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Copper and manganese in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) tissues in the Mediterranean

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Z.K. ANTONIOU, M. DASSENAKIS, D. PANAGOPOULOS, E. SOFOULI
Z.K. ANTONIOU, M. DASSENAKIS, D. PANAGOPOULOS, E. SOFOULI

Abstract


The natural radionuclides 238U ,234Th, 40K and the main man-made 137Cs, have been studied inMytilus galloprovincialis (Lamarck, 1819) sampled in the Thermaikos gulf – North Aegean Sea, considered as a bioindicator for radiological assessment in the Mediterranean. The ratio 234U/238U has also been determined. In terms of 137Cs, the activity concentrations in seawater from the studied area have been measured as well, and the concentration factors of 137Cs in Mytilus galloprovincialis are given as a parameter of the organism response to radioactive pollution.

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