Po/210Pb ratio of 1.79 ± 1.47. 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in 28 out 37 sediment samples ranged from 26 to 45 Bq x kg-1 (dry weight), only 9 sediments with 210Po and 210Pb concentrations greater than 45 Bq x kg-1 are found and most of them are located 1-4 km near the phosphogypsum stockpile. The elevated 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in the sediments may be due to the contamination from the phosphogypsum stockpile. The mean 210Po/210Pb ratio (0.986 ± 0.049) in the sediments shows that 210Po and 210Pb exist in nearly secular equilibrium. 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in algae vary with different species. The mean 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in Gracilaria compress and Ulva laetevirens which show a similar behavior, are 3.18 ± 1.23 Bq x kg-1 and 2.42 ± 1.26 Bq x kg-1 (fresh weight), respectively, with a mean 210Po/210Pb ratio of 1.45 ± 0.34. The mean concentration factors with respect to the filtered water are 1096 ± 424 for 210Po and 1299 ± 680 for 210Pb. The mean 210Po and 210Pb concentrations in the soft part of Mytilus edulis are 23.2 ± 9.7 Bq x kg-1 and 0.537 ± 0.203 Bq x kg-1 (fresh

  11. Using 137Cs and 210Pb to assess the sediment sources in a dam reservoir catchment on the loess plateau, China

    As the part of integrated studies of soil erosion and sedimentation within the same reservoir catchment, 'Sedimentation Assessment Studies' supported by IAEA, the primary scientific objective is to determine the source types of sediments reaching the reservoir and their relative contribution of different spatial locations to dam reservoir. This study addresses the need to quantify and link dam reservoir sedimentation, land use and different landscape locations using the 137Cs and 210Pb techniques within a GIS frame. A brief description of the basis for the site selection, sampling strategy, and the first results on the spatial distributions of 137Cs content and the possible sources of sediment and the relative contributions of these potential sources within the Yangjuangou dam reservoir catchment, Loess Plateau are provided. (3 figs., 4 tabs.)

  12. Normal dietary levels of 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po for man

    A review of the literature and the results of some recent measurements were presented on the levels in man's diet of the naturally-occurring radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po. The mean intakes for standard U.S. diets for these nuclides are tabulated. Intakes in other countries are similar to those in the U.S., but in localized populations the 226Ra intake may be 8 or more pCi/day. The contents of 226Ra in diets chosen by individuals ranged from 0.4 to 7 pCi/day. The few data on 228Ra show intake of this nuclide to be about 80% that of 226Ra, except in monazite areas where intakes of up to 160 pCi/day 228Ra are reported, which may be 50 to 100 times that of 226Ra. Drinking water contributes less than 5% of the daily intake, except in special areas

  13. Trace element dating by 210Pb: Application to an estuarine lagoon

    The Lagoa Olho D'Agua (Pernambuco, Brazil), is a 3.75 km2 lagoon which receives freshwater from both the Atlantic Ocean and Jaboatao River. The lagoon is under severe degradation process caused by pollutants released from industrial facilities and by the discharge of untreated domestic sewage. This contamination can be traced by analyzing sediments, which are the ultimate sink of pollutants that are derived from anthropogenic activities. The 210Pb dating method is the principal technique for characterizing sediments on a time scale spanning over the last 100-150 years. The objective of this study was to trace the time evolution of metal contaminants in sediments and its correlation with the industrial history of the area

  14. Radiochemical analysis of Ra, 210Po, 210Pb, U and Th

    Full text: The analysis of isotopes of uranium, thorium, radium, 210Po and 210Pb is of great importance in fields where these isotopes are used as tracers or where dosimetric aspects are considered. Because of the emission of alpha, beta and gamma radiation from several of the isotopes a combined measurement strategy is often preferred (eg beta counting of 234Th followed by alpha spectrometry of 228,230,232Th). Also, due to their position in the natural decay chains it is sometimes an advantage to measure the concentration of the daughter products than the mother isotope itself (eg. 222Rn+daughters instead of analysing 226Ra directly). The presentation gives an overview of analytical techniques useful for separating the isotopes in a sequential manner from each other. (author)

  15. Determination of 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po in natural drinking water

    A new method for the radioanalytical determination of the 222Rn progenies 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po will be presented, which has been improved for analyses of water samples from different regions in Austria. 1-2 liter samples were taken in polyethylene bottles prefilled with conc. HNO3 to obtain 0.2M acidic solutions, thus avoiding adsorption effects. After adding 1.6 mg of inactive lead carrier, the water sample was evaporated to dryness, converted to the chloride form and dissolved in 1M HCl. From this solution (pH ∼ 1.5) sulfide precipitation was carried out using Na2S (1M). The precipitate was dissolved in HNO3, fumed with HCl and transferred into a phosphate system, which is necessary for extraction of 210Bi and 210Po with Polex TM, a liquid scintillation cocktail suitable for α/β-measurements using pulse shape analysis. Lead-210 was determined via ingrown 210Bi by a second extraction after ∼ 2 weeks. The radiochemical yield of the whole procedure was > 90% determined via lead recovery with AAS. Minimum detectable activities of 0.4 and 1.0 mBq x l-1 could be achieved for 210Po and 210Bi (210Pb), respectively. Results ranged from 1.5-20 mBq x l-1 and more in waters with extremely high 222Rn concentrations. Radon decay during the period between sampling and analysis plays an important role and strongly influences the results. (author)

  16. Phytotoxicity of trace metals in spiked and field-contaminated soils: Linking soil-extractable metals with toxicity.

    Hamels, Fanny; Malevé, Jasmina; Sonnet, Philippe; Kleja, Dan Berggren; Smolders, Erik

    2014-11-01

    Soil tests have been widely developed to predict trace metal uptake by plants. The prediction of metal toxicity, however, has rarely been tested. The present study was set up to compare 8 established soil tests for diagnosing phytotoxicity in contaminated soils. Nine soils contaminated with Zn or Cu by metal mining, smelting, or processing were collected. Uncontaminated reference soils with similar soil properties were sampled, and series of increasing contamination were created by mixing each with the corresponding soil. In addition, each reference soil was spiked with either ZnCl2 or CuCl2 at several concentrations. Total metal toxicity to barley seedling growth in the field-contaminated soils was up to 30 times lower than that in corresponding spiked soils. Total metal (aqua regia-soluble) toxicity thresholds of 50% effective concentrations (EC50) varied by factors up to 260 (Zn) or 6 (Cu) among soils. For Zn, variations in EC50 thresholds decreased as aqua regia > 0.43 M HNO3  > 0.05 M ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) > 1 M NH4 NO3  > cobaltihexamine > diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) > 0.001 M CaCl2 , suggesting that the last extraction is the most robust phytotoxicity index for Zn. The EDTA extraction was the most robust for Cu-contaminated soils. The isotopically exchangeable fraction of the total soil metal in the field-contaminated soils markedly explained the lower toxicity compared with spiked soils. The isotope exchange method can be used to translate soil metal limits derived from soils spiked with metal salts to site-specific soil metal limits. PMID:25053440

  17. Determination of the latest sediment accumulation rates and pattern by performing 210Pb models and 137Cs technique in the Lake Bafa, Mugla, Turkey

    The sediment chronology was determined using Lead-210 (210Pb) and Cesium-137 (137Cs) dating method. Profile distributions of Polonium-210 (210Po) and 210Pb were evaluated with regarding to sediment porosity, core location, bottom currents and prevalent winds. Max. 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations are found as 193.83 ± 4.43 and 187.84 ± 4.84 Bq kg-1 respectively. According to vertical radionuclide (210Po/210Pb) ratios, sediments especially in east part of the lake are rich with respect to the fecal pellets. Residence time of the 210Pb is calculated as 1.9 months in the lake. Average sedimentation rate (0.359 ± 0.012 cm year-1) in central area is higher than the near shore (0.137 ± 0.006 cm year-1) one in Lake Bafa. (author)

  18. Determination of 210Pb and 212Pb in water and their radiological impact to the public via drinking water

    A sensitive and accurate method for determining ultra low-level 210Pb and 212Pb in water samples through double measurements was developed. Pb was pre-concentrated as hydroxides, separated from alkaline earth elements as PbS precipitate, purified by an anion exchange resin chromatography column, precipitated as PbSO4 for source preparation and counted by a low background β-counter. The procedure was checked with IAEA reference materials, and the results agreed well with the recommended values. The minimum detectable activity was 0.062 mBq·L-1 for 210Pb and 0.053 mBq·L-1 for 212Pb with a 48 L water sample. Seventeen drinking water samples were analyzed,with a Pb recovery of 88.8±5.5%, and the typical activity concentrations were 0.191-15.1 mBq·L-1 for 210Pb and of 1.12-5.77 mBq·L-1 for 212Pb. The estimated committed effective doses to adult members of the public in Italy due to intake of 210Pb and 212Pb in drinking water were 0.096-7.59 μSv·a-1 and 0.005-0.025 μSv·a-1, respectively. (authors)

  19. U/Th ratios, 210Pb activity and geochemical variations in a coastal sediment core off Ratnagiri

    Subsection of a sediment core of 1m length collected from a water depth of 45 m off Ratnagiri, Maharashtra were analysed for U/Th isotopes as well as 210Pb activity by alpha spectrometry and few metals (Al, Fe, Mn and As) by Atomic absorption spectrometry respectively. The clay sedimentation rate of 2.1 mm/y is estimated from excess 210Pb method. The assessed 210Pb inventory of 40 dpm/cm2 in the sediment core is in balance with that expected from the overhead water column 210Pb precipitation from atmospheric fallout. Subsurface sediment aluminum content ranges from 5.2 to 7.5 % which clearly shows clayey nature of sediment. As and Mn as well as As/Al and Mn/Al show relatively lower values in upper 10 cm segment suggesting a low oxygenated bottom waters, which is supported by high values of uranium (2.4 to 5.5 ppm) in the sediment. Further evidence of low oxygenated environment comes from high U/Th weight ratios (0.3 to 1.39) in the core compared to the earth's crustal ratio of 0.25. This site therefore seems to act as a sink for uranium isotopes. (author)

  20. 210Pb and 137Cs measurements in the Circum Bohai Sea coastal region: sedimentation rates and implications

    Fu WANG; Hong WANG; Jianfen LI; Yandong PEI; Changfu FAN; Lizhu TIAN; Zhiwen SHANG; Meiyu SONG; Yan GENG

    2008-01-01

    The representative 210Pb and 137Cs age-depth profiles were selected from more than 100 sites in the Circum Bohai Sea (CBS)coastal region to examine the sedimentation rates and associated environmental changes.There are three unique 210Pbexc distribution patterns:1)ideal-decaying type,representing relatively constant sediment supply and quieter environmental setting;2)wiggling type,but with approximately equivalent amplitude,representing coarser sediments and associated stronger flow current environment;and 3) episodic-eventinfluencing type,each representing typhoon storm-influenced depositional environment.Our results also show that there is a lower sedimentation rate(ca.0.1 cm/a)in the coastal lowlands,a higher sedimentation rate(ca.0.53 cm/a)in the intertidal flat and an intermediate rate of ca.0.58 cm/a in the subtidal zone near the Huanghua Harbor.The interbedded silt layer occurring in the core sediment reveals lower 210Pb activities,indicating a discontinuous sedimentation mostly due to typhoon events which dwarfs against 210Pb and 137Cs applicability.Overall,the 210Pb and 137Cs measurements of the present study provide physical insight into the evaluation of the coastal-marine ecological environment and associated management.

  1. Polonium ({sup 210}Po) and lead ({sup 210}Pb) in marine organisms and their transfer in marine food chains

    Carvalho, Fernando P., E-mail: carvalho@itn.p [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Departamento de Proteccao Radiologica e Seguranca Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal)

    2011-05-15

    The determination of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb was performed in marine organisms from the seashore to abyssal depths, encompassing a plethora of species from the microscopic plankton to the sperm whale. Concentrations of those radionuclides ranged from low values of about 5 x 10{sup -1} Bq kg{sup -1} (wet wt.) in jellyfish, to very high values of about of 3 x 10{sup 4} Bq kg{sup -1} (wet wt.) in the gut walls of sardines, with a common pattern of {sup 210}Po > {sup 210}Pb.These radionuclides are primarily absorbed from water and concentrated by phyto- and microzooplankton, and then are transferred to the next trophic level along marine food chains. Investigation in epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic and abyssobenthic organisms revealed that {sup 210}Po is transferred in the marine food webs with transfer factors ranging from 0.1 to 0.7, and numerically similar to those of the energy transfer in the marine food chains. As {sup 210}Po preferentially binds to amino acids and proteins, its transfer in food chains likely traces protein transfer and, thus, {sup 210}Po transfer factors are similar to ecotrophic coefficients. {sup 210}Pb is transferred less efficiently in marine food chains and this contributes to increased {sup 210}Po:{sup 210}Pb activity ratios in some trophic levels.

  2. Correlation of /sup 210/Po and /sup 210/Pb enrichments in the sea-surface microlayer with neuston biomass

    Heyroud, M.; Cherry, R.D. (International Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity, Musee Oceanographique (Monaco))

    1983-01-01

    Samples of surface microlayer, bulk seawater from 20 cm depth and neustonic organisms inhabiting the top 5 cm of the sea, were collected at regular intervals over a period of 17 months at a site 3 km off Monaco and analysed for naturally occurring radionuclides /sup 210/Po and /sup 210/Pb. Enrichment of /sup 210/Po in the microlayer compared with bulk seawater was observed, and found to be correlated significantly with the neuston biomass per unit volume. Enrichment of /sup 210/Pb in the microlayer was also observed, but only under higher neuston biomass conditions. The /sup 210/Po: /sup 210/Pb ratio was always higher in the microlayer than in bulk seawater. Additional information was obtained from /sup 210/Po measurements made on the bulk seawater in which the neuston had been collected and in which it had stood for periods of 2 to 4 h. These showed the neuston lost /sup 210/Po to the water at a rate of about 1 pCi g/sup -1/ dry biomass h/sup -1/. A significant flux of /sup 210/Po from bulk seawater to the surface microlayer, and thence possibly to the atmosphere, is estimated. This flux will vary seasonally with the planktonic biomass. Under high biomass conditions a similar flux for /sup 210/Pb may also be significant.

  3. An assessment of 210Pb and 210Po in terrestrial foodstuffs from regions of England and Wales

    Based on data for nationally available foodstuffs, naturally occurring 210Pb and 210Po contribute significantly to the UK radiation dose from dietary intake. To provide a more complete overview of radiological implications to the public, samples of offal, cereal, fruit, root and green vegetables were collected from 11 sites, including regions of potential 210Pb and 210Po enhancement. Considerable variability was evident in levels of 210Pb and 210Po from all sites and in all food types investigated. Higher concentrations were typically found in offal and cereals. Lowest concentrations were generally found in root vegetables. Between sites, the only evidence of elevated concentrations of 210Po occurred at Helston (210Po 3.0 Bq kg-1 in bovine liver, no other offal sample exceeding 0.8 Bq kg-1), and Holyhead 210Po 0.4 Bq kg-1 in blackberries, no other fruit sample exceeding 0.1 Bq kg-1). Other foodstuffs from these sites did not show similar enhanced levels of 210Po. The maximum dose arising from consumption of 210Pb and 210Po in foods surveyed in this study is estimated to be around 120 μSv year-1 to adults. This compares with an estimated UK average consumption dose from all nuclides and foodstuffs of 300 μSv year-1 (broad range 100-1000 μSv year-1). (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. Assessment Activity of 210Po and 210Pb in the Edible Tissues of Cultured Seabass (Lates calcariferat Peninsular Malaysia

    Noorliza Zakaria

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Analysis levels of 210Po and 210Pb were determined in the edible tissue of sea bass (Lates calcarifer from 14 cages in the west and east coast Peninsular of Malaysia. The concentrations level in fish were found varies from 1.35 ± 0.22 to 6.20 ± 0.99 Bq/kg dry weight210Po and 3.30 ± 2.69 to 51.71 ± 19.26 Bq/kg dry weight 210Pb. The level of this radionuclide was much related to the anthropogenic activities at the sampling locations neighbouring area, differences in metabolisms of fish and food intake pattern for each cage. Then the calculated daily intake value due to fish consumption was to be 7.69 mBq/d/person210Po and 35.90 mBq/d/person210Pb, which lower than those reported in others countries. In addition, the collective doses of210Po and210Pb were estimated to be 0.001mSv/year and 0.009 mSv/year, respectively. This suggests that the dose received by Malaysian due to consumption of fish is rather small, and did not deteriorate human’s health and safe for consumption.

  5. The effect of air mass origin on the ambient concentrations of /sup 7/Be and /sup 210/Pb in Islamabad

    The concentration of radionuclides /sup 210/Pb and /sup 7/Be, having half lives of 22.3 years and 53.29 days, respectively, in the surface air samples of Islamabad (33.38 N, 73.10 E and Altitude approx. 536 m asl.) were measured. The non-destructive technique of gamma-spectrometry, with a high purity germanium HPGe detector, was employed for the analysis of all samples. The annual average concentrations of /sup 210/Pb and /sup 7/Be in the surface air samples were determined as 0.284 +- 0.15 and 3.171 +- 1.14 mBq m/sup -3/, respectively. Our results have shown a seasonal variation of the concentration of /sup 7/Be in air samples with high values for the spring season. High concentrations for /sup 210/Pb were obtained when air masses originated from plain areas of Pothohar region, located in the South-West, West and North West of Islamabad. Statistics of /sup 210/Pb and /sup 7/Be-laden aerosols in the environment of Islamabad has been shown. Our values show a nice agreement with the relevant reported results. (Orig./A.B.)

  6. Studies on the distribution of 210Po and 210Pb in the ecosystem of Point Calimere Coast (Palk Strait), India

    A systematic study on the natural radionuclides such as 210Po and 210Pb in the environmental matrices of Point Calimere ecosystem has been undertaken to establish a baseline data on the radiation profile of Point Calimere environment. The environmental samples such as water, sediment and biota (seaweeds, crustaceans, molluscs and fish) have been subjected to analyses. It has been observed that the concentration of 210Po and 210Pb in the water samples of Point Calimere to be 0.5 mBq/l and 1.3 mBq/l, respectively. The soft tissues of the organisms accumulated higher 210Po content while shells and bones contained more 210Pb. The bivalve molluscs Meretrix casta have been identified to accumulate higher concentration of 210Po suggesting that they could serve as bio-indicator of radionuclides like 210Po in the Point Calimere ecosystem. The concentration factor of 210Po for the biotic components ranged from ∼103 to 106 while for 210Pb it ranged from ∼103 to 105

  7. Analysis of sup(210)Pb in sediment trap samples and sediments from the northern Arabian Sea: Evidence for boundary scavenging

    Borole, D.V.

    PboninorganicphasesconsistingmostlyofFe– Mnoxides.Incidentally,thetimingoftwoMnflux peaks matches with the timing of 210 Pb flux peaks in the present study. The evidence to suggest that MnO 2 flux peaks during mid-year has been provided by Balakrish- nan Nair et al. (1999). Two reasons...

  8. Comparison of degradation between indigenous and spiked bisphenol A and triclosan in a biosolids amended soil

    Langdon, Kate A., E-mail: Kate.Langdon@csiro.au [School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Adelaide (Australia); Water for a Healthy Country Research Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), PMB 2, Glen Osmond, South Australia, 5064, Adelaide (Australia); Warne, Michael StJ. [Water for a Healthy Country Research Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), PMB 2, Glen Osmond, South Australia, 5064, Adelaide (Australia); Smernik, Ronald J. [School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Adelaide (Australia); Shareef, Ali; Kookana, Rai S. [Water for a Healthy Country Research Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), PMB 2, Glen Osmond, South Australia, 5064, Adelaide (Australia)

    2013-03-01

    This study compared the degradation of indigenous bisphenol A (BPA) and triclosan (TCS) in a biosolids-amended soil, to the degradation of spiked labelled surrogates of the same compounds (BPA-d{sub 16} and TCS-{sup 13}C{sub 12}). The aim was to determine if spiking experiments accurately predict the degradation of compounds in biosolids-amended soils using two different types of biosolids, a centrifuge dried biosolids (CDB) and a lagoon dried biosolids (LDB). The rate of degradation of the compounds was examined and the results indicated that there were considerable differences between the indigenous and spiked compounds. These differences were more marked for BPA, for which the indigenous compound was detectable throughout the study, whereas the spiked compound decreased to below the detection limit prior to the study completion. The rate of degradation for the indigenous BPA was approximately 5-times slower than that of the spiked BPA-d{sub 16}. The indigenous and spiked TCS were both detectable throughout the study, however, the shape of the degradation curves varied considerably, particularly in the CDB treatment. These findings show that spiking experiments may not be suitable to predict the degradation and persistence of organic compounds following land application of biosolids. - Highlights: ► Degradation of indigenous and spiked compounds from biosolids were compared. ► Differences were observed for both the rate and pattern of degradation. ► Spiked bisphenol A entirely degraded however the indigenous compound remained. ► TCS was detectable during the experiment however the degradation patterns varied. ► Spiking experiments may not be suitable to predict degradation of organic compounds.

  9. Comparison of degradation between indigenous and spiked bisphenol A and triclosan in a biosolids amended soil

    This study compared the degradation of indigenous bisphenol A (BPA) and triclosan (TCS) in a biosolids-amended soil, to the degradation of spiked labelled surrogates of the same compounds (BPA-d16 and TCS-13C12). The aim was to determine if spiking experiments accurately predict the degradation of compounds in biosolids-amended soils using two different types of biosolids, a centrifuge dried biosolids (CDB) and a lagoon dried biosolids (LDB). The rate of degradation of the compounds was examined and the results indicated that there were considerable differences between the indigenous and spiked compounds. These differences were more marked for BPA, for which the indigenous compound was detectable throughout the study, whereas the spiked compound decreased to below the detection limit prior to the study completion. The rate of degradation for the indigenous BPA was approximately 5-times slower than that of the spiked BPA-d16. The indigenous and spiked TCS were both detectable throughout the study, however, the shape of the degradation curves varied considerably, particularly in the CDB treatment. These findings show that spiking experiments may not be suitable to predict the degradation and persistence of organic compounds following land application of biosolids. - Highlights: ► Degradation of indigenous and spiked compounds from biosolids were compared. ► Differences were observed for both the rate and pattern of degradation. ► Spiked bisphenol A entirely degraded however the indigenous compound remained. ► TCS was detectable during the experiment however the degradation patterns varied. ► Spiking experiments may not be suitable to predict degradation of organic compounds

  10. Degassing dynamics at Mount Etna inferred from radioactive disequilibria (210Pb-210Bi-210Po) in volcanic gases

    Terray, Luca; Gauthier, Pierre-Jean; Salerno, Giuseppe; La Spina, Alessandro; Giammanco, Salvatore; Sellitto, Pasquale; Briole, Pierre

    2016-04-01

    Volcanic gases are significantly enriched in the last short-half-life radionuclides of the 238U series, namely the so-called Radon daughters 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po. Because of their contrasted volatilities, these isotopes are strongly fractionated upon degassing, which gives rise to significant radioactive disequilibria between them in the gas phase. These disequilibria carry precious information on shallow degassing processes beneath active volcanoes: they remarkably constrain the magma residence time in the degassing reservoir and the duration of gas extraction from magma to surface. On Mount Etna (Sicily), where the study of these disequilibria was initiated thirty years ago (Lambert et al., EPSL, 1985-86), no measurement of 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po in the gases has been performed for the last twenty years. Here we present new 210Pb-210Bi-210Po radioactive disequilibria measurements in volcanic plume gases of Mount Etna. Samples were collected in the bulk diluted plume at kilometric distance from the summit area during the May 2015 eruption, then in more concentrated plumes arising from each summit crater of Etna during quiescent degassing in July 2015. We found values of (210Bi/210Pb) = 7.0 ± 0.3 and (210Po/210Pb) = 80 ± 6 during both periods. These results suggest that 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po are not significantly fractionated during the transport of the plume from the crater rim to close-downslope sites (<1 km). None of the previous degassing models (Lambert et al., EPSL, 1985-86 ; Gauthier et al., JVGR, 2000) satisfactorily explain measured activity ratios. We propose here a new degassing model based on the previous conceptualization designed for basaltic open-conduit volcanoes, like Stromboli. This model considers extreme Radon enrichments in volcanic gases as a source of 210Pb atoms produced by radioactive decay of 222Rn within gas bubbles travelling to surface. We constrain a magma residence time of 470 ± 170 days and an extraction time of the gases of 4