[ RadSafe ] cesium in soil

cobdw at tds.net cobdw at tds.net
Mon Sep 18 13:48:48 CDT 2006

Dear Mr. Schonhofer,
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my inquiry.  I appreciate all replies to my inquiries on radsafe.  I find that the forum and people who participate on this resource are very helpful and knowledgeable.  However, as usual, you ask more questions about the subject than providing answers.  It causes me to wonder as to why you even bother.  Yes, I am very aware that the concentrations of Cs-137 in soil vary greatly across large expanses of land (e.g., US, Russia, Europe).  Matter of fact, in my search for information I found several documents from the EPA that support this.  However, the results were in Bq/meter squared rather than the pCi/gram.  I am not in a position to make assumptions as to the density of the soil for the various regions to ascertain the results I needed for the area of concern.  I merely required some form of documentation to reference.  I was not trivial in the way that I posed my question.  I was attempting to solicit the broadest array of commen!
 ts or references possible.  As such, Jim Muckerheide did provide me with an excellent link to a resource that hit the proverbial nail on the head. Again, thank you for your time and opinion.

D. Coble

> From: "Franz Schönhofer" <franz.schoenhofer at gmail.com>
> Date: 2006/09/16 Sat PM 06:08:47 EDT
> To: "cobdw at tds.net" <cobdw at tds.net>
> CC: radsafe at radlab.nl
> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] cesium in soil
> The distribution of Cs-137 on a world-wide scale and even in the US is
> extremely ununiforme. Using an "average amount", however this would be
> defined is therefore not justified for any calculations. An average
> concentration on European terrritory involving an "average amount" for
> Europe would be ridiculous, much more when referring to the huge variations
> in concentrations not only on a large scale, but even on a scale of a few
> hundred meters.
> The Cs-137 concentrations in the US varies as everywhere else on this
> planet.
> I do not know, what you need the data for, but I urge you to consider the
> huge variations.
> Franz
> 2006/9/13, cobdw at tds.net <cobdw at tds.net>:
> >
> > I am looking for a reference that will tell me the average amount of
> > Cs-137 in pCi/g in the the soil in the US.
> >
> > Thanks for any help that you can provide.
> > Sincerely,
> > D. Coble
> >
> >
> >
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