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This research concerns the pattern of the radionuclide activities (I-131, Cs-134, Cs-137, Ru-106) in net-plankton and water samples collected from two lakes in Northern Italy during and after the presence in the area of the radioactive cloud from the Chernobyl accident: April 30 to September 3, 1986. The results show that, because of its short lifespan, plankton is a good indicator of daily variations of environmental contamination. The contamination level of plankton depends on various factors, such as the speciation and biological role of the radionuclide, the community structure and chemical characteristics of the water.

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Authors: RAVERA O, University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences (IT);GIANNONI L, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: The Science of the Total Environment (1995)
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