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Geochemical Journal, Vol. 46 (No. 4), pp. 297-302, 2012

Investigation of cesium adsorption on soil and sediment samples from Fukushima Prefecture by sequential extraction and EXAFS technique

Haibo Qin,1,2 Yuka Yokoyama,2 Qiaohui Fan,2 Hokuto Iwatani,2 Kazuya Tanaka,3 Aya Sakaguchi,2 Yutaka Kanai,4 Jianming Zhu,1 Yuichi Onda5 and Yoshio Takahashi2

1State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang 550002, China
2Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8526, Japan
3Institute for Sustainable Sciences and Development, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530, Japan
4Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567, Japan
5Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan

(Received April 6, 2012; Accepted June 4, 2012)

Abstract: Previous studies have shown that radiocesium (mainly 137Cs) was retained at the very surface of soils in Fukushima Prefecture. Clay minerals and micas are assumed as the main sorbents for cesium (Cs) in Fukushima, but direct evidence is lacking for this hypothesis. In this study, radiocesium in the natural sample (soil and sediment) from Fukushima Prefecture was investigated through sequential extraction experiment (modified BCR method), which showed that more than 94% of 137Cs was fixed in the residual phase. The results indicated that most of Cs occurred in the interlayer of phyllosilicate minerals. Furthermore, Cs LIII-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) showed that the Cs species adsorbed on the natural samples were very similar to those adsorbed on clay minerals and micas. This finding provided the direct evidence on the significant contribution of clay minerals or micas to Cs retention in soils from Fukushima Prefecture.
Key words: cesium, adsorption, clay minerals, sequential extraction, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), Fukushima


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