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.
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