Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 14, 657–672, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-657-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 657–672, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-657-2020
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14 Feb 2020
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Cryoconite: an efficient accumulator of radioactive fallout in glacial environments

Giovanni Baccolo et al.

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Cryoconite is the sediment found on the surface of glaciers. The paper presents cryoconite as an environmental matrix able to accumulate natural and artificial radioactivity with unprecedented efficiency. Only samples from sites where nuclear accidents and explosions occurred present a stronger radioactive contamination. The peculiarities of glacial environments are responsible for this extreme feature, making cryoconite a useful tool tool for the monitoring of environmental radioactivity.