Radiological survey of plants, animals, and soil in micronesia
In 1974 the Laboratory of Radiation Ecology began a program to determine the radionuclides found in foods, plants, animals, and soils of the Central Pacific. As part of this program the present study was undertaken to determine radionuclides found in the common foods and soils in areas of Micronesia other than those areas receiving local fallout from the test sites at Bikini or Enewetak atolls. Areas sampled in 1975 were Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Truk and Ponape in the Caroline Islands, Guam in the Marianas Islands, and Koror and Babelthaup in the Palau Islands. All samples were analyzed ... continued below
Nelson, V.A. November 1, 1975.
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In 1974 the Laboratory of Radiation Ecology began a program to determine the radionuclides found in foods, plants, animals, and soils of the Central Pacific. As part of this program the present study was undertaken to determine radionuclides found in the common foods and soils in areas of Micronesia other than those areas receiving local fallout from the test sites at Bikini or Enewetak atolls. Areas sampled in 1975 were Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Truk and Ponape in the Caroline Islands, Guam in the Marianas Islands, and Koror and Babelthaup in the Palau Islands. All samples were analyzed for gamma-emitting radionuclides while some were also analyzed for /sup 90/Sr of /sup 239/ /sup 240/Pu. Results of the analyses indicate that naturally occurring /sup 40/K is the predominant radionuclide in the biological samples. Cesium-137 in amounts less than 1 pCi/g (dry) was the only fallout radionuclide detected in most of the biological samples. Soil samples usually contained /sup 90/Sr, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 238/U, and /sup 239/Pu, while soil from Truk, Palau, and Ponape also contained isotopes of radium and thorium. Soil from Guam also contained /sup 210/Pb and /sup 235/U in addition to the above radionuclides. Considering only the fallout radionuclides, the values for /sup 90/Sr, /sup 137/Cs, and /sup 239/ /sup 240/Pu in samples from Guam, Palau, Truk, Ponape, and Majuro are less than the values for these radionuclides in similar samples from atolls such as Utirik, Rongerik, and Ailinginae in the northern Marshall Islands, and are much less than values of these radionuclides in samples from Bikini and Rongelap atolls.
Dep. NTIS, PC A03/MF A01.
- Actinide Isotopes
- Actinide Nuclei
- Alkali Metal Isotopes
- Alkaline Earth Isotopes
- Alpha Decay Radioisotopes
- Aquatic Organisms
- Beta Decay Radioisotopes
- Beta-Minus Decay Radioisotopes
- Beta-Plus Decay Radioisotopes
- Cesium 137
- Cesium Isotopes
- Cobalt 60
- Cobalt Isotopes
- Data Forms
- Electron Capture Radioisotopes
- Even-Even Nuclei
- Even-Odd Nuclei
- Experimental Data
- Fallout Deposits
- Heavy Nuclei
- Intermediate Mass Nuclei
- Internal Conversion Radioisotopes
- Isolated Values
- Isomeric Transition Isotopes
- Lead 210
- Lead Isotopes
- Light Nuclei
- Minutes Living Radioisotopes
- Numerical Data
- Odd-Even Nuclei
- Odd-Odd Nuclei
- Plutonium 239
- Plutonium 240
- Plutonium Isotopes
- Potassium 40
- Potassium Isotopes
- Radiation Monitoring
- Radium 210
- Radium 226
- Radium Isotopes
- Strontium 90
- Strontium Isotopes
- Thorium 228
- Thorium 232
- Thorium Isotopes
- Uranium 235
- Uranium 238
- Uranium Isotopes
- Years Living Radioisotopes 510301* -- Environment, Terrestrial-- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport-- Soil-- (-1987)
STI Subject Categories
- 510302 -- Environment, Terrestrial-- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport-- Terrestrial Ecosystems & Food Chains-- (-1987)
- 520302 -- Environment, Aquatic-- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport-- Aquatic Ecosystems & Food Chains-- (-1987)
- 54 Environmental Sciences
- 560172 -- Radiation Effects-- Nuclide Kinetics & Toxicology-- Animals-- (-1987)
- 560173 -- Radiation Effects-- Nuclide Kinetics & Toxicology-- Plants-- (-1987)
- 63 Radiation, Thermal, And Other Environ. Pollutant Effects On Living Orgs. And Biol. Mat.
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- Grant Number: EY-76-S-08-0269
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