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Distributions of Pu, Am and Cs in margin sediments from the western Mediterranean (Spanish coast).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11848153     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Continental margins are important areas to be considered when studying the distributions and depositions of pollutants, both conventional and radioactive. Coastal sediments accumulate most of those contaminants which can be introduced following atmospheric and/or fluvial pathways. Moreover, their residence times within the water column are usually shortened due to their affinity to associate with the downward falling particulate matter, more abundant at shallower depths. In this paper the distribution profiles and inventories of plutonium, americium and cesium are detailed, providing useful information about recent sedimentation phenomena such as sediment mixing, slumping processes and bioturbation. Unsupported 210Pb data are used as reliable indicators of enhanced/reduced deposition events. Also, the calculated inventories have enabled the estimation of the radiological contribution of the Spanish Mediterranean margin to the total radioactivity deposited onto the Mediterranean sea floor.
C Gascó; M P Antón; M Pozuelo; J Meral; A M González; C Papucci; R Delfanti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental radioactivity     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0265-931X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Radioact     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-18     Completed Date:  2002-07-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508119     Medline TA:  J Environ Radioact     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departamento de Impacto Ambiental de la Energia, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
Americium / analysis
Cesium Radioisotopes / analysis
Environmental Monitoring*
Environmental Pollutants*
Geologic Sediments / chemistry*
Plutonium / analysis
Water Movements
Water Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants, Radioactive; 0/Cesium Radioisotopes; 0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Water Pollutants, Radioactive; 7440-07-5/Plutonium; 7440-35-9/Americium
Erratum In:
J Environ Radioact 2002;62(1):121

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