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Vol. 16, No. 5 (2007), 723-729


Concentrations of 137Cs, 40K Radionuclides and Some Heavy Metals in Soil Samples of Chochołowska Valley from Tatra National Park

B. Kubica1,2, W.M. Kwiatek1, M. Stobiński1, S. Skiba3, M. Skiba3, J. Gołaś2, M. Kubica3, M. Tuteja-Krysa1, A. Wrona2, R. Misiak1, Z. Krzan4

1Institute of Nuclear Physics, (IFJ PAN), ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków, Poland 2AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland 3Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland 4Tatra National Park, Zakopane, Poland


Abstract: This paper presents the results of determination of artificial 137Cs and natural 40K activity concentrations and some heavy metals in soil samples from the region of one of the main valleys of Tatra National Park (Chochołowska). Our investigation concentrated on 137Cs and heavy metal levels in mountain soil taken from Chochołowska Valley, which revealed great variability in their concentration. The results show considerably small amounts of radionuclides 137Cs and 40K in the soils. Larger amounts of those elements can be found in the organic surface horizons of the soils. The evaluation of the content of those elements must be based on the bulk density analysis of the soil.

 

Keywords: caesium, heavy metals, Tatra National Park, soil profiles


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