Polluted Rain pp 435-448 | Cite as

Atmospheric Deposition of Man-Made Radioactivity

  • Herbert L. Volchok
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH)

Abstract

For the past two decades, the major radioactive component in rain has been the debris resulting from nuclear tests in the atmosphere. In studying fallout from these tests, rather extensive networks of precipitation collections were developed which have proven to be extremely useful in maintaining an inventory of the fallout radionuclides on the earth’s surface. Additionally, the models used for estimating current and future human exposure to these substances are in large part based upon the rainfall data. A study of total, wet and dry deposition is described, concluding that dry fallout should not be neglected and that it can successfully be collected on artificial surfaces.

Keywords

Europe Polyethylene Radium Geochemistry Radionuclide 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert L. Volchok
    • 1
  1. 1.U. S. Department of EnergyEnvironmental Measurements LaboratoryNew YorkUSA

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