Distribution of pre- and post-Chernobyl radiocaesium with particle size fractions of soils

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The association of radiocaesium with particle size fractions separated by sieving and settling from soils sampled eight years after the Chernobyl accident has been determined. The three size fractions were: 63 μm.137Cs in the soil samples was associated essentially with the finer size fractions, which generally showed specific activities 3-5 times higher than the bulk samples. Activity ratios of134Cs/137Cs in the clay-sized fractions appear to be lower with respect to the corresponding values in bulk soil samples. This result indicates that some differences still exists in the particle size distribution between137Cs originating from nuclear weapons, which has been in the soil for decades after fallout, and137Cs coming from the Chernobyl accident, eight years after the deposition event. This behaviour could be related to "ageing" processes of radiocaesium in soils. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117 - 127
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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