Accession Number : ADA305284

Title :   1993-94-95 Kara Sea Field Experiments and Analysis. 1995 Progress Report to ONR Arctic Nuclear Waste Assessment Program,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Phillips, G. W. ; August, R. A. ; King, S. E. ; Young, D. K. ; Bennett, R. H.

PDF Url : ADA305284

Report Date : 14 JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This progress report covers field work and laboratory analysis efforts for quantifying the environmental threat of radioactive waste released in the Arctic seas adjacent to the former Soviet Union and for studying the various transport mechanisms by which this radioactivity could effect populations of the U.S. and other countries bordering the Arctic. We obtained water, sediment, biological samples and oceanographic data from several cruises to the Kara Sea and adjacent waters and conducted detailed laboratory analyses of the samples for radionuclides and physical biological properties. In addition, we obtained water and sediment samples and conducted on site low level radionuclide analysis on the Angara, Yenisey River system which drains a major part of the Siberian industrial heartland and empties into the Kara Sea. We report on radionuclide concentrations, on radionuclide transport and scrubbing by sediments, on adsorption by suspended particles, on transport by surface and benthic boundary layer currents, on the effects of benthic and demersal organisms, on studies of long term monitoring in the Arctic and on an interlaboratory calibration for radionuclide analysis.

Descriptors :   *WATER POLLUTION, *RADIOACTIVE WASTES, *KARA SEA, LABORATORY TESTS, OCEAN CURRENTS, THREATS, BOUNDARY LAYER, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, SEDIMENT TRANSPORT, RADIATION ABSORPTION, SAMPLING, CALIBRATION, RIVERS, OCEAN BOTTOM SOILS, RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, ARCTIC REGIONS, DISPERSIONS, SIBERIA, ARCTIC OCEAN.

Subject Categories : Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE