Radioactive and radiogenic isotopes in sediments from Cooper Creek, Western Arnhem Land

A Frostick, A Bollhofer, David Parry, Niels Munksgaard, K Evans

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    Abstract

    Protection of the environment post-mining is a key objective of rehabilitation, especially where runoff and erosion from rehabilitated mine sites could potentially lead to contamination of the surrounding land and watercourses. As part of an overall assessment of the success of rehabilitation at the former Nabarlek uranium (U) mine, an appraisal of stable lead (Pb) isotopes, radionuclides and trace metals within sediments and soils was conducted to determine the off site impacts from a spatial and temporal perspective. The study found localised areas on and adjacent to the site where soils had elevated levels of trace metals and radionuclides. Lead isotope ratios are highly radiogenic in some samples, indicating the presence of U-rich material. There is some indication that erosion products with more radiogenic Pb isotope ratios have deposited in sediments downstream of the former ore body. However, there is no indication that the radiogenic erosion products found on the mine site at present have significantly contaminated sediments further downstream of Cooper Creek. Crown Copyright � 2007.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)468-482
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
    Volume99
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Frostick, A., Bollhofer, A., Parry, D., Munksgaard, N., & Evans, K. (2008). Radioactive and radiogenic isotopes in sediments from Cooper Creek, Western Arnhem Land. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 99(3), 468-482.