The Kyrghyz Republic, located in the southeastern region of the former Soviet Union, holds a long history of atomic weapons development activities.
Historical surveys, conducted primarily for geological exploration, have indicated that areas of shoreline on Lake Issyk-Kyol in the Kyrghyz Republic have relative radiation levels in excess of background by as much as a factor of ten.
Nuclear testing in China and uranium mining operations in the mountains surrounding the lake may have resulted in the contamination of a number of areas on the lake's southern shore.
The valley region maintains a population of more than one-half-million persons and is heavily dependent on the lake to draw tourists to the area and its utilization by some as a food and recreation source.
In this note, we show the results of a screening assessment of relative radiation levels along the shoreline of Lake Issyk-Kyol to pin-point areas of relatively high exposure rates.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Homme, Pollution eau, Kirghizistan, Asie, Lac, Radiocontamination, Irradiation ionisante, Thorium, Rayonnement fond, Dose rayonnement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Human, Water pollution, Kyrgyzstan, Asia, Lakes, Radioactive contamination, Ionizing irradiation, Thorium, Background radiation, Radiation dose
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0487201
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 22/03/2000.