Scientists to test Arctic for radioactivity

Scientists to test Arctic for radioactivity

July 20, 2021

The research program of Rosgydromet is designed for three years.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The expedition aboard the Ivan Petrov research vessel with the participation of researchers from the leading organization of Rosgydromet in the field of radiation monitoring of the environment – the Typhoon research and production association – is studying the sinking sites of nuclear submarines and other potentially dangerous radioactive objects in the Kara sea. The head of the expedition, Georgy Artemiev, told TASS about this.

The expedition aboard the Ivan Petrov research

“We will conduct research in Stepovoy bay on Novaya Zemlya, one area in the Novaya Zemlya depression and monitoring in the area of the Amderma village: sampling of surface and bottom water, bottom sediments, as well as biota – algae and mussels. In addition, we will take soil samples in Amderma. We will carry out sampling of radioactive aerosols along the entire route”, explained Georgy Artemyev.

The samples will be analyzed on board, but the main results will be obtained after laboratory tests upon return. The research program is designed for three years. In 2020, the expedition took place in September-October.

The research program is designed for three years

The analysis of last year’s samples is still ongoing. There are no results yet, however, according to preliminary findings, in general, scientists have not found excess of global levels. The data obtained will also be compared with the results of expeditions in the 1990s and 2010s. Ivan Petrov ship will return to Arhangelsk by August 10th.

Earlier we wrote about the Smart Arctic project, which is being developed by Rosatom.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: and Irina Skalina

July 20, 2021

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