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Vertical distributions of global fallout $$^{137}$$Cs and $$^{14}$$C in a Japanese forest soil profile and their implications for the fate and migration processes of Fukushima-derived $$^{137}$$Cs

Koarashi, Jun   ; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko  ; Amano, Hikaru*; Matsunaga, Takeshi

Vertical distributions of global fallout $$^{137}$$Cs and $$^{14}$$C were investigated in a Japanese forest soil in 2001. Even 38 years after the fallout, $$^{137}$$Cs was still observed mostly in the uppermost 5 cm. A preferential accumulation of $$^{137}$$Cs was found in a 1-cm-thick transition layer between organic-rich A and underlying B horizons. This unique observation indicated that $$^{137}$$Cs migrated through the A horizon at a rate of 0.20% y$$^{-1}$$ and the transition layer acted as a barrier for $$^{137}$$Cs migration to deeper layers. The vertical distributions of $$^{137}$$Cs and $$^{14}$$C were significantly correlated, suggesting a coupled downward migration of $$^{137}$$Cs and organic matter on a time scale of decades, along the same physical pathways.



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