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The use of lead isotopes in monitoring environmental impacts of uranium and lead mining in Northern Australia

Munksgaard, Niels C., Brazier, Jennifer A., Moir, Cristy M. and Parry, David L. (2003). The use of lead isotopes in monitoring environmental impacts of uranium and lead mining in Northern Australia. Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science,56(2-3):233-238.

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Title The use of lead isotopes in monitoring environmental impacts of uranium and lead mining in Northern Australia
Author Munksgaard, Niels C.
Brazier, Jennifer A.
Moir, Cristy M.
Parry, David L.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 56
Issue Number 2-3
ISSN 0004-9425   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0038368876
Start Page 233
End Page 238
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Field of Research 0399 - Other Chemical Sciences
CHEMICAL SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Lead isotope ratios, determined by inductively coupled plasma quadropole mass spectrometry (ICPMS), have been used to assess environmental impacts from uranium and lead mining in northern Australia. The lead isotope composition of most environmental samples contained evidence of mixing of two or more end-member components; their characteristic lead isotope ratios allowed lead sources to be unambiguously identified. The isotopic characteristics and sources identified include highly radiogenic lead ( low(207)Pb/Pb-206 and Pb-208/Pb-206 ratios) in sediments from the Finniss River derived from the former Rum Jungle uranium mine; relatively non-radiogenic lead (high Pb-207/Pb-206 and Pb-208/Pb-206 ratios) in the livers of magpie geese from the Finniss River floodplains, originating from lead ores via ingested lead shot; and relatively non-radiogenic lead in seagrass leaves and oyster soft tissue from the Gulf of Carpentaria resulting from dispersion of small amounts of lead-zinc concentrate from a coastal loading facility.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH02239   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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