Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
Concentration of selected radionuclides in skulls of European badger Meles meles from eastern Poland
Concentration activity levels of selected radionuclides in skulls of European badger from eastern Poland were determined. It was found that studied skull bones contained on average 1.6 ± 1.7 Bq kg-1 of 137Cs (range: 0-6.4 Bq kg-1), 2.2 ± 0.87 Bq kg-1 of 90Sr (range: 0.93-3.9 Bq kg-1), and 8.4 ± 4.1 Bq kg-1 of 239+240Pu (range: 0-53 Bq kg-1). These values prove to be rather low in comparison with earlier literature data on anthropogenic radionuclides (being a result of the Chernobyl fallout) present in skulls of other mammals. This suggests that migration processes of anthropogenic radionuclides have caused a diminishing of contamination in the upper layer of soil.
Anthropogenic radionuclide, skull bone, European badger, eastern Poland
KOMOSA, ANDRZEJ; KITOWSKI, IGNACY; ORZEL, JOLANTA; PITUCHA, GRZEGORZ; SOLECKI, JAN; CHRAPOWICKI, MARCIN; ROZANSKI, PAWEL; and FLIS, MARIAN
"Concentration of selected radionuclides in skulls of European badger Meles meles from eastern Poland,"
Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences: Vol. 39:
5, Article 14.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/veterinary/vol39/iss5/14