Reuters: Cesium remains dispersed throughout water column “from the surface to the ocean floor”

Published: May 29th, 2012 at 1:54 am ET
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Fukushima radiation seen in tuna off California
Reuters
Deborah Zabarenko
May 28, 2012

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unlike some other compounds, radioactive cesium does not quickly sink to the sea bottom but remains dispersed in the water column, from the surface to the ocean floor.

Fish can swim right through it, ingesting it through their gills, by taking in seawater or by eating organisms that have already taken it in, [Study author Daniel Madigan of Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station] said.

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31 comments to Reuters: Cesium remains dispersed throughout water column “from the surface to the ocean floor”

  • Does this remind anyone of BP's Corexit/oil in the Gulf of Mexico? Grrrrrrr
    Fukushima fallout, debris and other radiation contamination monitoring links
    http://realitycheck.no-ip.info/forum/index.php/board,24.0.html


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    • Shhh….
      I am afraid they will try to convince us COREXIT will cause the radioactive particles to sink.


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      • Well, it is hard to grow sunflowers on the surface of the ocean …

        Now, the particles will disperse as the fish grows. I imagine all the fishermen will dutifully wait for the fish to grow to maximum size before catching.

        Also, as the fish grows it eats other contaminated fish which offsets the dispersal-by-growing effect.

        And, I do wonder if a hot particle lodged in the lung of an ape will "disperse" as the ape grows up. I don't think so.

        They also told us the fish wouldn't be affected for another year or so (even Arnie was going to keep eating fish until next year). And, they said the Cesium would just drop to the ocean floor.

        That's where the phytoplankton live, the source of half the world's oxygen:

        Source of Half Earth's Oxygen Gets Little Credit
        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/0607_040607_phytoplankton.html

        In any case, we now have low levels of a completely new isotope to munch down on in addition to the mercury already in fish.


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        • arclight arclight

          @pu239

          "They also told us the fish wouldn't be affected for another year or so (even Arnie was going to keep eating fish until next year). And, they said the Cesium would just drop to the ocean floor."

          they should have read enenews and they might have a few cans of pre corexit and pre daichi flavoured food.. did arnie stop reading enenews? :/

          interesting that these recent "truth " articles are appearing.. trying to hide the new found interest in local nuclear power plants pollution maybe? also explains the move to burning nuclear waste instead of using more expensive methods of disposal…

          glad of this report though and the others.. but keep your giegers on for big local emissions.. the pro nukes are up to something..

          maybe covering up their own messes in other countries..

          just saying!


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        :-) You betcha they will.


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  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Just bringing the "On The Beach" movie closer to reality.

    Just absurd that it took over a year for the "academics" to understand such a simple concept.


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  • goathead goathead

    Yes it does remind me of BP's ongoing crisis!! What is this????? Some sort of sick wager between multinationals????????


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear radiation plants must be outlawed. If they were outlawed, we wouldn't be ingesting Cesium. Time to outlaw this stuff. Where are the politicians?


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  • Sue

    Maybe the Trade Union should take a look at RICHIE ENRICHMENT AND HIS WORLD OF ADVENTURES, it might just change their minds. Apparently, this is what is on the UK Schools National Curriculum from URENCO, my favourite (and local) Uranium Enrichment supplier.

    http://www.urenco.com/richie/

    http://www.urenco.com/content/457/richie-takes-silver!.aspx

    I'm definitely going to be taking a closer look at my kids science books.


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      The very word "enrichment" as applied to uranium is spin. Let's call it "impoverishment" because that is its overall effect.

      The deeper we go, the deeper it gets (concept borrowed from Jamie Andreas).


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  • Spectrometising

    The concentration of nuke depends on which school of Fish/thought they used to get the data.

    And also provides that no other cesium with a melted/boiled/evaporated during that time, and that the column of Cs134/137 remained stationary like a pillar of salt.

    And that the tuna stopped eating after leaving the waters and because only cesium was tested, then other nukes like Strontium90/etc did not exist.

    I like the "column of water" analogy spin for its cleverness to make one think it is stationary in a single body of water, mythicaly only found near Japan like an obedient child.


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  • Sickputer

    "Fish can swim right through it, ingesting it through their gills, by taking in seawater or by eating organisms that have already taken it in, [Study author Daniel Madigan of Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station] said."

    SP: I mentioned in another thread that Chipman (1956) discovered cesium readily passes through tuna skin. Beach swimmers in Tokyo and west coast USA don't possess Hulk skin.


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    • Sam

      What about the fog that rolls in from Pacific Ocean
      in summertime here in California. So if cesium readily
      passes through tuna skin, then what about the aerosilized
      cesium in the fog. Humor is the only way to live with
      ongoing cascading catastrophe. How come Obama
      has not gone back to Hawaii and swam in the Ocean?


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      • Sickputer

        Oh yeah… Forgot to mention… Probably should be in anomalies, but speaking of skin penetration. Don't leave your toilet seat up… It gets dusty you know. Invasion of the butt cesium particles. Or RTDs for short (Radiation Transmitted Diseases). See… your momma or grandma was right ahead of her time.

        Lest you think I joke… I have been lowering all toilet seats at home for over a year. Dust can kill you and it doesn't have to enter only through your lungs and stomach. HEPA filters help, but they don't buy those at your workplace unless you worked for Kodak before they went bankrupt in late January. Now the pensioners at Kodak are also unable to buy home HEPA filters.

        Perhaps it is poetic justice that Kodak went belly-up after their 1951 inspirational blackmail succeeded against the AEC (NRC's daddy):

        http://www.nuclearcrimes.org/2-4.php

        The employees in the know had a free 36 year get-out-of-the-bomb-fallout pass and the rest of the world's downwinders just sucked it up, drank the hotspot strontium milk, and died of cancers by the millions. Glad you Kodies could join us for this Fukushima sleigh ride straight to nuclear hell. Hang on tight because it's going to be a bumpy screaming trip.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    This is an old test just now making it's way into the media. I doubt anyone running the test has a clue as to how the cesium got there despite the water column theory. Column gives the impression of a stationary, rather round and not too big vertical pole of water in a vast ocean. The reality is that a great portion of the ocean was contaminated. Not a water column or two. I think the trace contamination found i these few fish was from the first fall out event. And, in agreement with Arnie, next year will begin to show both additional fall out events and bioaccumulation and higher concentrations in all sea life. Sadly, this IS a truthtelling article in a manner of speaking. It also wildly misses the mark.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    And, lest we forget, the more dispersed radiation is, the wider the area it will effect. We all know here that dispersement doesn't mean "less of" just because there's more space between the radioactive particles. 100 particles of deadly radiation are still 100 particles of deadly radiation. The point of reassurance about dispersement is based on the old, outdated, and debunked theories that low level radiation was safer rather than more harmful than short term high doses. But, we now know that the low doses don't stimulate the body's immune response like the high doses do, so the body remains unaware and unprotected.


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