Radionuclide uptake and growth of barn swallows nesting by radioactive leaching ponds.

Abstract

Populations of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) nested seasonally near the Test Reactor Area (TRA) radioactive leaching ponds on the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). These birds utilized leaching pond arthropods as a food source and contaminated mud for nest construction and thus accumulated radioactive materials. Over 20 fission and activation… (More)

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