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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 263, Issue 1, pp 213–218 | Cite as

The Navruz experiment: Cooperative monitoring for radionuclides and metals in Central Asia transboundary rivers

  • D. S. Barber
  • J. D. Betsill
  • A. H. Mohagheghi
  • H. D. Passell
  • B. Yuldashev
  • U. Salikhbaev
  • A. Djuraev
  • I. Vasiliev
  • V. Solodukhin
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Summary

This paper presents the results of radioecological investigation of Central Asian rivers.<Emphasis Type=”Bold”><Emphasis Type=”Italic”> </Emphasis></Emphasis>This work was done as part of the Navruz Project, a cooperative, transboundary river monitoring project involving rivers and institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and facilitated by Sandia National Laboratories in the United States. The study of waterborne radionuclides and metals concentrations in Central Asia is of particular interest because of the history of nuclear materials mining, fabrication, transport, and storage there, when it was part of the Soviet Union. This development left a legacy of radionuclides and metals contamination in some Central Asian regions, which poses a clear health hazard to populations who rely heavily upon surface water for agricultural irrigation and direct domestic consumption.

Keywords

Radionuclide Kazakhstan Metal Contamination Asian Region Uzbekistan 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. Barber
    • 1
  • J. D. Betsill
    • 2
  • A. H. Mohagheghi
    • 3
  • H. D. Passell
    • 4
  • B. Yuldashev
    • 5
  • U. Salikhbaev
    • 6
  • A. Djuraev
    • 7
  • I. Vasiliev
    • 8
  • V. Solodukhin
    • 9
  1. 1.Sandia National Laboratories
  2. 2.Sandia National Laboratories
  3. 3.Sandia National Laboratories
  4. 4.Sandia National Laboratories
  5. 5.Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Science Academy of Uzbekistan
  6. 6.Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Science Academy of Uzbekistan
  7. 7.Atomic Energy Agency, Tajik Academy of Sciences
  8. 8.Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic
  9. 9.Institute of Nuclear Physics of the National Nuclear Center, Republic of Kazakhstan (INP NNC RK)

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