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The Atlas summarizes the results of numerous investigations undertaken throughout Europe to assess the ground contamination by caesium-137 following the Chernobyl accident. The Atlas incorporates about 100 color maps at a range of scales which characterize the contamination in Europe as a whole, within state boundaries and for zones where the contamination levels are above 40 kBq/m{2} (2.0% of the European territory) and above 1480 kBq/{2} (0.03% of the European territory). Investigations have shown that around 6% of the European territory has been contaminated with more than 20 kBq/{2} after the Chernobyl accident. The total amount of deposited caesium-137 in Europe is 8E6 Bq and distributed in the following manner: Belarus 33.5%, Russia 24%, Ukraine 20%, Sweden 4.4%, Finland 4.3%, Bulgaria 2.8%, Austria 2.7%, Norway 2.3%, Romania 2.0%, Germany 1.1%.

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Authors: IZRAEL Y A ET AL, Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, Moscow (SU);DE CORT ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT);KELLY G N, CEC Bruxelles (BE);MATVEENKO II ET AL, Republic Centre of Radiation and Environment Monitoring, Minsk (BY);TABATCHNYI L Y, Minchernobyl, Kiev (UA);TSATUROV Y, Rushidromet, Moscow (SU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 1st International Conference of the European Commission, Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine on the Radiological Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident, Belarus (BY), March 18-22, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39532 ORA
Record Number: 199610190 / Last updated on: 1996-03-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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