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Natural-Series Radionuclides in Traditional Aboriginal Foods in Tropical Northern Australia: A Review

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This paper gives a review of available information on natural-series radionuclides in traditional Aboriginal foods of northern Australia. Research on this topic has been driven by the coincidence of a number of factors. These include: the presence of uranium mining activities over several decades, particularly within World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and western Arnhem Land, areas which are occupied by Aboriginal people living a semi-traditional lifestyle; the monsoonal tropical climate of the region; early experience of environmental problems resulting from acid mine drainage at the Rum Jungle mine; and recommendations for research made by the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry. The primary focus of the research has been on providing information useful for radiological impact assessment purposes, particularly in relation to intake of uranium series radionuclides by Aboriginal people.

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