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Abstract

NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS BEING OPEN SYSTEMS, INTERRELATIONS BETWEEN TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS ARE ACTIVE AND CONTINUOUS. RADIOECOLOGICAL RESEARCH PRODUCED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF INFORMATION ON THE DESTINATION OF RADIOISOTOPES AND ON THEIR TRANSFER FROM ONE SUBDIVISION OF THE ECOSYSTEM TO ANOTHER. THIS INFORMATION HAS LED TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE BASIC PROCESSES IN THE ECOSYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR THOSE RELATED TO BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES. CONCEPTS AND METHODS USED IN RADIOECOLOGY PROVE TO BE VERY USEFUL EVEN FOR ECOTOXICOLOGICAL RESEARCH, ESPECIALLY CONCERNING POLLUTING SUBSTANCES HAVING A CONTINENTAL OR INTERCONTINENTAL DISTRIBUTION. THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT (1986) WAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO RADIOECOLOGISTS WHO WERE ABLE TO COMPARE ACTUAL DATA FROM THIS NEW BIOSPHERE CONTAMINATION TO THOSE SURVEYED IN THE '60S. THE AIM OF THIS STUDY IS TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE MAJOR RESULTS OBTAINED BY RADIOECOLOGISTS ABOUT THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT, STARTING FROM THE END OF THE '50S UP TO THE PRESENT.

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Authors: RAVERA O, JRC-ISPRA;GIANNONE L JRC-ISPRA, JRC-ISPRA
Bibliographic Reference: PAPER PRESENTED: INQUINAMENTO E ECOSISTEMI ACQUATICI, SORRENTO/I, SEPT. 30, OCT. 2, 1988, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, BP 1907, MENTIONING PAPER ORA 34269 I
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