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European roe deer antlers as an environmental archive for fallout 236U and 239Pu

Froehlich (previously Srncik) , Michaela; Steier, Peter; Wallner, Gabriele; Fifield, L Keith


Anthropogenic 236U and 239Pu were measured in European roe deer antlers hunted between 1955 and 1977 which covers and extends beyond the period of intensive nuclear weapons testing (1954-1962). The antlers were hunting trophies, and hence the hunting area, the year of shooting and the approximate age of each animal is given. Uranium and plutonium are known to deposit in skeletal tissue. Since antler histology is similar to bone, both elements were expected in antlers. Furthermore, roe deer shed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.06.008


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