Distribution of 129I in terrestrial surface water environments

Xuegao Chen, Meng Gong, Peng Yi, Ala Aldahan, Zhongbo Yu, Göran Possnert, Li Chen

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The global distribution of the radioactive isotope iodine-129 in surface waters (lakes and rivers) is presented here and compared with the atmospheric deposition and distribution in surface marine waters. The results indicate relatively high concentrations in surface water systems in close vicinity of the anthropogenic release sources as well as in parts of Western Europe, North America and Central Asia. 129I level is generally higher in the terrestrial surface water of the Northern hemisphere compared to the southern hemisphere. The highest values of 129I appear around 50°N and 40°S in the northern and southern hemisphere, separately. Direct gaseous and marine atmospheric emissions are the most likely avenues for the transport of 129I from the sources to the terrestrial surface waters. To apply iodine-129 as process tracer in terrestrial surface water environment, more data are needed on 129I distribution patterns both locally and globally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-608
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2015


  • Distribution
  • Iodine-129
  • Terrestrial environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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