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The Arctic terrestrial system is more vulnerable to man-made radioactive contamination than temperate areas. The exposure of people in the Arctic and subarctic is, for the general population, about five times higher than that expected in a temperate area. However, for part of the population the exposure could be more than 100 times higher than expected for similar fallout in temperate areas. The major sources of anthropogenic radionuclides in the Arctic are global fallout from nuclear bomb tests, releases from European nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, and fallout from the Chernobyl accident.
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