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Research article
23 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 23 Jun 2016

Rainfall erosivity in catchments contaminated with fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident

J. Patrick Laceby, Caroline Chartin, Olivier Evrard, Yuichi Onda, Laurent Garcia-Sanchez, and Olivier Cerdan

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