Speciation of iodine (127I and 129I) in lake sediments

E. Englund, A. Aldahan, X. L. Hou, R. Petersen, G. Possnert

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Fallout of anthropogenic 129I at northern Europe has been occurring since the early 1950. Nevertheless, it is still unclear where and how this radioactive iodine is incorporated in the surface environment. In order to elucidate part of this problem, we here present an investigation of the occurrence modes of 129I in varved lake sediments, collected in central Sweden and cover the period 1941-2007. Using a sequential extraction method, the results of 129I and 127I indicate that the partitioning of the two isotopes were more or less similar, despite the large gradient of 129I within the sediment. Organic bound iodine was the dominant form over other fractions, while iodine bound to metal oxides was negligible. The leachable part constituted 5-6% of the iodine. Diagenetic influence seems to exert a limited effect on distribution of iodine in the examined sediment section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1102-1105
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • Iodine-129
  • La Hague
  • Nuclear reprocessing
  • Sediment
  • Sellafield
  • Speciation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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