Spatial distribution of 241Am, 137Cs, 238Pu, 239,240Pu and 241Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK


Oh, J.-S., Warwick, P.E. and Croudace, I.W. (2009) Spatial distribution of 241Am, 137Cs, 238Pu, 239,240Pu and 241Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 67, (7-8), 1484-1492. (doi:10.1016/j.apradiso.2009.02.048).

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Ninety five surface scrape samples were collected at the Ravenglass saltmarsh and analysed for radionuclides by alpha spectrometry (238Pu and 239,240Pu), gamma spectrometry (241Am and 137Cs) and liquid scintillation counting (241Pu). Both 241Am and 137Cs activities are compared with those reported by Horrill [1983. Concentrations and spatial distribution of radioactivity in an ungrazed saltmarsh. In: Coughtrey, P.J. (Ed.), Ecological Aspects of Radionuclide Release. British Ecological Society Special Publication No. 3. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 119–215.] Significant decreases in activities for both radionuclides were observed which is caused by the declining levels of discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant since the 1980s. It has been concluded that the spatial distribution of these radionuclides are controlled by the tidal currents and the clay contents in the sediments. There is evidence of surface erosion of the saltmarsh and redistribution of radionuclides in the saltmarsh using isotopic ratios of measured Pu.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0969-8043 (print)
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Keywords: Ravenglass saltmarsh; Sellafield; 241Am; 137Cs; 238Pu; 239,240Pu and 241Pu; Gamma spectrometry; Radiochemical separation
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 69167
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69167

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