Gamma radioactivity in the Iberian Marine environment closest to the NEA dumping site

P. I. Mitchell, A. Vidal-Quadras, J. L. Font, M. Oliva

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The distributions of caesium-137 and some naturally occurring gamma-emitters in a range of environmental samples, collected along the north-west Iberian coastline during April 1984, are presented. Samples, including surface waters, algae, sediments and fish, have been analyzed to establish accurate baselines for that region of the continental shelf closest to the NEA dumping site. Results indicate that caesium-137 levels were a factor of three lower than those typical of waters off the west coast of Ireland and are consistent with those expected from global fallout prior to the Chernobyl accident. The mean caesium-137 concentration in sea water at six well-separated stations near the coast was 3·85 ± 0·19 Bq m-3, whilst caesium-137 levels in widely consumed species of fish were in the range 1·1-6·2 Bq kg-1 (dry wt). It is estimated that caesium-137, through one year's ingestion of fish and shellfish, generates a collective dose equivalent commitment to the adult Galician population of 0·78 man-Sv, which is approximately 3% of the total annula collective dose equivalent from non-medical sources of radiation. © 1988.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-89
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988


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