Plankton as an indicator of variation over time of the Chernobyl fall-out
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.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: The Science of the Total Environment (1995)
Record Number: 199511166 / Last updated on: 1995-08-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en