Researchers prepare soil maps to help manage nuclear crisis

04/5/2011 |

Scientists at West Virginia University's Geospatial Research Unit are mapping soil types in Pacific Coast states to model the potential effect of airborne radiation from Japan's stricken nuclear plants. The researchers are using digital mapping systems to consolidate 35 million individual soil-profile maps into a single tool containing information about 22,000 different types of soil, each with different radiation-sequestering properties.

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