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Migration of Lead‐210 and Stable Load in Surface Waters Impacted by Uranium Mine Wastes

Migration of Lead‐210 and Stable Load in Surface Waters Impacted by Uranium Mine Wastes Water and sediment samples from two surface water systems were analysed for 210Pb and stable lead in order to elucidate the environmental importance and fate of 210Pb released from uranium mining. In one system mine drainage waters treated by precipitation of barium sulfate contained a considerable activity of 210Pb in particulate form. Spoil piles were the main source of 210Pb in the second system, with the dissolved 210Pb being the predominant migration form. In both systems the concentration of 210Pb rapidly decreased with distance from the source indicating that waterborne 210Pb did not represent an environmental problem. Uranium mining did not add significant amounts of stable lead into the surface water systems. It has been found that bottom sediments are a sensitive indicator of the pollution of surface waters with 210Pb. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiologica Wiley

Migration of Lead‐210 and Stable Load in Surface Waters Impacted by Uranium Mine Wastes

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0323-4320
eISSN
1521-401X
DOI
10.1002/aheh.19850130603
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Abstract

Water and sediment samples from two surface water systems were analysed for 210Pb and stable lead in order to elucidate the environmental importance and fate of 210Pb released from uranium mining. In one system mine drainage waters treated by precipitation of barium sulfate contained a considerable activity of 210Pb in particulate form. Spoil piles were the main source of 210Pb in the second system, with the dissolved 210Pb being the predominant migration form. In both systems the concentration of 210Pb rapidly decreased with distance from the source indicating that waterborne 210Pb did not represent an environmental problem. Uranium mining did not add significant amounts of stable lead into the surface water systems. It has been found that bottom sediments are a sensitive indicator of the pollution of surface waters with 210Pb.

Journal

Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiologicaWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1985

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