Plutonium Speciation in Water from Mono Lake, California

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Science  23 Dec 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4630, pp. 1323-1325
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4630.1323


The solubility of plutonium in Mono Lake water is enhanced by the presence of large concentrations of indigenous carbonate ions and moderate concentrations of fluoride ions. In spite of the complex chemical composition of this water, only a few ions govern the behavior of plutonium, as demonstrated by the fact that it was possible to duplicate plutonium speciation in a synthetic water containing only the principal components of Mono Lake water.