Protecting the Seas

Vol. 35-2

June 1993

This essay aims to show how many non-nuclear industries contributed significantly to natural radioactivity. The examples given include the release of radon-220 and radon-222, as well as other radioisotopes, from the combustion of fossil fuels. Furthermore, edible mussels in the Irish Sea have been found to concentrate polonium-210 from seawater: the original source of the isotope was found to be the waste from a phosphate processing plant. These contributions should be taken into account when the environmental impacts of different industrial activities are compared. 3 tabs

Nuclear and isotopic techniques for investigating marine pollution

Pollution in the Gulf: Monitoring the marine environment

Pesticides in tropical marine environments: Assessing their fate

Environmental pollution of the Black Sea: A search for answers

Global ocean studies, the greenhouse effect, and climate change: Investigating interconnections

Environmental radioactivity: A perspective on industrial contributions

Applying nuclear techniques for environmental protection: A global research network

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