Plankton as an indicator of the temporal variation of the Chernobyl fallout
The pattern of radionuclide activities (iodine-131, cesium-134, cesium-137, ruthenium-106) is described in net plankton and water samples collected from two lakes in northern Italy (Lake Monate and Lake Comabbio) during and after the presence in the area of the radioactive cloud from the Chernobyl accident (ie from 30 April to 3 September 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, Vol. 172 (1995), pp. 119-125
Record Number: 199610049 / Last updated on: 1996-02-16
Original language: en
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