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Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis$
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John E. Till and Helen Grogan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195127270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195127270.001.0001

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Aquatic Food Chain Pathways

Aquatic Food Chain Pathways

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(p.340) 7 Aquatic Food Chain Pathways
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Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis
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Steven M. Bartell

Ying Feng

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195127270.003.0007

This chapter describes methods for assessing the movement of radionuclides along pathways of transport and bioaccumulation in rivers, reservoirs, lakes, estuaries, and coastal oceans. The materials presented here focus primarily on the accumulation of radionuclides by aquatic organisms. The key pathways for transport and bioaccumulation are demonstrated using a model for 137Cs in the Chernobyl (former Soviet Union) cooling pond. Subsequent consumption of contaminated aquatic resources by humans is briefly described in relation to human health risk assessment.

Keywords:   radionuclide transport, aquatic pathways, bioaccumulation in rivers, bioaccumulation in lakes, aquatic organisms

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