The effect of sorption properties of soil minerals on the vertical migration rate of cesium in soil

  • J. Zygmunt
  • S. Chibowski
  • Z. Klimowicz


The vertical distribution of137Cs is shown for two types of soil: silly loamy “supposed” soil and silly lessive one, slightly eroded, occuring in the vicinity of Lublin (Eastern Poland). Based on the distribution data the vertical migration rates of137Cs are calculated for both soils. These rates are found to be 0.045 and 0.3 cm/year respectively. The percent contribution of137Cs originating from the damaged reactor in Chernobyl is also calculated. The kinetics of cesium adsorption and its adsorption isotherms on minerals separated from the tested soils are also studied. The sorption of Cs on soil minerals markedly affects the migration rate of137Cs in soil. The experimental results indicate that, among the extracted mineral fractions, the largest adsorption takes place on marls from the silly loamy soil. This work is supplemented by results of a physicochemical analysis of the studied soils.


Physical Chemistry Migration Inorganic Chemistry Adsorption Isotherm Cesium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Zygmunt
    • 1
  • S. Chibowski
    • 1
  • Z. Klimowicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiochemistry and Colloid Chemistry, Faculty of ChemistryMaria Curie-Sklodowska UniversityLublinPoland
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Earth ScienceMaria Curie-Sklodowska UniversityLublinPoland

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