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Observations on the geology and geohydrology of the Chernobyl' nuclear accident site, Ukraine

International Geology Review

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Abstract

The most highly contaminated surface areas from cesium-137 fallout from the April 1986 accident at the Chernobyl' nuclear power station in Ukraine occur within the 30-km radius evacuation zone set up around the station, and an 80-km lobe extending to the west-southwest. Lower levels of contamination extend 300 km to the west of the power station. The geology, the presence of surface water, a shallow water table, and leaky aquifers at depth make this an unfavorable environment for the long-term containment and storage of the radioactive debris. An understanding of the general geology and hydrology of the area is important to assess the environmental impact of this unintended waste storage site, and to evaluate the potential for radionuclide migration through the soil and rock and into subsurface aquifers and nearby rivers. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Observations on the geology and geohydrology of the Chernobyl' nuclear accident site, Ukraine
Series title:
International Geology Review
Volume
36
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
International Geology Review
First page:
203
Last page:
211