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Feb6-12, 09:38 PM
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Quote Quote by r-j View Post
Does the dangerous radioactive cesium form inert compounds as well?
Cesium reacts very much as the other alkaline metals such as sodium or potassium, forming similar compounds.
Indeed, the metal is taken up by plants and animals in substitution for potassium, which is why potassium soil enrichment has been proposed as a way to reduce the crop contamination in the affected areas. It is also possible to flush the cesium from the body, as the replacement time in muscle tissue is about 3 months, unlike the calcium equivalents such as strontium that get incorporated into bone.