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  •  Cesium 137 is a radioactive isotope (11+ / 0-)

    resulting from nuclear fission while Cesium 133 is a regular metal. An isotope differs from the element. Here's Argonne's explanation.

    Also from wikipedia

    All caesium-137 existing today is unique in that it is totally anthropogenic (man-made). Unlike most other radioisotopes, caesium-137 is not produced from its non-radioactive isotope but from uranium,[6] meaning that until now, it has not occurred on Earth for billions of years.

    Exposure to excessive amounts of radioactive cesium increases cancer risks.

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    by Siri on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 09:02:30 PM PDT

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    •  thanks for the info Siri (4+ / 0-)
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      I hope that stuff doesn't somehow

      get caught up in the Jet Stream,

      and somehow "jumps the Pacific".

      Hope it doesn't fall out into the Pacific either.

      Hope it doesn't hurt the locals in Japan.

      I guess that's a lot of hoping.

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      by jamess on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 09:12:50 PM PDT

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      •  i think we're all hoping for the best (5+ / 0-)

        In the Fukushima liveblogs, there were several people that had discussions about how cesium would affect marine life. I seem to remember that it actually settled to the ocean floor but affected fish could swim away. I'm not sure how that would work it's way through the food chain.

        I posted this to the Fukushima group so maybe someone from there will stop in an can answer how this can effect the marine environment much better than I can.

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        by Siri on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 09:20:13 PM PDT

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        •  We're hoping for the best, but still not preparing (1+ / 0-)
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          for anything remotely close to the 'worst'.  

          Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

          by Into The Woods on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 10:17:17 PM PDT

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        •  We'll probably hear from the usual suspects (2+ / 0-)
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          that the ocean is really big and cesium pollution is ubiquitously distributed in the sea as low level background radiation, and since we're not all dead yet, it must be harmless.
          ... unfortunately ignoring that cesium is taken up by plants and animals much as potassium is and passed along and concentrated in predation with health effects developing subtly over time.

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          by Andhakari on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 12:14:59 AM PDT

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      •  It has most certainly jumped Pacific. (1+ / 0-)
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        Again, check the file at enenews. Or try Joieau's diaries.

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