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Factors controlling dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in east Japanese rivers

Tsuji, Hideki*; Ishii, Yumiko*; Shin, M.*; Taniguchi, Keisuke*; Arai, Hirotsugu*; Kurihara, Momo*; Yasutaka, Tetsuo*; Kuramoto, Takayuki*; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Lee, S*; et al.

Science of the Total Environment, 697, p.134093_1 - 134093_11, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:62.46(Environmental Sciences)

To investigate the main factors that control the dissolved radiocesium concentration in river water in the area affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, the correlations between the dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations at 66 sites normalized to the average $$^{137}$$Cs inventories for the watersheds with the land use, soil components, topography, and water quality factors were assessed. We found that the topographic wetness index is significantly and positively correlated with the normalized dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentration. Similar positive correlations have been found for European rivers because wetland areas with boggy organic soils that weakly retain $$^{137}$$Cs are mainly found on plains. However, for small Japanese river watersheds, the building area ratio in the watershed strongly affected the dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentration.

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Incorporation record of radionuclides in teeth and otoliths

Koarai, Kazuma; Matsueda, Makoto; Fujiwara, Kenso; Ono, Takumi*; Kino, Yasushi*; Oka, Toshitaka; Okutsu, Kenichi*; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Suzuki, Toshihiko*; Shimizu, Yoshinaka*; et al.

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We have investigated incorporation of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in teeth of cattle and otoliths of fish. Specific activity of $$^{90}$$Sr in the dentin tissue was higher than that in the enamel tissue. The result shows change of $$^{90}$$Sr incorporation in cattle even within a tooth. Concentrations of stable Sr and Cs were 94 ppm and 3 ppb. Distributions of stable Sr and Cs were uniform in the otolith of fish. If distribution of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in the otolith was measured, change of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs incorporation into the fish would be found. These findings suggest that distribution patterns of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in the environment could be estimated from distribution of the radionuclides in the tooth and otolith.

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Factors controlling dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in east Japanese rivers

Tsuji, Hideki*; Ishii, Yumiko*; Hayashi, Seiji*; Shin, M.*; Taniguchi, Keisuke*; Arai, Hirotsugu*; Kurihara, Momo*; Yasutaka, Tetsuo*; Kuramoto, Takayuki*; Nakanishi, Takahiro; et al.

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Controlling factor of dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in 66 in East Japan rivers was investigated. Dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations decreased by one order of magnitude between 2012 and 2017. Normalized dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations correlated well with building area ratios. Topographic wetness index generally predicted dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations. The high concentration of dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs in urban area cannot be explained by water quality condition.

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