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Uranium Pollution in an Estuary Affected by Two Different Contamination Sources

  • Guillermo Manjón
  • María Villa
  • Rafael García-Tenorio
  • Juan Mantero
  • Santiago Hurtado
  • Mouloud Lehritani
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Odiel River estuary has been deeply affected, from 1960s until 1990s, by direct discharges of phosphogypsum due to operation of phosphoric acid factories. When direct discharges were halted, a self-cleaning of river has been observed. However, a second source or uranium due to former mining operations, located in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, could prevent the complete uranium cleaning due to acid mine drainage of uranium from the upstream Odiel River basin. An exhaustive study, using different analyzing techniques, allows discovering this second source of uranium contamination.

Keywords

Activity Concentration Acid Mine Drainage Uranium Concentration Direct Discharge Uranium Isotope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Manjón
    • 1
  • María Villa
    • 1
  • Rafael García-Tenorio
    • 1
  • Juan Mantero
    • 1
  • Santiago Hurtado
    • 1
  • Mouloud Lehritani
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Nuclear Physics GroupUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain

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