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dc.contributor.advisorWhicker, F. Ward
dc.contributor.authorSkinner, Dawn J.
dc.contributor.committeememberOlson, H. G.
dc.contributor.committeememberIbrahim, Shawki A.
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-05T12:39:11Z
dc.date.available2022-07-05T12:39:11Z
dc.date.issued1982
dc.description1982 Fall.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographic references.
dc.description.abstractThis study concerned 226Ra contamination of soils and foliage as a function of distance downwind from a uranium mill tailings pile. In soils the radium contamination was primarily associated with particle sizes < 0.045 mm and mainly found within the 0-0.6 cm soil horizon. The 0-0.6 cm soil horizon showed a decrease in activity concentration with distance. The 0-15 cm and 0-30 cm soil depth samples also showed a significant decrease with distance. An attempt was made using ultrasonic washing to separate internal from external 226Ra contamination in Artemisia tridentata. Internal contamination appeared to be a larger contributor to total contamination at distances ? 0.16 km downwind from the tailings pile. At distances > 0.16 km, external contamination became a larger contributor to the total 226Ra contamination. Concentration ratios (based on total contamination and internal contamination) were determined as a function of distance downwind from the tailings pile. Concentration ratios appeared to be highly site specific, however higher values (0.8-2.8) were generally associated with distances ? 0.16 km from the mill. At distances > 0.16 km. In most soil samples 226Ra concentrations approached background levels at a distance of 1.1 km from the tailings pile. Total vegetation contamination approached background at 6.6 km. A trend of decreasing internal and external 226Ra contamination with distance downwind was found to be significant (p < 5%). This study suggested that a combination of root uptake and foliar absorption were responsible for internal contamination and further studies were suggested.
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10217/235419
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relationCatalog record number (MMS ID): 991005092159703361
dc.relationQH545.U7S55
dc.relation.ispartof1980-1999 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subject.lcshUranium mill tailings -- Environmental aspects
dc.subject.lcshRadioactive pollution of soils
dc.subject.lcshPlants -- Effect of radioactive pollution on
dc.title²²⁶Ra contamination of soil and foliage as a function of distance downwind from uranium mill tailings
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thesis.degree.disciplineRadiology and Radiation Biology
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)


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