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Plutonium and the Rio Grande: Environmental Change and Contamination in the Nuclear Age

By: William L Graf

356 pages, 48 b/w photos, 84 illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Apr 1995 | #41392 | ISBN: 0195089332
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About this book

Workers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory dumped waste plutonium from the Manhattan Project and other nuclear weapons projects into canyons draining into the Rio Grande. This book studies the movement of the plutonium through the river system. The analytic methods employed will serve as a model for applications elsewhere.


"This book is an excellent example of how to approach the complexities of identifying the fate of environmental contaminants. ... This book succeeds as a tale of environmental detective work and also serves as a good example of an environmental geology text book. It also provides a much needed data base of references that will be invaluable for anyone working in thes Rio Grande Drainage." -- Journal of Environmental Quality
"PLutonium, an element named for the god of the dead, continues to be a highly controversial environmental issue. . .this study could serve as a model in analyzing plutonium and othe heavy metal contamination occurring elsewhere." --Choice
"Persons with little training in environmental matters will have no difficulty with this book, and, indeed, will find it most instructive and insightful. . . .If ever anyone needed evidence of stream dynamics, she or he would need go no further than this book. Plutonium is its explicit subject. Implicitly, though, the bo


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