MEPS 376:307-308 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps07901

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Response of the Black Sea ecosystem to the Chernobyl nuclear accident

Gennady G. Polikarpov*, Viktor N. Egorov

Department of Radiation and Chemical Biology, Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, Sevastopol 99011, Ukraine

ABSTRACT: The most serious accident in a nuclear power plant to date occurred on April 26, 1986, at Chernobyl (Ukraine). Roughly 2% of the total fallout was deposited in the Black Sea basin. We summarize our views regarding the ecological consequences, based on a collective monograph (Polikarpov et al. 2008: Radioecological response of the Black Sea to the Chernobyl accident; in Russian). Radionuclide runoff into the Black Sea continues to this day, but long-term radioecological effects are minor, except for increased radionuclide levels in the sediments of several estuaries.


KEY WORDS: Radiology · Radioecology · Radioactive tracers · Anthropogenic impact


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Cite this article as: Polikarpov GG, Egorov VN (2009) Response of the Black Sea ecosystem to the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 376:307-308. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps07901

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