Radionuclide activities in sediments on the northern coast of Spitsbergen

Barbara Wojtasik , Sławomir Świrydowicz , Dorota Burska , Kamil Nowiński


The specific activity of natural gamma emitters like actinium (228Ac), bismuth (212Bi, 214Bi), lead (212Pb, 214Pb), potassium (40K), radium (224Ra), thallium (208Tl) and artificial radioisotope caesium (137Cs) was measured in 2005 in the surface layer of marine sediments in the northern Svalbard: Wijdefjorden, Woodfjorden, Vestfjorden and Bockfjorden as well as in the freshwater reservoirs in Andre Land. Nonuniform spatial distribution of these radionuclides was found. Sediment sample from Bockfjorden had the highest specific activities of all natural radionuclides. The specific radioactivity of 137Cs was much lower than specific radioactivities of natural radionuclides but there were differences between investigated locations. The distribution of 137Cs is similar to persistent organic pollutants of the lake sediments in the area.
Author Barbara Wojtasik (FB / DGB)
Barbara Wojtasik,,
- Katedra Genetyki i Biosystematyki
, Sławomir Świrydowicz
Sławomir Świrydowicz,,
, Dorota Burska (FOG / IO / DMChEP)
Dorota Burska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Kamil Nowiński (FOG / IG / DLimn)
Kamil Nowiński,,
- Department of Limnology
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Journal seriesPolish Polar Research, ISSN 0138-0338, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in EnglishArctic, Svalbard, natural radionuclides, 137 Cs, fjords, freshwater sediments, marine sediments
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.231 (2) - 2017=1.647 (5)
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