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Radiocesium distribution in the sediments of the Odaka River estuary, Fukushima, Japan

福島県小高川河口域の堆積物中の放射性セシウムの分布

萩原 大樹; 中西 貴宏; 小西 博巳*; 鶴田 忠彦; 御園生 敏治; 藤原 健壮; 北村 哲浩

Hagiwara, Hiroki; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Konishi, Hiromi*; Tsuruta, Tadahiko; Misono, Toshiharu; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kitamura, Akihiro

Radiocesium that originated from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident was deposited on the ground surface and has been transported via fluvial discharge, primarily in the form of particulates, to downstream areas and eventually to the ocean. During transportation, some of the radiocesium accumulated on the riverbed. In this study, we quantified the radiocesium deposition on the riverbed in the Odaka River estuary and investigated the radiocesium sedimentation process of the river bottom. Our results show that the radiocesium inventory in the seawater intrusion area is larger than those in the freshwater and marine parts of the estuary. Moreover, the particle-size distribution in the seawater intrusion area shows a high proportion of silt and clay particles compared with the distribution in other areas. The increased radiocesium inventory in this area is attributed to the sedimentation of fine particles caused by hydrodynamic factors (negligible velocity of the river flow) rather than flocculation factor by salinity variation.

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