Speciation of iodine (I-127 and I-129) in lake sediments

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article – Annual report year: 2010

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Fallout of anthropogenic 129I at northern Europe has been occurring since the early 1950. Nevertheless, it is still unclear where and how this radioactive iodine is incorporated in the surface environment. In order to elucidate part of this problem, we here present an investigation of the occurrence modes of 129I in varved lake sediments, collected in central Sweden and cover the period 1941–2007. Using a sequential extraction method, the results of 129I and 127I indicate that the partitioning of the two isotopes were more or less similar, despite the large gradient of 129I within the sediment. Organic bound iodine was the dominant form over other fractions, while iodine bound to metal oxides was negligible. The leachable part constituted 5–6% of the iodine. Diagenetic influence seems to exert a limited effect on distribution of iodine in the examined sediment section.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication date2010
Volume268
Journal number7-8
Pages1102-1105
ISSN0168-583X
DOIs
StatePublished

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
Number11
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period14/09/0819/09/08
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 10

Keywords

  • Radiation research and nuclear technologies, Radioecology and tracers
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