Cesium-137 spatial activity in surface soils near and surrounding the Gurí Reservoir (Venezuela)

  • J. J. LaBrecque
  • P. R. Cordoves


The 137Cs activities (Bq . kg-1) were determined in more than ninety soil samples between 2 and 5 cm depths surrounding and near the Guri Reservoir (state of Bolivar, Venezuela). The measurements were performed by high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy, employing Soil-6 as a comparator. In general, the values of the 137Cs activities were about double on the west side of the reservoir than on the east side, the environmental parameters were similar on both sides, but the soils were very different, they were untisols on the western side and entisols on the eastern one. The soils were highly mineralized and on the western side they were above rich iron deposits. Many of the sampling sites on the eastern side were annually covered with water, when the reservoir was at high levels. The anomalously high 137Cs values, southeast of the reservoir were found in a small area that had very different environmental characteristics and can be explained by the direct deposition of the fallout by the clouds on the vegetation and surface, since this area is in a dense cloud forest.


Environmental Parameter Environmental Characteristic Venezuela Eastern Side Western Side 
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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. LaBrecque
    • 1
  • P. R. Cordoves
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)
  2. 2.Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)

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