Cesium-137 in Alaskan Eskimos

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Science  04 Oct 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3588, pp. 64-66
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3588.64


During the summer of 1962, levels of radioactivity in over 700 people at four villages above the Arctic Circle in Alaska were measured with a transportable whole-body counter. The averages for body burden of cesium-137 were much higher than the average for people in the rest of the United States. The people of the interior village of Anaktuvuk Pass had the highest average burden of cesium-137, which was 421 nanocuries; the maximum burden was 790 nanocuries.