Radiocesium reaction with illite and organic matter in marine sediment

Department of Chemistry, Kyungpook National University, Daikyū, Daegu, South Korea
Marine Pollution Bulletin (Impact Factor: 2.99). 06/2006; 52(6):659-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.10.017
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The mineralogical effect on the (137)Cs reaction with marine sediment has not been systematically studied yet, even though illite has been known to adsorb Cs preferentially on its frayed edge sites in a low Cs concentration. Ninety-three marine sediment samples were collected near Yangnam, Korea for quantitative X-ray-diffraction (XRD), gamma-ray, and total organic carbon (TOC) analysis. Illite content was in the range of 0-23 wt.% and those of (137)Cs and TOC were minimum detectable activity (MDA) approximately 7.19 Bq/kg-dry and approximately 3.32%, respectively. The illite content in the marine sediment showed a good relationship with the (137)Cs content (R(2)=0.69), but with an increase in the illite content, the relationship became less linear. This trend can be clearly shown in two groups of samples with different size fractions (< and >5Mdvarphi). For the samples of larger particle sizes (low contents of illite), the relationship is linear, but for the samples of the smaller particle sizes (high illite content) it is less linear with a decreased slope, indicating that increase in illite content does not significantly contribute to the fixation of (137)Cs in marine sediment. Rather, the TOC has a more linear relationship with (137)Cs content with no slope change in all particle size ranges. This may indicate that humic materials in marine sediment block the access of (137)Cs to the frayed edge site and reduces the adsorption of (137)Cs on illite and that the organic materials in marine sediment play more important roles in adsorbing Cs than illite.

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    • "Cs measured activities measured in Central Atlantic water (1.4 ± 0.2 mBq L −1 , n = 5; WOMARS, 2005) and considering that it will be exported to the deep ocean along the water column at low sedimentation rates (~ 0.5 to 4.4 cm ky −1 ), we infer that 137 Cs marine inputs will be insignificant in lobe sediments with respect to terrestrial inputs. Thus, for the core COL-C-CS-06, the significant positive correlation between OC and 137 Cs activity (R 2 = 0.5; p b 0.05; n = 38) suggests a continental source for particles and for OC associated to these particles and suggest that they were transported by the same physical (erosion, transport and deposition) processes to the lobe complex (Kim et al., 2006). "

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    • "The decrease in RIP with increasing OM content can be attributed to the blocking effect of OM on the access of Cs þ to FES and interlayer sites; such blocking results in the high mobility and bioavailability of Cs þ in organic-rich environments (Rigol et al., 1998, 1999, 2002; Dumat and Staunton, 1999; Staunton et al., 2002; Kim et al., 2006; Fan et al., 2014). Kim et al. (2006) "
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