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  1. A preliminary study on 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs activity concentrations in vegetables and fruits frequently consumed by inhabitants of Elazig Region, Turkey

    Determining radioactivity levels in foodstuffs is of great importance for the protection of human health. In addition, the literature includes few studies related to this subject in Turkey. In this study, gamma spectroscopic system was used in order to measure 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs activity concentrations in vegetables and fruits produced in Elazig( Region. The average activity concentrations in vegetables was calculated as 0.64 ± 0.26 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra, 0.65 ± 0.14 Bq kg-1 for 232Th, 13.98 ± 1.22 Bq kg-1 for 40K, and 0.54 ± 0.04 Bq kg-1 for 137Cs. The average activity concentrations in fruits were 1.52 ± 0.34, 0.98 ± 0.23, 18.66 ± 1.13 and 0.59 ± 0.16 Bq kg-1, respectively for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs. Total committed effective dose value was determined as 20 and 30.55 μSv y-1, respectively for vegetables and fruits. The findings were compared with previous data reported for Turkey and other regions of the world. (author)

  2. Distribution of 226 Ra, 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs in soils of Province of Camaguey, Cuba

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Province of Camaguey in the eastern region of Cuba was undertaken. The average concentrations of 226 Ra, 232 Th, and 40 K in the surveyed soils were 26.4, 11.5 and 210 Bq.kg-1, respectively. The man-made radionuclide found was 137 Cs and its concentration was similar to those reported in regions affected only by global radioactive fallout, (7.9 Bq.kg-1). Radiological measurements carried out with a portable ionization chamber RSS-112 at the sampled sites revealed an average outdoor absorbed dose rate of 59.0 nGy.h-1 due to cosmic rays and terrestrial gamma radiation. Computed dose rates obtained through the UNSCEAR(1993) dose coefficients range from 4-182 nGy.h-1, with a mean value of 27.8 nGy.h-1, due to natural terrestrial gamma radiation. Ratio of Indoor to Outdoor absorbed dose rates in air was 1.75. The average value of absorbed dose rate in air for the ionizing component of cosmic rays was 31.8 nGy.h-1 at sea level. Because of the 95% of the Camaguey population lives at altitudes close to sea level (10-100 m), the absorbed dose rate in outdoor air from ionizing component of cosmic rays was estimated to be 32.3 nGy.h-1. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 510 μSv was estimated for Camaguey population due to the ionizing component of cosmic and gamma terrestrial radiation. This value is lower than the 760 μSv.year-1 estimated as a world average by UNSCEAR (1993). (author)

  3. Analysis of 226Ra, 232Th 40К and 137Cs in samples of soil from some areas of Republic of Macedonia by using gamma spectrometry

    Todorovik Aleksandra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Taking into consideration the importance of the distribution and transfer of radio nuclides in soil, an attempt was made in this work to determine the concentration of 226Ra, 232Th 40К and 137Cs in the same. The concentrations of activity in the gamma-absorbed dose rates of the terrestrial naturally occurring radio nuclides, as follows, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were determined in samples of soil collected from some parts of Republic of Macedonia, i.e. from three major cities in the Republic of Macedonia. The samples are taken by means of a special dosage dispenser which enables sampling of samples at a depth of 0-5 cm, 5-10cm and 10-15cm, thus disabling the sampling above these layers of soil. An identification of radio nuclides and assessment of their activity has been performed by applying gamma spectrometry. The time of counting for each sample was 65000 s. in order to obtain statistically small mistake. The spectrums were analyzed by a commercially available software GENIE-2000 received from Canberra, Austria. The activity of soil had wide range of values: 20.3 to 82.9 Bq kg-1for 226Ra, 16.1 to 82.5 Bq kg-1 for 232Th, 325 to 799.0 Bq kg-1for 40К and 9.1 to 24.3 Bq kg-1for 137Cs, respectively. The concentrations of these radio nuclides have been compared with the available data from the other countries. Natural environmental radioactivity and the associated external exposure due to gamma radiation depend primarily on the geological and geographical conditions. Namely, the specific levels of terrestrial environmental radiation are related to the type of rocks from which the soils originate. The obtained data indicate that the average value of activity of 232Th is about higher than the one of 226Ra The concentration of activity of 40К in the soil has greater value than 32Th and 226Ra in all soils. The causes for the existence of 137Cs in these soils are the nuclear explosions, waste radioactive materials and other incidents. It reaches the

  4. Quantification of transfer of {sup 238}U, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs in mosses of a semi-natural ecosystem

    Dragovic, S., E-mail: sdragovic@inep.co.r [Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy - INEP, University of Belgrade, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Mihailovic, N. [Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy - INEP, University of Belgrade, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Gajic, B. [Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Land Management, Laboratory of Soil Physics, University of Belgrade, Nemanjina 6, 11081 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2010-02-15

    There is a lack of appropriate data on transfer of some radionuclides on many terrestrial biota groups. To expand the available data concentration ratios of {sup 238}U, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs in mosses are presented in this paper. The relationship between concentration ratios of radionuclides and physicochemical characteristics of the underlying soil was also investigated. The data on concentration ratios obtained here will provide a useful addition to the currently used database of transfer parameters, particularly for natural radionuclides.

  5. Concentration in activity of 137 Cs, 40 K, 232 Th, 226 Ra in waste deposits of the benefits of minerals in the State of Zacatecas

    The necessity to report the changes in the contained radionuclides in the terrestrial crust, or those deposited by the atomic tests around the world, becomes clear when observing the use of material of waste of those mines. With the purpose of quantifying the concentration in activity its were meet a series of waste samples in mines of the municipalities of Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Guadalupe and Veta Grande of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. The analysis was carried out by gamma spectrometry with a HPGe detector with a resolution of 1.9 keV corresponding to an energy of 1.33 MeV calibrated in efficiency and energy by means of a certified standard multi nuclide in activity with identical geometry to that of the samples. The times of count are of 80000 seconds, with the purpose of to reduce the relative uncertainties and to define well the interest regions. The activity of 226 Ra and 232 Th is obtained through the one 214 Bi and 228 Ac respectively, the concentration was also measured in activity of the one 40 K and the 137 Cs in units of Bq kg-1. (Author)

  6. Distribution of {sup 226} Ra, {sup 232} Th, {sup 40} K and {sup 137} Cs in soils of Province of Camaguey, Cuba

    Flores, Osvaldo Brigido; Barreras Caballero, Aldo A.; Montalvan Estrada, Adelmo; Queipo Garcia, Maite [Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia y Medio Ambiente, Camaguey (Cuba). Centro de Atencion a la Actividad Nuclear. Lab. de Vigilancia Radiologica Ambiental]. E-mail: sean@caonao.cmw.inf.cu; Zerquera, Juan Tomas [Centro de Proteccion y Higiene de las Radiaciones, La Habana (Cuba)

    2001-07-01

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Province of Camaguey in the eastern region of Cuba was undertaken. The average concentrations of {sup 226} Ra, {sup 232} Th, and {sup 40} K in the surveyed soils were 26.4, 11.5 and 210 Bq.kg{sup -1}, respectively. The man-made radionuclide found was {sup 137} Cs and its concentration was similar to those reported in regions affected only by global radioactive fallout, (7.9 Bq.kg{sup -1}). Radiological measurements carried out with a portable ionization chamber RSS-112 at the sampled sites revealed an average outdoor absorbed dose rate of 59.0 nGy.h{sup -1} due to cosmic rays and terrestrial gamma radiation. Computed dose rates obtained through the UNSCEAR(1993) dose coefficients range from 4-182 nGy.h{sup -1}, with a mean value of 27.8 nGy.h{sup -1}, due to natural terrestrial gamma radiation. Ratio of Indoor to Outdoor absorbed dose rates in air was 1.75. The average value of absorbed dose rate in air for the ionizing component of cosmic rays was 31.8 nGy.h{sup -1} at sea level. Because of the 95% of the Camaguey population lives at altitudes close to sea level (10-100 m), the absorbed dose rate in outdoor air from ionizing component of cosmic rays was estimated to be 32.3 nGy.h{sup -1}. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 510 {mu}Sv was estimated for Camaguey population due to the ionizing component of cosmic and gamma terrestrial radiation. This value is lower than the 760 {mu}Sv.year{sup -1} estimated as a world average by UNSCEAR (1993). (author)

  7. Concentration in activity of {sup 137} Cs, {sup 40} K, {sup 232} Th, {sup 226} Ra in waste deposits of the benefits of minerals in the State of Zacatecas; Concentracion en actividad de {sup 137} Cs, {sup 40} K, {sup 232} Th, {sup 226} Ra en depositos de desecho del beneficio de minerales en el Estado de Zacatecas

    Leal, B.; Mireles, F.; Quirino, L.; Davila, I.; Ramirez, F. [UAZ, A.P. 579C, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The necessity to report the changes in the contained radionuclides in the terrestrial crust, or those deposited by the atomic tests around the world, becomes clear when observing the use of material of waste of those mines. With the purpose of quantifying the concentration in activity its were meet a series of waste samples in mines of the municipalities of Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Guadalupe and Veta Grande of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. The analysis was carried out by gamma spectrometry with a HPGe detector with a resolution of 1.9 keV corresponding to an energy of 1.33 MeV calibrated in efficiency and energy by means of a certified standard multi nuclide in activity with identical geometry to that of the samples. The times of count are of 80000 seconds, with the purpose of to reduce the relative uncertainties and to define well the interest regions. The activity of {sup 226} Ra and {sup 232} Th is obtained through the one {sup 214} Bi and {sup 228} Ac respectively, the concentration was also measured in activity of the one {sup 40} K and the {sup 137} Cs in units of Bq kg{sup -1}. (Author)

  8. Evaluation of 226Ra, 232Th, 137Cs and 40K “Agaricus Bisporus” Activity in Cultivated Edible Mushroom formed in Tehran Province- Iran

    Vahid Changizi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Natural and man made radioactive sources exist in our environment they can enter into our food chains. One of these is the soil-mushroom-human chain. High level doses of natural radiation can cause hazards to humans. Materials and Methods Samples of Agaricus bisporus cultivated edible mushroom in Tehran province- Iran were collected from 7 farms. Specific activity of 226Ra, 228Ra, 137Cs, 40K and 235U of the samples were measured by two HPGe detectors. Results Specific activity of 226Ra, 228Ra, 137Cs and 40K in the edible mushroom samples were equal to 0.06 ± 0.03 - 0.7 ± 0.2 Bq kg-1 dry, 1.4 ± 0.7 Bq kg-1 dry, 0.1 ± 0.03- 0.3 ± 0.1 Bq kg-1dry and 920 ± 400 - 1370 ± 900 Bq kg-1dry , respectively. Conclusion As the measured concentrations of the radionuclides of interest are close or lower than MDA (Minimum Detectable Activity. Consumption of the mushrooms would impose no health consequences to the consumers.

  9. Measurement and Analysis of Specific Activities of 238U, 232Th,226Ra, 40K and 137Cs in Soil Samples from Phatthalung Province (Thailand) using Gamma Ray Spectrometry

    Full text: Specific activity of natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K ) and anthropogenic radionuclide (137Cs) in 109 soil samples collected from 11 districts in Phathalung province have been measured and analyzed. Experimental results were obtained by using a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector and gamma spectrometry analysis system at Nuclear and Material Physics laboratory in Department of Physics Faculty of Science Thaksin University Songkhla Campus. Gamma ray radioactive standard sources 60Co, 137Cs and 133Ba were used to calibrate the measurement system. The KCl and two reference materials (RGU-1 and RGTh-1) obtained from the International Atomic Energy Agency were also used to analyze and compute the 40K, 238U (or 226Ra) and 232Th specific activity in all soil samples. The IAEA/SL-2 was also used to evaluate the specific activity of 137Cs in all soil samples. The measuring time of each sample was 10,800 seconds. It was found that specific activity ranged from 148.17 to 11276.78 Bq/kg for 40K, 58.29 to 518.45 Bq/kg for 226Ra, 8.40 to 236.19 Bq/kg for 232Th and 0.00 tp 12.39 Bq/kg for 137Cs with mean values of 3573.35 ± 203.89 Bq/kg, 135.89 ± 6.71 Bq/kg, 76.34 ± 5.32 Bq/kg and 1.05 ± 0.70 Bq/kg respectively. Furthermore, absorbed dose rate in air (D), radium equivalent activity (Raeq), external hazard index (Hex), and annual effective dose rate (AEDout) of this area were also evaluated by using the mean values of specific activities of the 40K, 226Ra and 232Th. Moreover, the experimental results were also compared with Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) research data, Thailand and global radioactivity measurement and evaluations. The radioactive contour maps of specific activities of natural and anthropogenic radionuclides from this study were created by using the program ArcGis Version 9.2

  10. Investigation of (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, (137)Cs, and heavy metal concentrations in Anzali international wetland using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy.

    Zare, Mohammad Reza; Kamali, Mahdi; Fallahi Kapourchali, Maryam; Bagheri, Hashem; Khoram Bagheri, Mahdi; Abedini, Ali; Pakzad, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    Measurements of natural radioactivity levels and heavy metals in sediment and soil samples of the Anzali international wetland were carried out by two HPGe-gamma ray spectrometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy techniques. The concentrations of (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs in sediment samples ranged between 1.05 ± 0.51-5.81 ± 0.61, 18.06 ± 0.63-33.36 ± .0.34, 17.57 ± 0.38-45.84 ± 6.23, 371.88 ± 6.36-652.28 ± 11.60, and 0.43 ± 0.06-63.35 ± 0.94 Bq/kg, while in the soil samples they vary between 2.36-5.97, 22.71-38.37, 29.27-42.89, 472.66-533, and 1.05-9.60 Bq/kg for (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs, respectively. Present results are compared with the available literature data and also with the world average values. The radium equivalent activity was well below the defined limit of 370 Bq/kg. The external hazard indices were found to be less than 1, indicating a low dose. Heavy metal concentrations were found to decrease in order as Fe > Mn > Sr > Zn > Cu > Cr > Ni > Pb > Co > Cd. These measurements will serve as background reference levels for the Anzali wetland. PMID:26490904

  11. Specific Activities and Radioactive Contour Maps of Natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K ) and Anthropogenic (137Cs) Radionuclides in Beach Sand Samples Collected from Nai Yang Beach of Phuket Province After Tsunai Disaster

    Full text: Specific activities of natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K) and artificial anthropogenic (137Cs) radionuclides in 50 beach sand samples collected from Nai Yang beach in Phuket province which was effected from 2004 tsunami disaster, have been studied and measured. Experimental results were obtained by using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector and gamma spectrometry analysis system and also evaluated by using the standard reference materials IAEA/RGU-1, IAEA/RGTh-1, KCL and SL-2 which were obtained from Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkhla University Hat Yai Campus. Experimental set-up and measurements were operated and carried out at Nuclear and Material Physics Laboratory in Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Thaksin University Songkhla Campus. It was found that, the beach sand specific activity ranges from 862.50 to 3,356.35 Bq/kg for 40K, 3.51- 28.58 Bq/kg for 226Ra, 10.15 to 30.22 Bq/kg for 232Th and 0.00 to 2.39 Bq/kg for 137Cs with mean values of 1,843.03 ± 152.49 Bq/kg, 14.88 ± 3.30 Bq/kg, 19.19 ± 2.80 Bq/kg and 0.14 ± 0.11 Bq/kg, respectively. Furthermore, the results were also used to evaluate the absorbed dose rates in air (D), the radium equivalent (Raeq), the external hazard index (Hex) and the annual effective dose rate (AED) in all beach area. Moreover, experimental results were also compared to the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) research data, Thailand and global radioactivity measurements and evaluation, the recommended values which were proposed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, 1979) and United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR, 1988, 1993, 2000). Specific activities of natural and artificial anthropogenic radionuclides in all of Nai Yang beach sand samples could be also used to create the radioactive contour maps

  12. [Uptake of radionuclides from soil to plant and the discovery of 226Ra, 232Th hyperaccumulator].

    Zhang, Zhi-Qiang; Chen, Di-Yun; Song, Gang; Yue, Yu-Mei

    2011-04-01

    11 sorts of plant samples and corresponding soil samples were collected in Conghua and Taishan, Pearl River Delta. The specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K of samples were investigated by using HPGe-gamma-ray spectra analysis. The results showed that the average specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil samples were 151.8, 146.3, 226.6, 665.5 Bq/kg, which were higher than the average values of China and the world. The concentration of 238U in all sort of plants are very low and most of them are lower than detection limit, while the values of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were high. The contents of 226Ra and 232Th in Dicranopteris dichotoma were the highest, whose average specific activity is 285.9, 986.2 Bq/kg respectively. The average bioconcentration factors (BFs)of 26Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were 2.20, 4.23, respectively, the other 10 sort of plants have BFs of 2266Ra, 232Th were in the range of 10(-1)-10(-2). The bioconcentration factors and the translocation factors of 226Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma. were all bigger than 1, so Dicranopteris dichotoma can be defined as hyperaccumulator of 226Ra and 232Th. PMID:21717763

  13. Leaching of 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra in lysimeter experiments

    The present report describes the first results obtained from lysimeter experiments started in 1990. The lysimeter plant consists of twelve soil monoliths from four different sites (three replicates each). Since 1990 the following agricultural crops were grown: endive, corn, winter wheat, mustard, sugar beet and potato. Gravitational water ranged from 3.9 % to 18.3 % of precipitation plus irrigation water, calculated as half years average values excluding the first six months of operation. The two Cambisols on sediments exhibited a mean percentage of approx. 10 %. The Dystric Cambisol on silicate rock and the Gleysol showed average values of 20 %. In 1990 the top layers (20 cm) were contaminated with three radionuclides. The leaching of the contaminants 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra differed distinctly between the elements. The lowest leaching rates were observed for 137Cs, followed by 60Co. The 226Ra-concentrations in the gravitational water were clearly highest of all. However, the comparison of the 226Ra/2228Ra ratios in deep soil layers and in gravitational water showed that the 226Ra measured in the leachate originates from the natural contents in the subsoil and not from the artificial 226Ra contamination of the topsoil. The mobility of the artificial radionuclides decreased therefore in the following order: 60Co > (226Ra) > 137Cs. (author)

  14. Transfer of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs from milk to milk products

    Transfer of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs from cow and sheep milk to various Syrian dairy products has been evaluated. Dairy products include Kashkivan cheese, braided cheese, Haloom cheese, Sircassian cheese, liquid cheese, native cheese, cottage, thick yogurt, butter and milk cream. The results showed that the percentage of 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs transferred from cow milk to milk cream (Pt = food processing retention factor x processing efficiency x 100%) has reached 32%, 16% and 7%, respectively. Butter and liquid cheese were found to have the lowest percentage of transferred 226Ra, 85Sr and 137Cs. Most of the obtained Pt values of the studied radionuclides in thick yogurt were relatively low in spite of the high processing efficiencies of thick yogurt. Moreover, the transfer, Pt, of the studied radionuclides from cow milk to the prepared cheese was higher than those values determined for sheep milk. This is due to differences in chemical compositions of each type of milk. On the other hand, the treatment of Native cheese, most commonly consumed cheese in Syria, with different concentrations of NaCl solutions showed that 137Cs was completely removed from cheese soaking in 5% NaCl solution (soaking time of 48 hours), while 40% of 226Ra and 80% of 85Sr were also decontaminated using 0-2.5% NaCl solutions and soaking time of 48 hours. Based on the obtained results, industrialization processes of the dairy products that resulted the removal of radionuclides have been identified. (author)

  15. 226Ra, 232Th and 40K analysis in water samples from Assiut, Egypt

    The activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were determined in water samples, using 2”x 2” NaI(Tl) scintillation detector. Water activity ranges from 0.07 to 0.59 Bq L−1 for 226Ra, 0.05 to 0.37 Bq L−1 for 232Th and 3.25 to 8.72 Bq L−1 for 40K with mean values of 2.64, 2.22 and 119.50 Bq L−1, respectively. As far as the measured gamma radionuclides is concerned, the mean annual effective doses for all analyzed samples of water are in the range of 0.02–0.08, 0.03-0.17 and 0.03-0.10 mSv yr-1 for infants, children and adults, respectively, all being lower than the reference level of the committed effective dose recommended by the WHO.

  16. 137Cs and 226Ra determination in soil and land snails from a radioactive waste site

    Environmental radioactivity studies related to nuclear facilities can provide information concerning the transfer of radionuclides to the surrounding soils, water and the local biota. A study of 226Ra, 137Cs and 40K content in soils and in land snails, Helix aspersa Mueller, has been performed at the confined Storage Centre for Radioactive Waste (Maquixco, Mexico). At this site, solid and liquid radioactive waste has been stored for two decades; tailing piles of radiometric ore also stood for some time before being buried in specific containers. The nuclear technique used was gamma spectrometry. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry was used for soil and land snails chemical analysis. The preliminary results obtained in soil samples show 226Ra and 137Cs values ranging from 88 to 19979? and from 89 to 4961 Bq/kg (dry wt.), respectively, depending on the sampling region. For the snails, 226Ra levels in shell samples up to a factor of 9 greater were obtained for the site samples as compared with reference samples collected 100 km away. The results are discussed as a function of the uranium ore tailings localization at the site; a preliminary estimation of concentration factors (soil/snail) is also intended

  17. Spatial distribution of natural and fallout level of 226Ra, 228Ra, 40K and 137Cs in grab sediments of Mumbai Harbour Bay

    Radionuclides introduced from fall-out and nuclear installations into the marine surface water subjected to movement and mixing with tides and current, undergo horizontal dispersion, dilution and get bound to suspended particles by various physical, chemical, and biological processes. For this study, about 250 g of meshed grab sediments of eight sampling locations were transferred to a suitable cylindrical acrylic container, sealed and kept for 30 days to allow for in-growth of radon gas in order to achieve secular equilibrium between 226Ra, 214Pb and 214Bi in the 238U decay chain and between 212Pb, 208TI and 228Ac in the 232Th decay chain. The activity concentrations of 226Ra, 228Ra, 40K and 137Cs were measured using Gamma spectrometry system

  18. Distribution of 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th in soils from Northern Venezuela

    More than one hundred undisturbed soil samples form Northern Venezuela and the islands of Margarita and Los Roques have been analyzed for 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th by γ-ray spectroscopy. The specimens were taken from between 5-10 cm below the earth's surface. Thus, they are valid not only for the 137Cs deposition studies but also for the estimation of the natural γ-ray dose from primordial radionuclides that form the terrestrial component. The concentrations of 40K was directly determined from its 1461 keV γ-ray, while those of 137Cs, 238U and 232Th were performed using a γ-ray from one of their daughter radionuclides: the 661 keV γ-ray of 137mBa for 137Cs, the 1760 keV γ-ray of 214Bi for 238U and the 2620 keV γ-ray of 208Tl for 232Th. Finally, the concentration values were compared with those of global estimates. (author) 15 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  19. Radioactivity of Natural Nuclides (40K, 238U, 232Th, 226Ra) in Coals from Eastern Yunnan, China

    Xin Wang; Qiyan Feng; Ruoyu Sun; Guijian Liu

    2015-01-01

    The naturally occurring primordial radionuclides in coals might exhibit high radioactivity, and can be exported to the surrounding environment during coal combustion. In this study, nine coal samples were collected from eastern Yunnan coal deposits, China, aiming at characterizing the overall radioactivity of some typical nuclides (i.e., 40K, 238U, 232Th, 226Ra) and assessing their ecological impact. The mean activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 226Ra are 63.86 (17.70–92.30 Bq· kg-...

  20. Geochemical Speciation of Soil 7Be,137Cs,226Ra and 228Ra as Tracers to Particle Trnsport

    BALZHANGUO; WANGUOJIANG; 等

    1997-01-01

    A brunisolic soil collected from an erosive forest land(HF-1-1) and a yellow soil from and accumulative shallow basin(HF-6-1) in the watershed of Lake Hongfeng (HF) were used for activity measurements of 7Be,137Cs,226Ra and 228Ra in different geochemical speciation.More than 85% of 7Be,137Cs,226Ra and 228Ra in the soils were bound to organic Fe-Mn oxy-hydroxide and residual fractions.They could move with soil particlesw and be used as tracers for the erosion and /or accumulation of soil particles.7Be gohemical specition in the soils agreed with its trace for seasonal particle transport.137Cs geohemial speciaiton was suitable for tracing soil particle accumulation and for sediment aating.226Ra and 228Ra were ombined in crystalline skeleton of clay minerals and mainly remained as residues in the soils and little was bound to the soluble,exchangeable and carbonate fractions.The differentiation of 226 Ra/228Ra activity ratios in different geoheical fractions in the soils could be used as a parameter to trace accumulation and /or erosion of soil particles.

  1. Activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in brands of fertilisers used in Nigeria

    The activity concentration of naturally occurring radionuclides 40K, 226Ra and 232Th have been measured in different brands of fertiliser samples sold to farmers in retail markets in six commercial cities in southwestern Nigeria. Gamma ray spectroscopy was employed in the measurements of these radionuclides. The results of measurements showed that the average activity concentration of 40K in the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilisers across the cities varied from 3972.0 ±416.9 to 5089.3 ±111.3 Bq kg-1, 9.9 ±7.3 to 450.6 ±14.3 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra, while for 232Th it varied from less than lower limit of detection to 15.1 ±2.8 Bq kg-1. The activity concentrations of 40K, 226Ra and 232Th in single super phosphate (SSP) fertilisers and phosphate rocks were also determined. However, high activity concentrations of 226Ra were obtained in the SSP fertiliser and phosphate rocks and in particular, two brands of fertilisers from ITL/TAK and F and C companies. The values of the activity concentration of the radionuclides in the brands of fertilisers used in Nigeria are within the range of values reported in several other countries except 40K. (authors)

  2. Soil-to-root vegetable transfer factors for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and 88Y in Malaysia

    Soil-to-plant transfer factors (TFs) are of fundamental importance in assessing the environmental impact due to the presence of radioactivity in soil and agricultural crops. Tapioca and sweet potato, both root crops, are popular foodstuffs for a significant fraction of the Malaysian population, and result in intake of radionuclides. For the natural field conditions experienced in production of these foodstuffs, TFs and the annual effective dose were evaluated for the natural radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and for the anthropogenic radionuclide 88Y, the latter being a component of fallout. An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptake. For soil samples from all study locations other than the experimental field, it has been shown that these contain the artificial radionuclide 88Y, although the uptake of 88Y has only been observed in the roots of the plant Manihot esculenta (from which tapioca is derived) grown in mining soil. The estimated TFs for 226Ra and 232Th for tapioca and sweet potato are very much higher than that reported by the IAEA. For all study areas, the annual effective dose from ingestion of tapioca and sweet potato are estimated to be lower than the world average (290 μSv y−1). - Highlights: • Transfer factors of 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and 88Y radionuclides were estimated for widely consumed root vegetables in Malaysia. • An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptakes. • The estimated TF values of 226Ra and 232Th for tapioca and sweet potato are higher than the IAEA reported values. • These site-specific TFs are of importance for model derivations for tropical regions

  3. Depth profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) in temperate forest soils in Germany

    Depth profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) were investigated in several temperate forest soils in Germany to estimate heterogeneity of the soil horizon of interest. Absolute values of the activity concentrations of these nuclides varied to a large extent depending on the properties of individual forests as well as local geology. Activity concentrations of 40K increased with increasing soil density reflecting that most potassium is contained in mineral components of the soil. The variations in the 40K activity with depth may relate to biological activities in subsoil, such as root uptake of the nutrients. Consequences of bioturbation could be deduced from variability in vertical profiles of the environmental radionuclides like 137Cs and 210Pb. (author)

  4. Soil to leaf transfer factor for the radionuclides 226Ra, 40K, 137Cs and 90Sr at Kaiga region, India

    Transfer factors are the most important parameters required for mathematical modeling used for environmental impact assessment of radioactive contamination in the environment. In this paper soil to leaf transfer factor for the radionuclides 40K, 226Ra, 137Cs and 90Sr is estimated for Kaiga region in Karnataka state, India. Among the plants in which study is carried out, 226Ra, 40K, 137Cs and 90Sr activity in leaves of herbaceous plants is higher than that of tree leaves. Soil to leaf transfer factor for 226Ra, 40K, 137Cs and 90Sr was found to be in the range of 0.03-0.65, 0.32-8.04, 0.05-3.03 and 0.42-2.67 respectively. - Highlights: → Study region is Kaiga, Karnataka, India. → 226Ra, 40K, 137Cs and 90Sr activity in soil and leaf samples are reported. → 226Ra, 40K, 137Cs activity is higher in herbaceous plant leaves, than tree leaves. → In most of the plants transfer factor varies in the order K > Sr > Cs > Ra.

  5. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in soils of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte was undertaken. Fifty-two soil samples, together with two rock and two uraniferrous ore samples were collected from the eastern and central regions of this state. Concentrations of radioelements in samples were determined by γ-ray spectrometry. The average concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in the surveyed soils were 29.2 ± 19.5 (SD), 47.8 ± 37.3, and 704 ± 437 Bq kg-1, respectively. Higher values were found in the rock samples. The distributions of 226Ra and 232Th were fitted by log-normal curves. Radiological measurements carried out with a portable scintillometer at the sampled sites revealed an average absorbed dose rate of 55 ± 27 (SD) nGy h-1. Computed dose rates obtained through the Beck formula ranged from 15-179 nGy h-1, with a mean value of 72.6 ± 38.7 (SD) nGy h-1, and their distribution fitted a log-normal curve. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 552 μSν (range: 117-1361 μSν) was estimated for 51 sites in Rio Grande do Norte. (author)

  6. Soil-to-root vegetable transfer factors for (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (88)Y in Malaysia.

    Asaduzzaman, Kh; Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Amin, Y M; Bradley, D A; Mahat, R H; Nor, R M

    2014-09-01

    Soil-to-plant transfer factors (TFs) are of fundamental importance in assessing the environmental impact due to the presence of radioactivity in soil and agricultural crops. Tapioca and sweet potato, both root crops, are popular foodstuffs for a significant fraction of the Malaysian population, and result in intake of radionuclides. For the natural field conditions experienced in production of these foodstuffs, TFs and the annual effective dose were evaluated for the natural radionuclides (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and for the anthropogenic radionuclide (88)Y, the latter being a component of fallout. An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptake. For soil samples from all study locations other than the experimental field, it has been shown that these contain the artificial radionuclide (88)Y, although the uptake of (88)Y has only been observed in the roots of the plant Manihot esculenta (from which tapioca is derived) grown in mining soil. The estimated TFs for (226)Ra and (232)Th for tapioca and sweet potato are very much higher than that reported by the IAEA. For all study areas, the annual effective dose from ingestion of tapioca and sweet potato are estimated to be lower than the world average (290 μSv y(-1)). PMID:24814722

  7. Determination of specific activity of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K for assessment of environmental hazards

    Studies have been carried out using gamma-spectrometric techniques to determine the natural radioactivity in some rocks that are used as building materials in Yemen. The concentrations of the natural radionuclides namely 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in the rock samples collected from different rock markets in Yemen have been determined using an NaI(Tl) detector. The concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in the studied rock samples range from 22.2 to 88.8 Bq kg-1, 8.12 to 113.68 Bq kg-1 and 31.3 to 2222.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The concentrations of these radionuclides are compared with the typical world values. To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity, the radium equivalent activity, the air absorbed dose rate, the annual effective dose rate, the representative level index and the values of both external and internal hazard indices were evaluated and compared with the internationally approved values. The radium equivalent activity values of all rock samples are lower than the limit of 370 Bq kg-1 except for one sample which is about 413.386. The values of external hazard index (Hex) and internal hazard index (Hin), absorbed doses in indoor air and the corresponding effective dose equivalents in a typical dwelling are presented. The need for further studies is also discussed. (authors)

  8. 226Ra, 232Th and 40K analysis in sand samples from some beaches of Great Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil: preliminary results

    The natural radioactivity in superficial beach sand samples of 7 beaches of Great Vitoria, metropolitan region of the State of Espirito Santo, southeast Brazil, was determined from the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K contents. The assessed beaches were Manguinhos, Camburi, Praia do Canto, Curva da Jurema, Itapua, Setibao and Areia Preta. Three samples of each beach were sealed in standard 100 mL polyethylene flasks and stored in order to obtain secular equilibrium in the 238U and 232Th series. All samples were measured by high resolution gamma spectrometry and the spectra were analyzed with the WinnerGamma software. The 232Th concentration was determined from the average concentrations of 228Ac, 212Pb and 212Bi and the 226Ra concentration was determined from the average concentrations of 214Pb and 214Bi. Preliminary results show concentrations varying from 9 Bq.kg-1 to 6035 Bq.kg-1 for 232Th, from 4 Bq.kg-1 to 575 Bq.kg-1 for 226Ra and from 13 Bq.kg-1 to 142 Bq.kg-1 for 40K. Areia Preta beach shows the highest values for 232Th, while the highest value for 226Ra was observed for Camburi beach. High values of 40K were observed for Curva da Jurema beach. (author)

  9. Natural radioactivity (226Ra, 232Th and 40K) and assessment of radiological hazards in the Kestanbol granitoid, Turkey.

    Canbaz, Buket; Cam, N Füsun; Yaprak, Günseli; Candan, Osman

    2010-09-01

    The surveys of natural gamma-emitting radionuclides in rocks and soils from the Ezine plutonic area were conducted during 2007. Direct dose measurement using a survey meter was carried out simultaneously. The present study, which is part of the survey, analysed the activity concentrations of (238)U, (232)Th and (40)K in granitoid samples from all over the region by HPGe gamma spectrometry. The activity concentrations of (226)Ra ranged from 94 to 637 Bq kg(-1), those of (232)Th ranged from 120 to 601 Bq kg(-1)and those of (40)K ranged from 1074 to 1527 Bq kg(-1) in the analysed rock samples from different parts of the pluton. To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity in the samples, the absorbed dose rate (D), the annual effective dose rate, the radium equivalent activity (Ra(eq)) and the external (H(ex)) hazard index were calculated according to the UNSCEAR 2000 report. The thorium-to-uranium concentration ratios were also estimated. PMID:20529959

  10. The activity concentrations of 40K, 226Ra, 232Th, 238U and 7Be in moss from spas in eastern Serbia in the period 2000-2012

    Čučulović Ana

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work we present the activity concentrations of natural radionuclides 40K, 226Ra, 232Th, 238U and 7Be in mosses. One hundred and sixty-seven moss samples were collected between 2001 and 2012 from the territory of the Sokobanja, Banja Jošanica and Gamzigradska Banja spas. They were classified into 23 species. The activity concentrations (Bq/kg in moss from Sokobanja spa were: 40K 25-427; 226Ra 0.3-36; 232Th 1.0-37; 238U 0.4-28 and 7Be 29-210; from Banja Jošanica spa they were: 40K 90-242; 226Ra 2.4-11.7; 232Th 2.0-12.7; 238U 1.6-11.3 and 7Be 142-212; Gamzigradska Banja spa: 40K 95-351; 226Ra 8.0-21; 232Th 5.1-19; 238U 6.7-18 and 7Be 20-144. The activity concentrations of dominant natural radionuclides (potassium, radium, thorium and uranium in the moss samples were within the usual ranges for the territory of Serbia. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 43009

  11. Comment on `Update of 40K and 226Ra and 232Th series $\\gamma$-to-dose conversion factors for soil'

    Malins, Alex; Saito, Kimiaki

    2015-01-01

    A letter to the editor of the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity on the article: E. Gasser, A. Nachab, A. Nourreddine, Ch. Roy, and A. Sellam, `Update of 40K and 226Ra and 232Th series $\\gamma$-to-dose conversion factors for soil', J. Environ. Radioactiv. 138, 68-71 (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.08.002.

  12. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soils and sugar cane crops at Corumbatai river basin, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

    The common use of phosphate fertilizers NPK and amendments in sugar cane crops in Brazilian agriculture may increase the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations in soils and their availability for plants and human food chain. Thus, the main aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soils and sugar cane crops in the Corumbatai river basin, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The gamma spectrometry was utilized to measure the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity concentration in all samples. The soil-to-sugar cane transfer factors (TF) were quantified using the ratio between the radionuclide activity concentration in sugar cane and its activity concentration in soil. The results show that, although radionuclides incorporated in phosphate fertilizers and amendments are annually added in the sugar cane crops, if utilized in accordance with the recommended rates, their use does not lead to hazards levels in soils. The soil-to-sugar cane transfer of radionuclides occurred in the following order 40K>226Ra>232Th. Therefore, under these conditions, radionuclides intake through consumption of sugar is not hazardous to human health.

  13. Dose rate due to 226Ra, 232Th and indoor 222Rn/220Rn in Bangalore city

    Human beings have always been exposed to ionizing radiation from various natural sources of radiation and one of the major routes of internal exposures is through inhalation of radioactivity present in the atmosphere. External exposure is caused by the gamma radiation from 40K and the daughter products of 238U and 232Th. It is known that as a result of inhalation of 222Rn a daughter product of decay chain of 238U and its daughter products, the equivalent dose to the entire lung is 20% and 45% higher than the equivalent dose in other tissues. The present study is carried out in Bangalore Metropolitan, India during 2007 to till date. Activity concentrations were measured by hyper pure germanium detectors and 222Rn, 220Rn concentrations were measured by solid state nuclear track detectors. The dose conversion factors reported by UNSCEAR have been used to estimate the indoor inhalation dose rates. The absorbed dose rates due to 226Ra and 232Th ranged between 0.59 and 1.44 mSvy-1 with an AM as 0.93 mSvy-1. Whereas the dose rates during winter and summer ranged between 0.20 and 4.14 mSvy-1 with an arithmetic value 1.8 and 0.7 mSvy-1 respectively. The dose rates in lower volume rooms were ranged from 2.38 to 3.47 mSvy-1 and from 0.75 and 3.28 mSvy-1 for the rooms of higher volume. The arithmetic mean values of dose rates in lower and higher volume rooms were 2.94 ± 0.14 mSvy-1 and 1.35 ± 0.03 mSvy-1 respectively. Higher concentrations were observed in lower volume rooms than higher volume room of all the monitored locations. The detailed experimental methodology and results are discussed. (author)

  14. Radionuclides (210Pb, 226Ra, 210Po e 137Cs) in the Cananeia-Iguape coastal system: environmental studies

    This work was developed in the Cananeia-lguape Coastal System, coast south of the State of Sao Paulo, with the aim of monitoring the levels of some natural radionuclides (210Pb, 210Po, 226Ra ) and artificial (137Cs) and to study the sedimentary dynamics of the area. For this, some studies and determinations were carried out, such as: sedimentation rates, concentration factors, bio-indicators and ingestion for the human population of some of these radionuclides. For the obtaining of the levels of these radionuclides, radiochemical and instrumental methodologies were developed and applied in reference samples of the International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAEA). After this, the methodologies were applied in samples of sediments, aquatic organisms and water of the channels collected in several points. In the sediments, the levels of (210Pb, 226Ra and 137Cs varied from 6.1 to 167.5 Bq.kg-1 from 4.1 to 28.5 Bq.kg-1 and from MDC (0.28) to 6.1 Bq.kg-1 respectively. More significant correlations were observed among the percentage of mud (silt-clay) in the sediments and the levels of these radionuclides. These data were used for sedimentation rate studies in the points of sampling in the System. The sedimentation rates obtained with the values of unsupported (210Pb and 137Cs for the Ponta do Arrozal (T1), Ponta do Frade (T2), Valo Grande (T3) and Carapara-BOCA River (T4) were of 5.02 and 5.00 mm.a-1, 2.30 and 3.82 mm.a-1, 14.59 and 15.74 mm.a-1, 3.41 and 5.00 mm.a-1 respectively. The sedimentation rates obtained with unsupported 210Pb and the 137Cs in the cores(T1, T2, T3 and T4) showed a good agreement. The sedimentation rates obtained along the System reflect the dynamics intern of the channels, that presents general tendency the one accentuated deposition process, with pronounced contribution of sediments of continental origin, for the drainages Mandira and Ribeira of Iguape Rivers, by the high biological production of the System as well as the pronounced erosion of the

  15. Assessment of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity in soil around the Uranium Mining and Processing Facility at Tummalapalle

    By using high purity germanium detector with high resolution gamma spectroscopy, various radionuclides were estimated quantitatively in different soil samples collected around Tummalapalle mining and milling facility. The activity concentration of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K as well as other radiological parameters were determined in the soil. The mean activity concentration of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil were 53.22, 52.14 and 859.95 Bqkg-1, respectively, which are comparable with reported values elsewhere. The mean outdoor annual effective dose to the general public from the radionuclides present in the soil was estimated to be 0.11±0.02 mSvy-1, which is about 4.6 % of worldwide average annual exposure to natural radiation sources of 2.4 mSv as reported by UNSCEAR (2000). (author)

  16. Daily intakes of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th and 226Ra in the adult population of central Poland

    Pietrzak-Flis, Z.; Rosiak, L.; Suplinska, M.M.; Chrzanowski, E.; Dembinska, S. [Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Konwaliowa 7, 03-194 Warsaw (Poland)

    2001-06-12

    Activity concentration of the uranium and thorium series radionuclides was determined in foodstuffs and drinking water in central Poland. Annual and daily intake for the adult population was estimated from the concentrations determined and average annual consumption of food and water. The daily intakes (in mBq) were 22.1 (238U), 26.5 (234U), 2.38 (232Th), 4.06 (230Th), 11.2 (228Th) and 42.2 (226Ra). The intake of uranium isotopes occurred mainly with water; the main intake of thorium isotopes was with animal products, vegetables, cereals and potatoes, whereas 226Ra entered mainly with animal products, cereals and vegetables. From the intake and dose coefficients, the annual effective doses for the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The annual effective dose was 5.95 {mu}Sv, of which 72.4% originated from 226Ra.

  17. Daily intakes of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th and 226Ra in the adult population of central Poland

    Activity concentration of the uranium and thorium series radionuclides was determined in foodstuffs and drinking water in central Poland. Annual and daily intake for the adult population was estimated from the concentrations determined and average annual consumption of food and water. The daily intakes (in mBq) were 22.1 (238U), 26.5 (234U), 2.38 (232Th), 4.06 (230Th), 11.2 (228Th) and 42.2 (226Ra). The intake of uranium isotopes occurred mainly with water; the main intake of thorium isotopes was with animal products, vegetables, cereals and potatoes, whereas 226Ra entered mainly with animal products, cereals and vegetables. From the intake and dose coefficients, the annual effective doses for the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The annual effective dose was 5.95 μSv, of which 72.4% originated from 226Ra

  18. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in rice plant components and physico-chemical effects of soil on their transportation to grains

    Mohammed Saad Alsaffar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Radioactivity distribution and transfer factor (TF in plants are crucial parameters used to assess radioactive contamination in the environment and its risks to humans. In this study, the activities of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K were successfully measured via gamma-ray spectrometry on rice plant components (root, straw, husk, and grain and on corresponding soil samples collected from paddy fields in Penang, Malaysia. Soil physico-chemical characteristics (pH, cation exchange capacity, electrical conductivity, organic matter, and soil texture were also analyzed for their estimated effects on soil–grain TF. A major fraction of the total 226Ra and 232Th activities measured as 47% and 57%, respectively, were concentrated in the roots, whereas only about 9% and 8% were distributed in the grains, correspondingly. 40K activity accumulation was about 59% in the straw and 7% in the grains. Rice soil–grain TFs were observed in the ranges of (0.06–0.36 × 10−1 for 226Ra, (0.04–0.14 × 10−1 for 232Th, and (0.74–4.72 × 10−1 for 40K. Results showed that the selected radionuclide distributions in rice are dependent on component type, and their grain concentrations are not linearly related to their soil concentrations. These findings indicated that uptake predominantly depends on soil physico-chemical characteristics.

  19. Mesoscale variability of vertical profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) in temperate forest soils in Germany

    Vertical profiles of environmental radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 210Pb and 137Cs) were investigated in several temperate forest soils in Germany to estimate heterogeneity of the soil horizon of interest. Absolute values of the activity concentrations of these nuclides varied to a large extent depending on the properties of individual forests as well as local geology. Several trends were generally observed independent of the location: (1) Activity concentrations of 40K increased with increasing soil density reflecting that most potassium is contained in mineral components of the soil. The variations in the 40K activity with depth may relate to biological activities in subsoil, such as root uptake of the nutrients. (2) Profiles of 226Ra with depth could be an indicator for evaluating soil heterogeneity within a horizon of interest. They are also useful to estimate anthropogenic 210Pb (210Pbexc) derived from the atmosphere via dry fallout or wet deposition. In several forests, there appeared surface enrichment of 210Pb down to a depth of approximately 10 cm, in which the 210Pb would have come from the atmosphere by combustion of fossil fuels. (3) Depth profiles of 137Cs were roughly divided into three types in which (a) the activity concentration decreased exponentially with soil depth, (b) small amounts of 137Cs existed only in the upper-most layer of the soil (0-5 cm) and (c) 137Cs disappeared at certain depths and appeared again at deeper portions of the soil. Consequences of bioturbation could be deduced from variability in vertical profiles of the environmental radionuclides. It is probable that a site showing an exponential decrease of the 137Cs activity with depth and also having a surface enrichment of 210Pb is not significantly influenced by bioturbation

  20. Radioactivity of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs and assessment of depleted uranium in soil of the Musandam Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman

    SALEH, Ibrahim Hindawy

    2012-01-01

    238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs radioactivities were determined in soil samples collected from the Musandam Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman, using a high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy system. In addition, total uranium was measured in selected soil samples by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The averages of radioactivity levels in the soil for 238U, 232Th, and 40K were 14.42 Bq kg-1, 9.95 Bq kg-1, 158.21 Bq kg-1, and 2770 Bq m-2 for 137Cs, respectively...

  1. The dietary intake of 238U, 234U, 230Th, 232Th, 228Th and 226Ra from food and drinking water by inhabitants of the Walbrzych region

    Intake with food and water of the natural radionuclides of the uranium and thorium series was determined for adult population of the south-western region in Poland, where in the 1950-ies an exploration of uranium ore was conducted. Concentration of the radionuclides was determined in food products and drinking water and their annual intake was estimated on the basis of the average annual consumption. The intake of 238U, 234U and 230Th occurred mainly with water (33% to 68%), whereas the intake of 232Th, 228Th and 226Ra was mainly with vegetables, potatoes, milk and flour. From the intake and dose coefficients the annual effective doses from the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The total dose was 5.6μSv, of which 74% originated from 226Ra. (author)

  2. Assessment of environmental 226Ra, 232Th and 40K concentrations in the region of elevated radiation background in Segamat District, Johor, Malaysia

    Extensive environmental survey and measurements of gamma radioactivity in the soil samples collected from Segamat District were conducted. Two gamma detectors were used for the measurements of background radiation in the area and the results were used in the computation of the mean external radiation dose rate and mean weighted dose rate, which are 276 nGy h−1 and 1.169 mSv y−1, respectively. A high purity germanium (HPGe) detector was used in the assessment of activity concentrations of 232Th, 226Ra and 40K. The results of the gamma spectrometry range from 11 ± 1 to 1210 ± 41 Bq kg−1 for 232Th, 12 ± 1 to 968 ± 27 Bq kg−1 for 226Ra, and 12 ± 2 to 2450 ± 86 Bq kg−1 for 40K. Gross alpha and gross beta activity concentrations range from 170 ± 50 to 4360 ± 170 Bq kg−1 and 70 ± 20 to 4690 ± 90 Bq kg−1, respectively. These results were used in the plotting of digital maps (using ARCGIS 9.3) for isodose. The results are compared with values giving in UNSCEAR 2000. -- Highlights: • Assessment of the activities in region of elevated radiation in Segamat District. • The average dose rate found to be six times higher than the world average. • The activity of 232Th is six times world average. • The activity of 226Ra is four times and 40K is lower than world average. • A digital map plotted for isodose

  3. Daily ingestion of 232Th, 238U, 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in vegetables by inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro City

    The concentrations of the naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U, 210Pb, 226Ra and 228Ra were determined in the vegetables (leafy vegetables, fruit, root, bean and rice) and derived products (sugar, coffee, manioc flour, wheat flour, corn flour and pasta) consumed most by the adult inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro City. A total of 88 samples from 26 different vegetables and derived products were analyzed. The highest contribution to radionuclide intake arises from bean, wheat flour, manioc flour, carrot, rice, tomato and potato consumption. The estimated daily intakes due to the consumption of vegetables and derived products are 1.9 mBq of 232Th (0.47 μg), 2.0 mBq of 238U (0.17 μg), 19 mBq of 226Ra, 26 mBq of 210Pb and 47 mBq of 228Ra. The estimated annual effective dose due to the ingestion of vegetables and their derived products with the long-lived natural radionuclides is 14.5 μSv. Taking into account literature data for water and milk from Rio de Janeiro the dose value increases to 29 μSv, with vegetables and derived products responsible for 50% of the dose and water for 48%. 210Pb (62%) and 228Ra (24%) were found to be the main sources for internal irradiation

  4. Estimation of dose contribution from 226Ra, 232Th and 40K radon exhalation rates in soil samples from Shivalik foot hills in India.

    Chauhan, R P; Chauhan, Pooja; Pundir, Anil; Kamboj, Sunil; Bansal, Vakul; Saini, R S

    2014-01-01

    The concentration of radium, thorium and potassium and radon exhalation rates in soil samples collected from Shivalik foot hills in the states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh (India) were experimentally measured. A high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopic system was used for the measurement of natural radioactivity ((226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K) at Inter-University Accelerator Center, New Delhi, using a coaxial n-type high-purity germanium detector (EG&G, ORTEC, Oak Ridge, USA). The mass exhalation rates (EM) of radon in soil samples from the study area measured by 'sealed canister technique' using LR-115 type II track detectors varied from 50±1 to 143±6 mBqkg(-1) h(-1). The activity concentrations of (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K in various soil samples of the study area varied from 31±1.3 to 63±4.6, 53±1.8 to 78±2.6 and 472±4.8 to 630±7.0 Bq kg(-1) respectively. The results indicated some higher levels of radioactivity in Lal Dhang peak area of the hills compared with other locations under study. PMID:23893776

  5. Distribution of radioactive pollution of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs in northwestern coasts of Persian Gulf, Iran

    A reconnaissance study has been made of the distribution of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs and geochemical features in soils and sediments samples at various locations in the northwestern coast of Persian Gulf. Activity concentration levels due to radionuclides were measured in 30 soil and sediment samples collected from this region. From the measured spectra, activity concentrations were determined for 40K (range from 146 to 500 Bq kg-1), 137Cs (from 5 to 20 Bq kg-1), 238U (from 21 to 65 Bq kg-1) and 232Th (from 15 to 45 Bq kg-1) with lowest limit detection (LLD) of 68, 3.2, 4.3 and 4.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The dose rate from ambient air at the soil ranges was between 19 and 58 nGy h-1 with an average of 37.41 ± 9.66 nGy h-1

  6. A four phases model to simulate the dispersion of 226Ra, 238U and 232Th in an estuary affected by phosphate rock processing

    A numerical model to simulate the dispersion of non conservative radionuclides in tidal waters has been developed. The model includes four phases: water, suspended matter and two grain size sediment fractions. Ionic exchanges between water and the solid phases have been formulated in terms of kinetic transfer coefficients instead of distribution coefficients, because the model was developed for nonequilibrium conditions. The model simultaneously solves the shallow water hydrodynamic equations, the suspended matter dispersion equation and the four equations which give the time evolution of specific activity in each phase. The model has been applied to the Odiel river (southwest Spain), where a phosphate complex releases its wastes. It gives good results in predicting concentrations of 226Ra, 238U and 232Th in water, suspended matter, distribution coefficients and Th/U mass rations. (author)

  7. {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentrations in igneous rocks from eastern desert, Egypt and its radiological implications

    El-Arabi, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science Qena, South Valley University (Egypt)]. E-mail: elarabi21@yahoo.com

    2007-01-15

    By applying high-resolution {gamma}-ray spectroscopic system, the various radionuclides of the granite samples have been identified quantitatively based on the characteristic spectral peaks. The radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentrations measured as well as radiological parameters, for 49 granite samples were calculated. This subject is important in environmental radiological protection, since granites are widely used as building and ornamental stones. The variation in concentration of radionuclides for the Um Taghir area can be classified into two regions of low and high natural radioactivity. In old granite, the measured {gamma}-ray spectra, activity concentrations were determined for {sup 226}Ra (from 2.9+/-1 to 31.8+/-6Bqkg{sup -1}), {sup 232}Th (range from 1.4+/-1 to 14.9+/-4Bqkg{sup -1}) and {sup 40}K (from 132+/-11 to 2080+/-46Bqkg{sup -1}), in younger granite {sup 226}Ra (from 8.9+/-3 to 9087+/-95Bqkg{sup -1}), {sup 232}Th (range from 9.8+/-3 to 3834+/-62Bqkg{sup -1}) and {sup 40}K (from 471+/-22 to 10230+/-101Bqkg{sup -1}). In Wadi Karim area these values were (14.0+/-4-227.0+/-15, 10.5+/-3-183.0+/-14 and 2299+/-48-7356+/-86Bqkg{sup -1}). The highest values of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentration (9087+/-95, 3834+/-62 and 10230+/-101Bqkg{sup -1},respectively) were observed in anomalies samples at Um Taghir region. Radium-equivalent activities (Ra{sub eq}) in addition to the internal hazard index (H{sub in}) have also been determined. In Um Taghir samples Ra{sub eq} varies between 15 and 625Bqkg{sup -1} (old granite), 144-13982Bqkg{sup -1} (younger granite) which exceeds the permitted value (370Bqkg{sup -1}) and hazard index (H{sub in}) (0.05-1.74), (0.65-62.34) which is higher than 1, the corresponding values in Wadi Karim samples were 206-685Bqkg{sup -1} and from 0.59 to 2.46, respectively. The total absorbed dose rates in air calculated from the concentrations of the three radionuclides ranged from 8 to 6187n

  8. Transfer of some artificial (226Sr and 137Cs) and natural (40K and 226Ra) radionuclides from milk to its products

    Transfer of some artificial radionuclides ( 137 Cs and 85 Sr) and natural radionuclides (226 Ra and 40K) from milk (cheep and cows) to its products processed according to local manufacturing procedures (home made cheese, kashkawan cheese, shelal cheese, haloom cheese, kareshah cheese, sharkasiah cheese, liquid cheese, yogurt, butter and keshdah) has been studied. The results showed that the retention percent of radium 226 in milk products has reached %100 in the home made cheese and %72 for strontium 85 in the shelal cheese and %40 for cesium 137 in yogurt and %46 for potassium 40 also in yogurt. In addition, most of the retention percent ratios of the studied radionuclides in yogurt were relatively low (about %25 and % 40 in the yogurt processed from the milk of the cows and cheep respectively) with a high processing efficiency, so that making yogurt from the contaminated milk is the best way to reduce the contamination ratio and to make use of the contaminated milk. Furthermore, home made cheese was processed with salty solutions of different concentrations and the results showed that about %90 of cesium and potassium has transferred to the salty solution of %5 soaked for 48 hours, while %40 of the radium and %80 of strontium were removed from the contaminated cheese after 48 hours soaking in a salty solution of %2.5. However, the results of the present work can be used for processing of contaminated milk with artificial radionuclides in order to be utilized. (Authors)

  9. 228Ra/226Ra ratio and 7Be concentration in the Sea of Japan as indicators for water transport: comparison with migration pattern of Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP-derived 134Cs and 137Cs

    To assess the migration patterns of radiocesium emitted from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP), we analyzed 228Ra/226Ra ratios and 7Be concentrations and compared them with 134Cs and 137Cs concentrations in seawater samples collected within the Sea of Japan before and after the FDNPP accident (i.e., during the period 2007–2012) using low-background γ-spectrometry. The 228Ra/226Ra ratios in surface waters exhibited lateral and seasonal variations, reflecting the flow patterns of surface water. This indicates the transport patterns of the FDNPP-derived radiocesium by surface water. Cosmogenic 7Be (half-life: 53.3 d) exhibited markedly high concentrations (5–10 mBq/L) at depths shallower than 50 m, with concentrations decreasing steeply (0.2–2 mBq/L) at depths of 50–250 m. The distribution of 7Be concentrations suggests that the downward delivery of the FDNPP-derived radiocesium to below 50 m depth was negligible for a few months prior to its removal from the Sea of Japan. -- Highlights: • We analyzed 7Be and 228Ra/226Ra ratio with 134Cs and 137Cs in the Sea of Japan. • 228Ra/226Ra ratio explained lateral migration of FDNPP-derived radiocesium in surface. • Vertical profile of 7Be concentration indicated minimal downward delivery of radiocesium

  10. Distribution of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs concentrations in soil samples nearby a nuclear laboratory, Capao Island, Brazil

    Oliveira Luciano S.R.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Absolute soil concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs samples were measured using high-resolution gamma spectrometry. The area of interest encompasses an embankment in a mangrove swamp in Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, called Capao Island, where nuclear, chemical and biological defense laboratories of the Brazilian Army Technology Center are in operation for more than 30 years. In order to ensure that no significant environmental impact has resulted from neutron physics experiments performed in a graphite exponential pile in addition to the operation of two cesium-driven irradiating facilities, radiation monitoring of the isotopes was carried out. A total of eight 250 ml soil samples were extracted within an area of 300 m x 300 m. No trace of 137Cs was detected and the measured levels of 238U were found to be close to the global mean. However, some data that slightly exceeded the expected normal range for 232Th (60 % of samples and 40K (20 % of samples should be attributed to the construction debris (cement, rocks, and sand used in the embankment at the site. Since there is no handling of those isotopes at that site or adjacent facilities that could affect their presence, it was concluded that no detectable contamination has occurred.

  11. Simulation smuggling study for shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using gamma detection

    In the present time, smuggling and illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials are targeted by international groups and networks. Hundreds of smuggled nuclear and radioactive materials have been seized and currently recorded in the Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As a matter of fact, these materials can be used for manufacturing of dirty or Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) or for sabotage and malicious purposes. This work deals with gamma detection of shielded sources containing natural 235U , 238U , standard 232Th and mixed 137Cs and 60Co sources by using HpGe and NaI detectors. The detection was carried out through the main characteristic γ- energies ; 185.7 KeV for 235U ,(63.3 ,1001 KeV) for 238U , (583 and 911.2 KeV) for 232Th, 661.6 KeV for 137Cs and (1173.2 and 1332.5 keV) for 60Co. The radioactive sources used are 30nCi of 232Th , 1.99 μCi of mixed 137Cs and 60Co source and uranyl nitrate crystals. These radioactive sources were separately hid (placed) in containers of different materials; aluminum (Al) , cupper (Cu) and iron (Fe) of different wall thickness; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 mm. The sources were also measured together by NaI and HpGe detector. Overlapping of different gamma transitions leads to some difficulties to identify and discriminate between the investigated γ-energies particularly with using the low resolution NaI detector. The attenuation factors (I/Io), ratio of radiation intensity with and without shield (containers), were calculated for all the investigated energies. The relationship between the attenuation factor of γ-energies and the studied thickness was depicted and discussed. It was observed, as expected, that the studied gamma transitions were attenuated by the used different thickness of Fe, Cu and Al and hardly detected especially for low energy and at 18mm thickness. Generally, it can concluded that radioactive materials of small activity can easily be smuggled

  12. 放射性核素土壤-植物吸收与钍、镭富集植物的发现%Uptake of Radionuclides from Soil to Plant and the Discovery of 226Ra, 232Th Hyperaccumulator

    张志强; 陈迪云; 宋刚; 岳玉美

    2011-01-01

    11 sorts of plant samples and corresponding soil samples were collected in Conghua and Taishan, Pearl River Delta. The specific activity of 238U、226Ra、232Th and 40K of samples were investigated by using HPGe-γ-ray spectra analysis. The results showed that the average specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil samples were 151.8, 146. 3, 226. 6, 665.5 Bq/kg, which were higher than the average values of China and the world. The concentration of 238U in all sort of plants are very low and most of them are lower than detection limit, while the values of 226Ra, 232Th and 4OK were high. The contents of 226Ra and 232Th in Dicranopteris dichotoma were the highest, whose average specific activity is 285.9, 986. 2 Bq/kg respectively. The average bioconcentration factors (BFs)of 226Ra,232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were 2. 20, 4.23, respectively, the other 10 sort of plants have BFs of 226Ra, 232Th were in the range of 10 -1 -10-2. The bioconcentration factors and the translocation factors of 226Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were all bigger than 1, so Dicranopteris dichotoma can be defined as hyperaccumulator of 226Ra and 232Th.%对采集珠江三角洲从化、台山等地的11种植物以及对应的土壤样品,采用HPGe-y能谱分析了其中的天然放射性核素U、Ra、Th和K的比活度,结果表明,土壤样品中U、Ra、Th和K的平均含量为151.8、146.3、226.6和665.5Bq/kg,高于我国和世界的平均值,植物样品中的U含量较低,大多数样品低于检出限,而Ra、Th和K的平均含量相对较高.铁芒萁(Dicranopteris dichotoma)样品中Ra、Th含量最高,平均值分别为285.9 Bq/kg、968.5 Bq/kg,对应的生物富集系数(bioconcentration factor)的平均值为2.20、4.23,而其它10种植物Ra、Th的生物富集系数均在10~10的范围.铁芒萁Ra和Th的富集系数和转移系数(translocation factor)都大于1,可以认为是Ra和Th的超富集植物.

  13. Measurement of 226Ra, 228Ra, 137CS and 40K in edible parts of two types of leafy vegetables cultivated in Tehran province-Iran and resultant annual ingestion radiation dose

    The sources of radioactivity in the environment have natural; terrestrial and extraterrestrial. and anthropogenic origins. Plants may get radioactive nuclides in two ways: (i) by the deposition of radioactive fallout, (ii) by absorption from the soil. Materials and Methods: The Concentrations of the natural radionuclides (226Ra, 228Ra, 40K) and the artificial radionuclide (137CS) in leek and parsley in Tehran province-Iran were determined using high-purity Ge detectors. Also the effective dose due to the ingestion of such vegetables by the population of Tehran province was studied. Results: The average value of radionuclide concentrations in parsley samples were measured 177.69 ± 12.47 mBq kg-1fresh for 226Ra; 349.62 ± 28.42 mBq kg-1fresh for 228Ra; 187364.6 mBq kg1fresh for 40K. The average value of radionuclide concentrations in leek samples were measured 94.31 ± 6.46 mBq kg-1fresh for 226Ra; 207.47 ± 19.46 mBq kg-1fresh for 228Ra; 174555 ± 1704.21 mBq kg-1fresh for 40K. The concentrations of 137Cs in most of Parsley and Leek samples were below the minimum detectable activity. Conclusion: The Average 226Ra and 228Ra activities in 29 leek and parsley samples were about 2.63 and 6.78 times the reference values, respectively. The annual effective dose resulting from the studied radionuclides for the adult population in Tehran province were found to be safe in comparison with normal background areas.

  14. Measurement of the intrinsic radiopurity of {sup 137}Cs/{sup 235}U/{sup 238}U/{sup 232}Th in CsI(Tl) crystal scintillators

    Zhu, Y.F. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Lin, S.T. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Singh, V. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India); Chang, W.C. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Deniz, M. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Lai, W.P. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Li, H.B. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Li, J. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing (China); Li, Y.L. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Liao, H.Y. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Lee, F.S. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Wong, H.T. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: htwong@phys.sinica.edu.tw; Wu, S.C. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Yue, Q. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Zhou, Z.Y. [Department of Nuclear Physics, Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing (China)

    2006-02-15

    The inorganic crystal scintillator CsI(Tl) has been used for low energy neutrino and Dark Matter experiments, where the intrinsic radiopurity is an issue of major importance. Low-background data were taken with a CsI(Tl) crystal array at the Kuo-Sheng Reactor Neutrino Laboratory. The pulse shape discrimination capabilities of the crystal, as well as the temporal and spatial correlations of the events, provide powerful means of measuring the intrinsic radiopurity of {sup 137}Cs as well as the {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series. The event selection algorithms are described, with which the decay half-lives of {sup 218}Po, {sup 214}Po, {sup 22}Rn, {sup 216}Po and {sup 212}Po were derived. The measurements of the contamination levels, their concentration gradients with the crystal growth axis, and the uniformity among different crystal samples, are reported. The radiopurity in the {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series are comparable to those of the best reported in other crystal scintillators. Significant improvements in measurement sensitivities were achieved, similar to those from dedicated massive liquid scintillator detector. This analysis also provides in situ measurements of the detector performance parameters, such as spatial resolution, quenching factors, and data acquisition dead time.

  15. Natural gamma radioactivity and of 137 Cs in soil of the Chimaltitan municipality, Jalisco, Mexico

    With the purpose of determining the activity due to the natural presence of the 226 Ra, 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs in soil samples, of the municipality of Chimaltitan Jalisco. A set of these samples was measured in a gamma ray spectrometric system based on a High-purity Germanium detector. It is well-known that approximately 87% of the dose of the received radiation by the population is due to sources of natural radiation and 13% of the anthropogenic radiation. The gamma radiation comes mainly from the 40 K and of those radionuclides of the series of radioactive decay of 238 U and 232 Th that its find dispersed thoroughly in the terrestrial crust. In this work its were analyzed twenty-two soil samples. It is enlarged the activity characterization for the radioisotopes of 226 Ra 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs. (Author)

  16. Speciation analysis of 129I, 137Cs, 232Th, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu in environmental soil and sediment

    The environmental mobility and bioavailability of radionuclides are related to their physicochemical forms, namely species. We here present a speciation analysis of important radionuclides including 129I (also 127I), 137Cs, 232Th, 238U and plutonium isotopes (239Pu and 240Pu) in soil (IAEA-375) and sediment (NIST-4354) standard reference materials and two fresh sediment samples from Øvre Heimdalsvatnet Lake, Norway. A modified sequential extraction protocol was used for the speciation analysis of these samples to obtain fractionation information of target radionuclides. Analytical results reveal that the partitioning behaviour, and thus the potential mobility and bioavailability, are exclusively featured for the individual radionuclide. Iodine is relatively mobile and readily binds to organic matter, while plutonium is mainly bound to both organic matter and nitric acid leachable fractions. Thorium is predominated in nitric acid leachable fraction and caesium is primarily observed in nitric acid and aqua regia leachable fractions and residue. Our analytical results reveal that around 50% of uranium might still remain in the residue which could not be extracted with aggressive acid, namely, aqua regia.

  17. Simulation smuggling study for shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using γ-detection

    This work deals with gamma detection of shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using HpGe and NaI detectors through their main characteristic energies; 185.7 keV, (63, 1001), (583 and 911), 661.6 and (1173 and 1332) KeV respectively. These radioactive sources were individually hidden in containers of aluminum (Al), iron (Fe) and cupper (Cu) of different thicknesses; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 mm. Thin containers of lead (Pb) were also used with the same sources. The attenuation factor (I/I0), the ratio of radiation intensity with and without container or shield, was calculated for all the investigated γ-energies. The relationship between the attenuation factor and the studied thicknesses of the containers was given, depicted and discussed. Detection of the mixed sources shielded by different materials of different thicknesses was also carried out by using PDR-77 survey meter. The radiation levels were found to be within the natural background at 65cm distance from the shielded sources. Telescopic arm carrying 2x2 NaI and radiometer was also used. Generally, It can be concluded that smuggling of radioactive materials of low radioactivity can be done without detection by hiding them in containers or within scrap of Cu, Fe or even Al rather than using the conventional heavy lead shield. (author)

  18. Natural gamma radioactivity and of {sup 137} Cs in soil of the Chimaltitan municipality, Jalisco, Mexico; Radiactividad gamma natural y del {sup 137} Cs en suelo del Municipio de Chimaltitan, Jalisco, Mexico

    Garay, A.; Mireles, F.; Quirino, L.L.; Davila, J.I.; Rios, C.; Lugo, J.F.; Soriano, J.M.; Angoli, A. [UAEN-Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Cipres 10, Frac. La Penuela, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)]. e-mail: albinogaray@hotmail.com.mx

    2003-07-01

    With the purpose of determining the activity due to the natural presence of the {sup 226} Ra, {sup 232} Th, {sup 40} K and {sup 137} Cs in soil samples, of the municipality of Chimaltitan Jalisco. A set of these samples was measured in a gamma ray spectrometric system based on a High-purity Germanium detector. It is well-known that approximately 87% of the dose of the received radiation by the population is due to sources of natural radiation and 13% of the anthropogenic radiation. The gamma radiation comes mainly from the {sup 40} K and of those radionuclides of the series of radioactive decay of {sup 238} U and {sup 232} Th that its find dispersed thoroughly in the terrestrial crust. In this work its were analyzed twenty-two soil samples. It is enlarged the activity characterization for the radioisotopes of {sup 226} Ra {sup 232} Th, {sup 40} K and {sup 137} Cs. (Author)

  19. Determination of the concentration of {sup 238}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 228}Th, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 210}Pb in the feces of workers from a mining company of niobium and their families; Determinacao da concentracao de {sup 238}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 228}Th, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 226}Ra e {sup 210}Pb na excrecao fecal de trabalhadores de uma mineradora de niobio e de seus familiares

    Oliveira, Roges de; Lopes, Ricardo T. [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (LIN/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear. Lab. de Intrumentacao Nuclear; Melo, Dunstana R.; Juliao, Ligia M.Q.C. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (SEMINIRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Monitoracao Individual Interna

    2005-07-01

    The object of this study consists of an open mine from which Niobium ore (pyrochlore) is extracted and a metallurgy company, where Fe-Nb alloys are produced for export. For geological reasons, the main ore is associated to natural radionuclides U and Th, and its decay products. The concentration of {sup 234}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra, {sup 228}Th, including {sup 210}Pb in fecal excretion of 12:0 am, 29 workers and 13 family members were determined. The technique employed for the determination of the elements was the sequential method of radiochemical separation, followed by alpha spectrometry and counting {alpha} and {beta} in proportional detector. Statistically significant difference was observed in the concentration of {sup 234}U and {sup 238}U, in feces samples, among the group of mining workers and family members; as well as for {sup 232}Th in the feces of workers of crushing and metallurgy groups when compared with the Family Group. No statistically significant difference was detected at a concentration of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb, in feces of any group of workers of the installation in relation to the family group.

  20. Vertical distribution of Th-isotope ratios, 210Pb, 226Ra and 137Cs in sediment cores from an estuary affected by anthropogenic releases

    In an estuary system highly polluted by mining and industrial activities, the sections of sediment cores affected by anthropogenic inputs of U-series radionuclides (due to fertilizer plants releases) were determined through the vertical profiles of Th-isotopic ratio (230Th/232Th). Also, when possible, a modified version of the 210Pb dating method was applied in the uncontaminated sections of these cores. Using the information provided by the Th-isotopic ratio and 210Pb methods, we were able to establish confident chronologies, covering the last century, in several of the analysed sediment cores. These chronologies will be used in forthcoming research to study the time evolution of pollutant concentrations in the estuary. Additionally, and based on the established chronologies, we have found that sedimentation rates have drastically increased in some zones of the estuary since the commencement of several industrial activities in the surrounding environment and since the construction of two dikes in the area

  1. Spatial distribution of 40K, 228Ra, 226Ra, 238U and 137Cs in surface soil layer observed at small areas

    The main goal of this study is to give a more detailed insight into spatial radionuclide distribution in soils. It has been necessary in order to plant the future soil sampling procedure that would assure the representative soil samples for broader areas that are usually covered by in situ gamma-spectrometry measurements or aerial gamma-ray spectrometry. The spatial distributions of natural radionuclides and 137Cs activity in surface soil layer were studed in five regular grids, consisting of 9 points each. The distances between sampled points were 30 cm (A grid), 2.45 m (B grid), 19.5 m (C grid), 156 m (D grid) and 213 m (E grid), respectively. Soil samples were dominantly taken at agricultural ploughed fields from areas of ca. 315 cm2 (circle of a. 20 cm diameter), from surface up to 15 cm depth. The results indicate that representative soil sample must cover the broader area to provide data that could be compared with data collected by aerial gamma-spectrometry. The average sample on each locality must be prepared from several point samples. It seems that the central point and four points, each at approximately 50-100 m N, S, E, and W from the central point, could be enough

  2. Distribution of 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 230,232Th on the fractions of natural organic species soils of ChNPP alienation zone

    The experimental data determination of distribution 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am 'Chernobyl' releases and 230,232Th on the fraction of humic and fulvic acids sandy- podsolic, meadow and peaty soils taken in the exclusive zone ChNPP are presents. Soils organic matter was isolated by conventional alkali extraction (Turin's method). It was shown that, with depending of soils types 15-45 % 241Am associate with fulvic acids. In all investigated types of soils 30 - 40 % 239+240Pu connects with humic acids, as strong complexes. The distribution of environmental 230,232Th and artificial 239+240Pu on the fraction natural organic species is the same

  3. Determination of (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, (235)U and (238)U activity concentration and public dose assessment in soil samples from bauxite core deposits in Western Cameroon.

    Mekongtso Nguelem, Eric Jilbert; Moyo Ndontchueng, Maurice; Motapon, Ousmanou

    2016-01-01

    Determination of activity concentrations in twenty five (25) soil samples collected from various points in bauxite ore deposit in Menoua Division in Western of Cameroon was done using gamma spectrometry based Broad Energy Germanium (BEGe6530) detector. The average terrestrial radionuclides of (40)K, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (235)U and (238)U were measured as 671 ± 272, 125 ± 58, 157 ± 67, 6 ± 3 and 99 ± 69 Bq kg(-1), respectively. The observed activity concentrations of radionuclides were compared with other published values in the world. The outdoor absorbed dose rate in air varied from 96.1 to 321.2 nGy h(-1) with an average of 188.2 ± 59.4 nGy h(-1). The external annual effective dose rate and external hazard index were estimated as 0.23 ± 0.07 mSv year(-1) for outdoor, 0.92 ± 0.29 mSv year(-1) for indoor and 1.13 for the external hazard index, respectively. These radiological safe parameters were relatively higher than the recommended safe limits of UNSCEAR. Consequently, using of soil as building material might lead to an increase the external exposure to natural radioactivity and future applications research need to be conducted to have a global view of radioactivity level in the area before any undergoing bauxite ore exploitation. PMID:27536536

  4. Natural radionuclides and 137Cs in moss and lichen in eastern Serbia

    Čučulović Ana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of radionuclides determination in moss (Homolothecium sp., Hypnum Cupressiforme sp., and Brachythecium sp. and lichen (Cladonia sp. sampled in the region of Eastern Serbia during 1996-2010. The activities in moss are in the range of 100-500 Bq/kg d. w. for 40K, and 5-50 Bq/kg d. w. for 226Ra and 232Th, while the “soil-to-moss” transfer factors are 0.45 for 40K, 3 for 226Ra, and 0.3 for 232Th. The spatial distribution of the 137Cs activities is highly non-uniform; some values reach 500 Bq/kg d. w., with less than 10% of the samples, mainly the ones taken prior to 2000, with the activity above 1000 Bq/kg d. w. The variations in the content of natural radionuclides among the moss species are not significant. The frequency pattern of the activities of natural radionuclides in lichen is similar to the one in moss, but the activities in lichen are to some extent lower. The mean activity of 137Cs in lichen is below 400 Bq/kg d. w. The mean activities of 7Be in moss and lichen sampled in 2006 and 2008 are in the range of 41-122 Bq/kg d. w., with pronounced variations between the sampling sites.

  5. Distribution of natural radionuclides and 137Cs in soils of southwestern Ontario

    In Canada and the United States approximately 82% of the annual total dose of radiation to any person comes from terrestrial and cosmogenic sources. The soil is also the main source of radon exposure to humans. Therefore it is important to know the background levels of natural and anthropogenic radioactivity in soils. In this study the radionuclides 40K, 226Ra, 232Th and 137Cs were measured in the soils of southwestern Ontario in order to determine the background levels and to understand the soil profile distribution. Clay content is the most important variable affecting the background levels of 40K, 226Ra, and 232Th in the soil. The profile distribution of these radionuclides is further influenced by pedogenic processes, particularly carbonate leaching from the solum and clay illuviation from the Ae to the Bt horizons. The lateral and vertical distribution of bomb-fallout 137Cs is influenced by soil management such as tillage, biopedoturbation by soil animals such as earthworms and groundhogs, soil erosion and soil organic matter cycling. Multiple regression analysis showed that clay content, sand content, percent CaCO3, pH and organic carbon content had variable influences on each of the radionuclide contents in the soil. (author)

  6. Distribution of naturally occurring radioactivity and 137Cs in the marine sediment of Farasan island, southern red sea, Saudi Arabia

    The present work is a part of a project dedicated to measure the marine radioactivity near the Saudi Arabian coast of the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf for establishing a marine radioactivity database, which includes necessary information on the background levels of both naturally occurring and man-made radionuclides in the marine environment. Farasan Islands is a group of 84 islands (archipelago), under the administration of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Red Sea with its main island of Farasan, which is 50 km off the coast of Jazan City. The levels of natural radioactivity of 238U, 235U, 226Ra, 232Thand 40K and man-made radionuclides such as 137Cs in the grab sediment and water samples around Farasan Island have been measured using gamma-ray spectroscopy. The average activity concentrations of 238U, 235U, 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs in the sediment samples were found to be 35.46, 1.75, 3.31, 0.92, 34.34 and 0.14 Bq kg-1, respectively. (authors)

  7. Assessment of natural radioactivity and (137)Cs in some coastal areas of the Saudi Arabian gulf.

    Al-Ghamdi, H; Al-Muqrin, A; El-Sharkawy, A

    2016-03-15

    The levels of natural radioactivity have been investigated in some Saudi Arabian Gulf coastal areas. Sampling sites were chosen according to the presence of nearby non-nuclear industrial activities such as, the two main water desalination plants in Al Khobar and Al Jubail, and Maaden phosphate complex in Ras Al Khair, to ensure that effluents discharges into the Arabian Gulf didn't enhance radioactivity in seawater and shore sediments. Seawater samples were analyzed for radium isotopes (Ra-226 & Ra-228) and measured by gamma spectrometry using high purity germanium detector, after radiochemical separation of the isotopes by co-precipitation with MnO2. Shore sediment samples were analyzed for (226)Ra, (228)Ra ((232)Th), (4)°K and (137)Cs using gamma sepectrometry. A small variation was observed in the activity concentrations of the investigated radioisotopes, and the activity levels were comparable to those reported in literature. Quality assurance and methods validation were established through the efficiency calibration of the detectors, the estimation of uncertainties, the use of blanks, the analysis of standard reference materials and the intercomparison and proficiency tests. Radiological hazards were assessed, and the annual effective dose had an average value of 0.02 mSv. On the basis of the current results, we may conclude that any radiological hazards to the public visiting these shores are not expected. PMID:26895593

  8. Transfer factors of natural radionuclides and (137)Cs from soil to plants used in traditional medicine in central Serbia.

    Djelic, Gorica; Krstic, Dragana; Stajic, Jelena M; Milenkovic, Biljana; Topuzovic, Marina; Nikezic, Dragoslav; Vucic, Dusica; Zeremski, Tijana; Stankovic, Milan; Kostic, Dragana

    2016-07-01

    Transfer factors of natural radionuclides and (137)Cs from soil to plants used in traditional medicine were determined. The transfer factors (TF) were calculated as Bq kg(-1) of dry plant per Bq kg(-1) of dry soil. Mass activity concentrations of (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K and (137)Cs in soil and plant samples were measured with high purity germanium detector (HPGe). The concentrations of As, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn were determined, as well as the cation exchange capacity (CEC) and the content of exchangeable cations (Ca, Mg, K, Na). Wide ranges of values were obtained for all the metals, especially for Cr and Ni. The Absalom model was used for determination of the amount of (137)Cs transferred from soil to plant based on soil characteristics such as pH, exchangeable potassium, humus and clay contents. The estimated transfer factors were in the range from 0.011 to 0.307 with an arithmetic mean of 0.071, median of 0.050, geometric mean of 0.053 and geometric standard deviation (GSD) of 2.08. This value agreed well with that calculated from the measurements of 0.069, geometric mean 0.040 and GSD 3.19. Correlations between radionuclides, metals, physicochemical properties and transfer factors were determined by Spearman correlation coefficient. There was a strong positive correlation between (137)Cs transfer factor and the ratio of transfer factor for K and (137)Cs. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was performed in order to identify some pattern of data. PMID:27082759

  9. Determination of 238U, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations in riverbank soil along the Chao Phraya river basin in Thailand

    The activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K in riverbank soil along the Chao Phraya river basin was determined through gamma-ray spectrometry measurements made using a hyper-pure germanium detector in a low background configuration. The ranges of activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K were found to be 13.9 ↔ 76.8, 12.9 ↔ 142.9 and 178.4 ↔ 810.7 Bq kg−1, respectively. The anthropogenic radionuclide, 137Cs, was not observed in statistically significant amounts above the background level in the current study. The absorbed gamma dose rate in air at 1 m above the ground surface, the outdoor annual effective dose equivalent, the values of the radium equivalent activity and the external hazard index associated with all the soil samples in the present work were evaluated. The results indicate that the radiation hazard from primordial radionuclides in all soil samples from the area studied in this current work is not significant. - Highlights: • Radioactivity in surface soils from the Chao Phraya river basin in Thailand is evaluated. • Gamma-ray spectrometric analysis is to identify decays associated with 226Ra, 232Th and 40K. • The results provide baseline measurements for any changes in future radioactivity levels

  10. Estuarine geochemistry of 224Ra, 226Ra, and 222Rn

    Desorption from river borne sediments is the most likely source of the excess 226Ra. Laboratory mixing experiments on Pee Dee River sediments show an increase in 226Ra desorption with increasing salinities with maximum desorption occurring at or above 200/oo salinity. Desorption and diffusion are the sources for 226Ra in the estuarine systems. In Winyah Bay the 228Ra/226Ra activity ratio does not change significantly with salinity, averaging around 1.4, indicating desorption as the major source of 228Ra. In the Yangtze River the 228Ra/226Ra activity ratio is constant (approx.1.90) until increasing linearly above 160/oo. A diffusive flux from regeneration by 232Th decay in shelf sediments is the source of the increase. In Delaware Bay 228Ra increases faster than 226Ra in the less than or equal to220/oo water, indicating a source in addition to desorption. The increase can be balanced by a 0.33 dpm/cm2-year flux over the upper part of the Bay where fine grained sediments predominate. 224Ra behavior is controlled by its 3.64 day half-life. In Winyah Bay a flux of around 0.4 dpm/cm2-day is necessary to support the standing crop of non-desorbed 224Ra in the water column. In Delaware Bay the nearly constant 224Ra in concentration over the 2.50/oo to 120/oo salinity range are maintained by regeneration from 228Th in the turbidity maximum zones and diffusion from bottom sediments. Water leaving on ebb tide from a salt marsh on Delaware Bay had increases in all three radium isotopes (224Ra > 228Ra > 226Ra) compared to water coming in on the flood tide. Excess 222Rn concentrations in a fresh water section of the Pee Dee River show a decreasing downstream gradient. Using these gradients to determine evasion rates, stagnant film thicknesses range from 21μ to 62μ

  11. Rapid estimation of 226Ra in soil for the Grand Junction RASA/UMTRA project

    The Radiological Survey Activities (RASA) Group of the Health and Safety Research Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is an Inclusion Survey Contractor (ISC) for the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Program (UMTRAP). The purpose of the ISC is to survey designated sites potentially contaminated with radioactive material originating from the 24 inactive uranium mill sites and make recommendations as to whether the site should be included in or excluded from further consideration by UMTRAP. An important aspect of the program is a prompt and inexpensive estimation of Radium-226 (226Ra) concentration in soil samples. A large sodium iodide (NaI) well crystal coupled to a multichannel analyzer is used to count soil samples. Count data are currently analyzed with an algorithm that utilizes three regions of interest (ROI). A lack of agreement was observed when samples were also analyzed with lithium-drifted germanium (GeLi) spectrometers. The average estimate of 226Ra obtained using the current algorithm was 19% greater than the GeLi determination. Some possible reasons for these differences were examined. In 8.5% of the samples, the relative concentration of Cesium-137 (137Cs) was highly correlated to the extent of error. Using alternative analysis techniques, the error for 226Ra estimations may be reduced by a factor of 2 for randomly selected samples and by a factor of 4 for samples containing high concentrations of 137Cs relative to the concentrations of 226Ra. 9 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  12. Measurement of natural and 137Cs radioactivity concentrations at Izmit Bay (Marmara Sea), Turkey

    Öksüz, I.; Güray, R. T.; Özkan, N.; Yalçin, C.; Ergül, H. A.; Aksan, S.

    2016-03-01

    In order to determine the radioactivity level at Izmit Bay Marmara Sea, marine sediment samples were collected from five different locations. The radioactivity concentrations of naturally occurring 238U, 232Th and 40K isotopes and also that of an artificial isotope 137Cs were measured by using gamma-ray spectroscopy. Preliminary results show that the radioactivity concentrations of 238U and 232Th isotopes are lower than the average worldwide values while the radioactivity concentrations of the 40K are higher than the average worldwide value. A small amount of 137Cs contamination, which might be caused by the Chernobyl accident, was also detected.

  13. 226Ra and 228Ra activities in French foodstuffs

    The activities of 228Ac and 214Bi in French foodstuffs acquired during the last 15 years allow one to obtain reference values of 228Ra and 226Ra activities which are usable to assess the dose to the French population due to the intake of these two natural radionuclides. As expected, because of similar 238U and 232Th activities in French soils (around 40 Bq.kg-1), the 226Ra/228Ra activity ratio in French terrestrial foodstuffs is close to 1. Most kinds of foodstuffs present similar mean activities: from 0.1 to 0.2 Bq.kg-1 fresh for cereals, leafy vegetables, root vegetables, eggs and fishes (marine and freshwater). The activity in fruits is lower, around 0.05 Bq.kg-1, similar to that of meat calculated on the basis of the numerous grass measurement results. The lowest activities are noticeable for milk: around 0.015 Bq.L-1. All these values are in good agreement with the data from various countries, but most often 2 to 3 times higher than the reference values proposed by UNSCEAR. This study also shows that due to the large variability of foodstuff activities reported by a large amount of data, it is not possible to distinguish the activities of samples from regions with a gap of only a factor of 2 between their soil activities. (authors)

  14. Behavior of 210Pb and 226Ra in tailing samples at Jaduguda

    Several investigation at various parts of the world as well as in different parts of India reported wide variation in activity of 210Pb and 226Ra in environmental matrices. Since 210Pb occurs in decay chain of 226Ra one would expect that in isolated and undisturbed domain the ratio to be nearly unity. However such a ratio is rarely reached. In the actual experience this ratio is influenced to different degree by several environmental parameters such as soil porosity, particle size distribution, and chemical nature of soil and subsurface and surface movement of water. A thorough study on 226Ra and 210Pb ratio can in principle be used as tool to evaluate some environmental parameters in the tailing ponds. A study of natural radioactivity levels including 226Ra and 210Pb in tailing sample around tailing pond area of uranium mining and milling complex located in the Singhbhum regions of Eastern India were undertaken. Tailing pond is covered with the normal background soil known as capping soil. This also reduces the emanation of radon and exposure due 226Ra and its daughter products. Tailings samples were collected after removing the top capping soil. Samples were processed as described by Environmental Measurement Laboratory (EML 1990). Activity concentration of natural 238U series radionuclide like thorium isotopes (234Th and 228Th), lead isotopes (210Pb and 212Pb), radium isotopes (226Ra and 228Ra) and 234mPa were measured using HPGe based high resolution gamma spectrometric technique after attaining secular equilibrium between 226Ra and its daughters. IAEA standard sources RGTh-1 (800 μg/g of 232Th), RGU-1 (400μg/g of 238U), were used for energy and efficiency calibration of the spectrometer in the same geometry (plastic containers of 6.5 cm dia x 7.5 cm ht) as that of the samples. (author)

  15. Radioactive secular equilibrium in 238U and 232Th series in granitoids from Greece

    Granitoid rocks belonging to plutons of Greece, covering a wide range of compositions and rock-types, have been studied for their specific activity (Bq/kg) of 238U and 226Ra from 238U radioactive series and 228Ra and 228Th from 232Th radioactive series by using gamma-ray spectroscopy. Results on the radioactive secular equilibrium of both 238U and 232Th radioactive series are presented by studying the 226Ra/238U and 228Ra/228Th ratios. The majority of the samples are in radioactive secular equilibrium for 226Ra/238U±1σ. However, several samples exhibit 226Ra/238U ratios significantly different from 1. The distortion of the secular equilibrium in the 226Ra–238U isotopic system of those samples has occurred over the last 1 Ma, and can be associated with post-magmatic processes, mainly rock–water interactions. All studied samples have 228Ra/228Th ratios equal to unity ±1σ. Consequently, they can be considered to be in secular equilibrium for the last 40 a. - Highlights: ► Generally, a strong correlation between 238U and 226Ra is obvious. ► Post-magmatic processes caused radioactive disequilibrium in the 238U isotopic system. ► All samples are in radioactive secular equilibrium in the 232Τh isotopic system. ► There is no correlation between mineralogy, texture, colour, age and the isotopic ratios studied

  16. Rapid estimation of /sup 226/Ra in soil for the Grand Junction RASA/UMTRA project

    Kark, J.B.; Borak, T.B.; Kearney, P.D.; Rood, A.S.

    1986-01-01

    The Radiological Survey Activities (RASA) Group of the Health and Safety Research Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is an Inclusion Survey Contractor (ISC) for the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Program (UMTRAP). The purpose of the ISC is to survey designated sites potentially contaminated with radioactive material originating from the 24 inactive uranium mill sites and make recommendations as to whether the site should be included in or excluded from further consideration by UMTRAP. An important aspect of the program is a prompt and inexpensive estimation of Radium-226 (/sup 226/Ra) concentration in soil samples. A large sodium iodide (NaI) well crystal coupled to a multichannel analyzer is used to count soil samples. Count data are currently analyzed with an algorithm that utilizes three regions of interest (ROI). A lack of agreement was observed when samples were also analyzed with lithium-drifted germanium (GeLi) spectrometers. The average estimate of /sup 226/Ra obtained using the current algorithm was 19% greater than the GeLi determination. Some possible reasons for these differences were examined. In 8.5% of the samples, the relative concentration of Cesium-137 (/sup 137/Cs) was highly correlated to the extent of error. Using alternative analysis techniques, the error for /sup 226/Ra estimations may be reduced by a factor of 2 for randomly selected samples and by a factor of 4 for samples containing high concentrations of /sup 137/Cs relative to the concentrations of /sup 226/Ra. 9 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. 137Cs metabolism during pregnancy

    Data from two pregnant women contaminated with 137 Cs, body burdens of 0.2 and 300 MBq, respectively, at the time of the Goiania accident, were compared. The first one, with lower 137 Cs body burden was exposed during the fourth month of pregnancy, while the second became pregnant three years and eight months after 137 Cs intake. For the first woman 137 Cs concentrations were similar for the mother, infant and placenta, indicating an easy and homogeneous transport of 137 Cs from mother to fetus. The whole-body monitoring data from the second woman, who became pregnant four years after intake, did not show a reduction in biological half-life during the pregnancy. Cs concentration in the mother was found to be 13 times higher than in the infant. One possible reason for this result is that four after intake. Cs is supposed to be concentrated mainly in skeletal muscle tissue. During the pregnancy the blood flux becomes higher in most of organs and tissues except brain, liver and skeletal muscle tissue. In this case, the physiological changes due to pregnancy did not modify the cesium retention. (author)

  18. Treatment of solid waste containing 226Ra

    This work is directed to the treatment of radioactive solid waste containing mainly radium (226Ra) produced from oil and gas production industries in Egypt. The treatment process has been carried out by suspending the clay fraction content in the solid waste in suitable leaching solutions. These compremise aqueous saline solution and aqueous saline solutions containing certain additives, namely, Washing Powder (W.P.), Shell and Span 20 surfactants. Treatment with saline solution containing either W.P. or Shell surfactants, showed an enhancement in the removal of 226Ra compared to that with saline solution alone or containing Span 20. Factors affect the treatment process have been investigated and discussed. The removal percentage of 226Ra was found to depend on the clay fines content in the solid waste. Further sequential treatment schemes have been tested and optimized

  19. Simultaneous determination of gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra in natural water by liquid scintillation counting

    The determination of gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra activity in natural waters is useful in a wide range of environmental studies. Furthermore, gross alpha and gross beta parameters are included in international legislation on the quality of drinking water [Council Directive 98/83/EC]. In this work, a low-background liquid scintillation counter (Wallac, Quantulus 1220) was used to simultaneously determine gross alpha, gross beta and 226Ra activity in natural water samples. Sample preparation involved evaporation to remove 222Rn and its short-lived decay daughters. The evaporation process concentrated the sample ten-fold. Afterwards, a sample aliquot of 8 mL was mixed with 12 mL of Ultima Gold AB scintillation cocktail in low-diffusion vials. In this study, a theoretical mathematical model based on secular equilibrium conditions between 226Ra and its short-lived decay daughters is presented. The proposed model makes it possible to determine 226Ra activity from two measurements. These measurements also allow determining gross alpha and gross beta simultaneously. To validate the proposed model, spiked samples with different activity levels for each parameter were analysed. Additionally, to evaluate the model's applicability in natural water, eight natural water samples from different parts of Spain were analysed. The eight natural water samples were also characterised by alpha spectrometry for the naturally occurring isotopes of uranium (234U, 235U and 238U), radium (224Ra and 226Ra), 210Po and 232Th. The results for gross alpha and 226Ra activity were compared with alpha spectrometry characterization, and an acceptable concordance was obtained

  20. 232Th, a rigid rotor

    We undertake the present work to treat 232Th with a soft rotor formula used recently by C. Bihari et. al for γ-band and modified by J.B. Gupta et. al. It describes energy in terms of moment of inertia and softness parameter

  1. 137Cs in freshwater fish in Finland

    The paper deals with an evaluation of the importance of Finnish freshwater fish as a source of 137Cs in the diet. Freshwater fish were analysed for 137Cs in 1982. The 137Cs concentration factors from water to edible fish were determined for the same year. The evaluation is based on an extensive surface water investigation performed from 1965 to 1967. Along with the continuous fallout monitoring since the beginning of the 1960'es, this material makes it possible to valuate the 137Cs levels in surface water right up to the 1980'es. In 1982 the Finns received an average of 90 Bq 137Cs from freshwater fish. This dose constitutes a quarter of the 137Cs uptake from the total food consumtion in Finland in 1982

  2. 137Cs in northern Adriatic sediments

    The activity of 137Cs in shallow northern Adriatic sediments was obtained on the basis of measurement results from 25 sediment box cores, sampled during the Adriatic Scientific COoperation Program (ASCOP) 16 cruise in the summer 1990. 137Cs was determined in surface sediments (0-3 cm) and 12-15 cm-deep sediment. It was found that the lowest caesium concentrations correspond to sands, which are spread along the Croatian coast. Parallel to the Italian coast, 137Cs concentrations in pelites are the highest. It seems that the influence of Po River is significant for 137Cs activities in recent marine sediments along Italian coast south of Po River delta. Significantly higher 137Cs activities in 0-3 cm sediment layer can be attributed to the deposition caused by Chernobyl accident. (author)

  3. Desorption of 137Cs+ from mosses

    OLGICA NEDIC

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Mosses are biomonitors that accumulate large amounts of various pollutants, including radionuclides. In this work we investigated the possibility of 137Cs extraction from mosses, as well as the significance of species specificity on the efficiency of 137Cs desorption. Salt and acid solutions were used as extraction media. It was shown that a 5 % solution of both ammonium oxalate and phosphoric acid was able to desorb 81.8 % of 137Cs+ from Homalothecium sericeum, which was 39.9 % more than desorption from water. At the same time, most of the desorbed 137Cs+ was incorporated in crystals that precipitated from the solution. An interspecies difference in respect to 137Cs+ desorption was noticed.

  4. 226Ra determination in phosphogypsum by alpha-particle spectrometry

    A radiochemical method for 226Ra determination by alpha-particle spectrometry in environmental samples has been developed in our laboratory. The method has been validated by measurements in samples with known concentrations of this radionuclide and it has been applied in studies related to 226Ra behaviour in phosphogypsum (the main by-product of producing phosphoric acid from phosphate rocks). (author)

  5. Sequential Extraction and Measurement of 226Ra, 210Po, U and Th Isotopes in NORM Matrices

    Phosphate rock is a Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material containing high concentrations of radioisotopes from the 238U and/or 232Th natural decay series (up to 5·103 Bq·kg-1). This is the reason why several products and by-products of the phosphate industry (e.g. phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, dicalcium phosphate and phosphogypsum) retain large fractions of those radionuclides. A vast amount of radiochemical methods have been proposed in the literature to extract, concentrate and analyze the content of these natural radionuclides in those samples. Unfortunately, many of these methods were originally developed for their application in environmental samples, thus their application to highly complex industrial matrices often decreases their chemical performance. Hence it is advisable to develop radiochemical ad hoc methods for those samples. In this work a sequential chemical extraction method for the determination of 226Ra, 210Po, U-isotopes and Th-isotopes in raw material, products and by-products from the phosphate industry is presented. In a first step, 226Ra is measured through Liquid Scintillation Counting following barium sulphate precipitation. Due to the difficulty of the matrices, recovery must be carefully controlled, thus 133Ba (T1/2 = 10.53 y) is used as internal tracer for 226Ra. Afterwards, 210Po, U and Th isotopes are determined using alpha spectrometry after a selective separation scheme which combines liquid-liquid extraction (TBP) and anion exchange techniques. The high concentration of uranium and thorium in those kinds of samples sometimes leads to crossover contamination after the radiochemical separation. For a successful uranium-thorium separation, after several anion exchange schemes trials, purification in hydrochloric acid media is suggested. (author)

  6. Biokinetic model for 137 Cs

    The main objective of this work was to provide a realistic biokinetic model for 137 Cs metabolism. This model was based on the retention of cesium in 57 people contaminated in the Goiania accident, ages 1 to 73 y old, complemented by data obtained in an experiment with beagle dogs, and data taken from the open literature. Cesium is distributed among all tissues and organs of the body. Its main retention site is the skeletal muscle tissue. Mathematically, cesium retention in the body may be described by a sum of three terms exponential equation. The first term represents the fraction which is rapidly eliminated in urine. This fraction is weight dependent (negative correlation). The second term represents the retention of cesium in tissues and organs of the body. For children and adolescents, the second term biological half-life is a function of the weight. For adults, it is correlated with sex. Men present a higher retention of cesium than women. The third term correspond to a retention fraction of the order of 0,1% of the initial body burden. It is characterized by a very long half-life and represents a subcellular retention of cesium in the skeletal muscle tissue. During pregnancy the transfer factor from the mother to the fetus is correlated to the amount of cesium in the blood and it is equal to 1, if the intake of cesium occurs pregnancy. (author)

  7. 137Cs concentration in stingray (Dasyatis akajei)

    137Cs, which is of great interest and importance as an indicator of radioactive pollution in marine environments, is one of the long-lived artificial radio-nuclides introduced by the atmospheric deposition of debris from nuclear explosions mainly before 1962. For the estimation of effects of the effluents from nuclear facilities, it is necessary to know the natural variations in the concentration of 137Cs and factors affecting variations in marine organisms. We observed positive correlation between growth and 137Cs in 4 species among 14 major teleost species from fishing grounds along the coast of Japan. No increase in 137Cs concentration with increase of growth was observed in 2 species. In the remaining species no specific correlation is observed. These differences in the patterns were dependent on a change of feed habits with growth. As little is known of the 137Cs concentration in selachian we have investigated the natural variations of 137Cs in stingray. The correlation between growth and the concentration of 137Cs in stingray will be discussed. (author)

  8. 226Ra and 228Ra activities associated with agricultural drainage ponds and wetland ponds in the Kankakee Watershed, Illinois-Indiana, USA

    Background radioactivity is elevated in many agricultural drainage ponds and also constructed wetland ponds in the Kankakee watershed. During 1995-1999, gross-α and -β activities were measured up to 455 and 1650 mBq L-1, respectively. 226Ra and 228Ra averaged 139 and 192 mBq L-1 in controlled drainage ponds compared to 53 and 58 mBq L-1 for 226Ra and 228Ra, respectively, in native wetland ponds. Analyses of applied ammonium phosphate fertilizers near both native and controlled ponds indicate comparable 226Ra/228Ra and 228Ra/232Th activity ratios with only the surface waters in the controlled ponds. For example, 226Ra/ 228Ra activity ratios in controlled ponds ranged from 0.79 to 0.91 and group with a local fertilizer batch containing FL phosphate compounds with 226Ra/228Ra activity ratios of 0.83-1.04. Local soils of the Kankakee watershed have 226Ra/228Ra activity ratios of 0.54-0.70. Calculated Ra fluxes of waters, in drainage ditches associated with these controlled ponds, for 226Ra ranged from 0.77 to 9.00 mBq cm-2 d-1 and for 228Ra ranged from 1.22 to 8.43 mBq cm-2 d-1. Ra activity gradients were measured beneath these controlled ponds both in agricultural landscapes and in constructed wetlands, all being associated with drainage ditches. Ra had infiltrated to the local water table but was below regulatory maximum contaminant limits. Still, measurable Ra activity was measured downgradient of even the constructed wetlands in the Kankakee watershed, suggesting that the attenuation of Ra was low. However, no Ra excess was observed in the riparian zone or the Kankakee River downgradient of the native wetland ponds

  9. 137Cs in biota and sediment samples from Turkish coast of the Black Sea, 1997-1998

    During the periods of 1997-1998, macroalgae, sea snail, mussel, fish and sediment samples were collected from different stations at Turkish Black Sea coast in order to determine activity levels of 137Cs radionuclide. 137Cs activity in the tested algae species and in soft parts of mussel and sea snail, were found to be below the lower limit of detection. On the other hand, the 137Cs concentration in muscle tissue of the sea snail samples were found from 6±2 to 19±7 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The range of the 137Cs concentration in anchovy fish muscles were found between 4±2 - 10±5 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The 137Cs concentration in the whiting fish muscle was found below the lower limit of detection. However, this activity found in shad fish muscle to be 25±10 Bq x kg-1 dry weight. The concentrations of the 137Cs activity in the sediment samples proved that the eastern region of the Black Sea was affected by Chernobyl at a very high degree compared with the western part. The measured 238U, 232Th and 40K concentrations in sediment samples are within the range of the cited values in the previous works at the Turkish Black Sea coast. (author)

  10. Transfer of 137Cs into mother's milk

    The concern of nursing mothers about the contamination of foodstuffs after Chernobyl prompted this investigation of radiocaesium transfer to mother's milk. Between May 1987 and December 1988, duplicates of daily food intakes, as well as the corresponding mothers' milk samples, were collected from 12 nursing mothers for two to four weeks in order to measure the 137Cs activity. Once during the collection period, the total-body activity of each of the mothers involved was measured. Based on our results, 137Cs is transferred into mother's milk not only directly from food intake but also from the accumulated body burden. Approximately 19% of the 137Cs activity from the daily food intake and about 13% of the specific 137Cs body activity of the mother are transferred into 1 litre of mother's milk. (author)

  11. Leaching of 226Ra from components of uranium mill tailings

    Landa, E.R.

    1991-01-01

    A sequential extraction procedure was used to characterize the geochemical forms of 226Ra retained by mixtures of quartz sand and a variety of fine-grained rock and mineral species. These mixtures had previously been exposed to the sulfuric acid milling liquor of a simulated acid-leach uranium milling circuit. For most test cases, the major fraction of the 226Ra was extracted with 1 mol/1 NH4Cl and was deemed to be exchangeable. However, 226Ra retained by the barite-containing mixture was resistant to both 1 mol/1 NH4Cl and 1 mol/HCHCl extraction. ?? 1991.

  12. The presence of natural radioactivity and 137Cs in the South China Sea bordering peninsular Malaysia.

    Amin, Y M; Mahat, R H; Nor, R M; Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Takleef, Ghazwa Hatem; Bradley, D A

    2013-10-01

    The presence of natural radioactivity and (137)Cs has been investigated in fresh media obtained from South China Sea locations off the coast of peninsular Malaysia. The media include seafood, sea water and sediment. The samples were collected some weeks prior to the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and associated tsunami, the occurrence of which precipitated the Fukushima incident. All samples showed the presence of naturally occurring (226)Ra, (228)Ra and primordial (40)K, all at typically prevailing levels. The concentrations of natural radioactivity in molluscs were found to be greater than that of other marine life studied herein, the total activity ranging from 337 to 393 Bq kg(-1) dry weight. The total activity in sea water ranged from 15 to 88 Bq l(-1). Sediment samples obtained at deep sea locations more than 20 km offshore further revealed the presence of (137)Cs. The activity of (137)Cs varied from ND to 0.5 Bq kg(-1) dry weight, the activity increasing with offshore distance and depth. The activity concentrations presented herein should be considered useful in assessing the impact of any future radiological contamination to the marine environment. PMID:23584496

  13. 226Ra in the western Indian Ocean

    Chung, Y.

    1987-09-01

    226Ra profiles have been measured in the western Indian Ocean as part of the 1977-1978 Indian Ocean GEOSECS program. These profiles show a general increase in deep and bottom water Ra concentration from the Circumpolar region to the Arabian Sea. A deep Ra maximum which originates in the Arabian Sea and in the Somali basin at about 3000 m depth spreads southward into the Mascarene basin and remains discernible in the Madagascar and Crozet basins. In the western Indian Ocean, the cold Antarctic Bottom Water spreads northward under the possibly southward-flowing deep water, forming a clear benthic front along the Crozet basin across the Southwest Indian Ridge into the Madagascar and Mascarene basins. The Antarctic Bottom Water continues to spread farther north to the Somali basin through the Amirante Passage at 10°S as a western boundary current. The benthic front and other characteristic features in the western Indian Ocean are quite similar to those observed in the western Pacific where the benthic front as a distinctive feature was first described by Craig et al. [15]. Across the Mid-Indian Ridge toward the Ceylon abyssal plain near the triple junction, Ra profiles display a layered structure, reflecting the topographic effect of the mid-ocean ridge system on the mixing and circulation of the deep and bottom waters. Both Ra and Si show a deep maximum north of the Madagascar basin. Linear relationships between these two elements are observed in the deep and bottom water with slopes increasing northward. This suggests a preferential input of Ra over Si from the bottom sediments of the Arabian Sea and also from the flank sediments of the Somali basin.

  14. 226Ra bioavailability of plants at urgeirica uranium mill tailings

    Large amounts of solid wastes (tailings) resulting from the exploitation and treatment of uranium ore at the Urgeirica mine (north of Portugal) have been accumulated in dams (tailing ponds). To reduce the dispersion of natural radionuclides into the environment some dams were revegetated with eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globolus) and pines (Pinus pinea). Besides, some shrubs (Cytisus s.p.) are growing at some of the dams. The objective of this study is to determine the 226Ra bioavailability from uranium mill tailings through the quantification of the total and available fraction of radium in the solid wastes and to estimate its transfer to the plants growing on the tailing piles. Plants and solid waste samples were randomly collected at dams. Activity concentration of 226Ra in plants (aerial part and roots) and solid wastes were measured by gamma spectrometry. The exchangeable fraction of radium in solid wastes was quantified using one single step extraction with 1 mol dm-3 ammonium acetate (pH=7) or 1 mol dm-3 calcium chloride solutions. The results obtained for the 226Ra uptake by plants show that 226Ra concentration ratios for eucalyptus and pines decrease at low 226Ra concentration in the solid wastes and appear relatively constant at higher radium concentrations. For shrubs, the concentration ratios increase at higher 226Ra solid waste concentrations approaching a saturation value. Percentage values of 16.0±8.3 and 12.9±8.9, for the fraction of radium extracted from the solid wastes, using 1 mol dm-3 ammonium acetate or calcium chloride solutions respectively, were obtained. The 226Ra concentration ratios determined on the basis of exchangeable radium are one order of magnitude higher than those based on total radium. It can be concluded that, within the standard error values, more consistent 226Ra concentration ratios were obtained when calculated on the basis of available radium than when total radium was considered, for all the dams. (author)

  15. The chemistry of 226Ra in the uranium milling process

    Uranium mining, ore crushing, grinding and leaching can substantially redistribute radium in the environment. Solvent extraction or other separation processes leave mill tailings with high 226Ra concentration. Radium is readily adsorbed on the surfaces of leached solids or coprecipitated with barium sulfates. More solid ore phase studies are required to identify all the physico-chemical mechanisms controlling 226Ra dissolution from leaching ore-liquor systems. 29 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs

  16. Natural radionuclides and 137Cs in commercialized edible mushrooms in Sao Paulo-Brazil

    Artificial and natural radionuclides are commonly found in several compartments of the earth's crust. Some mushroom species have a high capacity to absorb radionuclides and toxic elements from the soil. Diet is considered as one of the main routes of radioactive contamination. Therefore, radioactivity measurements in the environment and in food are extremely important to monitor the radiation levels that human can be exposed to either directly or indirectly. Environmental bio monitoring has demonstrated that diverse organisms such as crustaceans, fish and mushrooms are useful when evaluating both the contamination and the quality of the ecosystems. There are actually several radionuclides that can be accumulated in mushrooms, including 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U. There are few studies in the Southern hemisphere countries, on the natural and artificial radioactivity levels in mushrooms. The present study evaluated 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U in commercialized edible mushrooms in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The edible mushroom samples were acquired in different commercial establishments in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region, specifically in Municipal Markets. Some samples were acquired directly from producers located in the cities of Mogi das Cruzes, Mirandopolis, Suzano and Juquitiba. About 400g were collected for each edible mushroom species, which included Agaricus sp, Pleurotus sp and Lentinula sp species. All the samples were prepared and stored in polyethylene bottles for approximately 35 days, so that secular equilibrium could be established before counting. The 40K, 137Cs, 232Th and 238U gamma activities were measured by gamma spectrometry. The equipment consisted of a Hyper pure Germanium detector connected to an electronic system. The detector efficiency was obtained from measurements of reference materials: IAEA-300, IAEA-327 and IAEA-375. The results for the specific activities in edible mushrooms samples ranged fi-om 461 to 1535 Bq kg-1, 1.4 to 10.6 Bq

  17. Late excretion rates of 226Ra and 210Pb following occupational or iatrogenic exposure. I. 226Ra

    The urinary and fecal excretion rates of 226Ra have been determined for 53 subjects who had been exposed to 226Ra; 25 had been radium dial painters, 16 were iatrogenic (medical) cases and 12 were former radium chemists. The mean coefficient of elimination, CE (fraction of body content excreted annually), was significantly lower for the medical cases than for dial painters. The mean ratio of urinary-to-fecal excretion rates was 3.0 +- 0.7%

  18. Radiochemical determination of 137Cs in foods

    A determination of radionuclides in food samples is important in commodities in order to attend to regulatory requirements for international trade. As a long-lived radioisotope of cesium, 137Cs is produced as a result of human nuclear activities and than its contamination level evaluation among others radionuclides in foods is necessary. A methodology for the determination of 137Cs in foods, pork and fish, is described. The procedures covered homogenization and freeze-drying of the samples. The 137Cs was measured by gamma spectrometry using Canberra 50% HPGe detector. The counting was carried out with Monte Carlo software for detection conditions optimization including geometry and chemical data information. A certified sample, SRM IAEA-375, was analyzed in order to evaluate the reliability of the method, and the results showed good agreement between the measured and certified values. (author)

  19. Spatial 137Cs distribution in forest soil

    This work presents the distribution of radioactive caesium in several types of forest soil originating from the Lesisko reserve (Opole Province, Poland). Vertical distribution of 137Cs isotope was determined in the profiles related to physicochemical properties of different types of soils and their location. Thickness of emerging genetic horizons, structure and morphology of soil profiles were determined. The highest 137Cs activities were found in Of and A horizons. At the same time, there was a sudden drop of 137Cs activity in mineral horizons of soil profiles. By analysis of caesium radioisotope content and its distribution in soil profiles significant correlations were observed between certain physicochemical properties (e.g. pH value, hydrolytic acidity, granulometric composition) of soils in selected forest habitats. (author)

  20. 226Ra i 228Ra in Croatian Rivers

    Results of 226Ra and 228Ra in Croatian river waters are presented in this paper. The presence of natural radionuclides in the Croatian rivers emphasizes the need for continuous monitoring. 226Ra and 228Ra were chosen as a possible source of human exposure to radioactivity due to their high radio-toxicity. River water samples (50 L) were collected from the Danube, Drava, Sava, Krka and Neretva rivers twice a year from 2002 to 2006. Activity concentrations of 226Ra ranged from 6.54 mBq L-1 to 59.44 mBq L-1 and 228Ra activity concentrations ranged from 2.57 mBq L-1 to 20.76 mBq L-1. The highest values of both 226Ra and 228Ra were measured in the Drava river, and the lowest values in the Sava river. Statistically significant differences were not observed between radium concentrations from two watersheds (the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea watershed), nor between 226Ra/228Ra ratio in rivers individually. The number of collected samples is insufficient to make statistically significant conclusions. Further investigation is necessary to obtain larger number of samples. However, the data obtained in this study could be the baseline for evaluating possible future changes.(author)

  1. 137Cs metabolism in pregnant women

    Data from two pregnant women contaminated with 137Cs, body burdens of 0.2 and 300 MBq, respectively at the time of the Goiania accident, were compared. The first one, with lower body burden was exposed during the fourth month of pregnancy, while the second became pregnant three years and eight months after 137Cs intake. For the first woman 137Cs concentrations were equal for the mother, infant and placenta, indicating an easy and homogeneous transport of 137Cs from mother to foetus. The whole body monitoring data from the second woman, who became pregnant four years after intake, did not show a reduction in biological half-life during the pregnancy. Cs concentration in the mother was found to be 13 times higher than in the infant. One possible reason for this result is that four years after intake, Cs is supposed to be concentrated mainly in skeletal muscle tissue. During the pregnancy the blood flux becomes higher in most of the organs and tissues except brain, liver and skeletal muscle tissue. (author)

  2. Radium isotopes (226Ra and 228Ra) in Na–Cl type groundwaters from Tohoku District (Aomori, Akita and Yamagata Prefectures) in Japan

    A total of 28 Na–Cl type groundwater samples were collected from Aomori, Akita and Yamagata Prefectures, in the Tohoku District of Japan, and their radium isotope (226Ra and 228Ra) concentrations were measured along with their chemical components and stable isotope ratios (δ2H and δ18Os). The 226Ra concentrations in groundwater samples varied widely, ranging from 8.8 to 1587 mBq kg−1. These concentrations showed an increasing tendency with the increase of the total dissolved solid (TDS) contents. The 228Ra/226Ra activity ratios were in the range from 0.3 to 4.2, with most data being around 0.5–2. These ratios were within those of 232Th/238U found in granitic and related rocks and so on in Japan, indicating that Ra isotopes mainly ejected into the groundwater by the alpha-recoil process. The relationship between 226Ra and other parameters suggested that Ra isotopes in groundwater samples in this study were mainly constrained by adsorption–desorption reactions depending on salinity with wide variation. Clear correlation between 226Ra-Ca, 226Ra-Sr, 226Ra–Ba and 226Ra–TDS observed in sulfate-free groundwater samples indicated that Ra isotopes of them were constrained by adsorption–desorption reactions depending on salinity under reducing condition. In contrast, relationship of 226Ra-Ca, 226Ra-Sr, 226Ra–Ba and 226Ra–TDS in sulfate-containing groundwater samples varied widely, and then, removal or enhanced mobility of Ra isotopes of them were observed. - Highlights: • Twenty-eight Na–Cl type groundwater samples were collected from Tohoku District in Japan. • Most of the groundwater samples were seawater (fossil seawater) in origin. • Ra isotopes in groundwaters were supplied by alpha-recoil from aquifer rock surface. • Adsorption–desorption reaction depending on the salinity constrained Ra activities in groundwater samples

  3. 137Cs in forest ecosystems in Estonia

    Full text: In the recently published 'Europe's Environment' (1995) one can find the map on 137Cs cumulative deposition in Europe after the Chernobyl accident (source: De Corte et al., 1990). On this map most of the Eastern Europe including Baltic Sea region is practically uncovered. In this reason we decided to present data on accumulation of 137Cs in the forest ecosystems in Estonia. Field sampling for current study has been conducted in 1986 - 1994. 137Cs concentrations were measured in different compartments of model trees, ground vegetation layers, debris and topsoil. The amount of 137Cs varied from 1.9 kBq/m2 in continental Estonia to 28.8 kBq/m2 in north-eastern Ne part of Estonia. The results obtained correspond to data presented in Wahlstroem et al., (1992) for Finland. According to the 'Europe's Environment' criteria northeastern Estonia belongs to the third cumulative deposition zone (10 to 32 kBq/m2). In Estonia the total deposition of 137Cs varies in the range from practically zero to 3.9 kBq/m2 . The calculations of Realo et al. (1994) back to May 1, 1986 gave figures from 0 to 21 kBq/m2. In macro lichens Cetraria, Cladina, Cladonia the rapid changes in 137Cs concentrations were observed: 0.06 - 0.18 kBq/kg in 1982-85, 0.93 - 6.23 kBq/kg in 1986-87, 0.27 -4.26 kBq/kg in 1988-89, 0.05 - 1.46 kBq/kg in 1990-91 and, finally, 0.03 - 0.46 kBq/kg in 1993-94. At the end of the observation period average value of the 137Cs concentrations was the same as maximum before the CRA and decline of the concentrations was 4 times during six years. Average concentrations of 137Cs in two common forest mosses Pleurozium shreberi and Hylocomium splendens was 0.43 kBq/kg of dry matter and in forest debris 0.38 kBq/kg. In 1986 the highest concentration in mushrooms - 16.6 kBq/kg was found in Lactarius sp. (Martin, L., et al., 1991). In 1991 samples of 41 different mushroom species from 63 sample sites mostly in Scots pine stands were analyzed. The highest concentration of

  4. Biological effects of 137Cs, incorporated into organism of rats

    Results of investigating mutagenous and hemotoxic effects of 137Cs on blood lymphocytes of rats are presented. 137Cs was orally administrated into organism of rats as 270 kBq/g chloride solution. 137Cs mutagenous effect was studied on metaphase plates of rat blood lymphocytes in course of rats lifetime experiment. It is stated that 137Cs inducing severe disturbances of genetic material in a great quantity of blood lymphocytes, causes their total killing

  5. 226Ra and calcium in the human eye

    The left eye from each of two CHR cases, 01 to 144 (body burden 690 nCi) and 01-017 (body burden 1210 nCi) was analyzed for 226Ra and calcium. The total amounts in the eye were 1.80 pCi of 226Ra and 2.3 mg of Ca in case 01 to 144, and 5.4 pCi of 226Ra and 14.2 mg of calcium in case 01 to 017. For the latter case the eye was dissected and showed the highest concentrations of activity (on a wet basis) in the choroid, 3.8 pCi/g, sclera 3.4 pCi/g and iris 2.9 pCi/g. The radium content of the eye was 2.7 x 10-4 percent to 4.7 x 10-4 percent of the total body content at 50 to 55 yr after first exposure. The 226Ra/Ca ratios in the whole eye were 1/3 to 1/4 those in the whole body, but that for the choroid from the dissected eye was identical to that of the whole body

  6. Quantitative Model for Estimating Soil Erosion Rates Using 137Cs

    YANGHAO; GHANGQING; 等

    1998-01-01

    A quantitative model was developed to relate the amount of 137Cs loss from the soil profile to the rate of soil erosion,According th mass balance model,the depth distribution pattern of 137Cs in the soil profile ,the radioactive decay of 137Cs,sampling year and the difference of 137Cs fallout amount among years were taken into consideration.By introducing typical depth distribution functions of 137Cs into the model ,detailed equations for the model were got for different soil,The model shows that the rate of soil erosion is mainly controlled by the depth distrbution pattern of 137Cs ,the year of sampling,and the percentage reduction in total 137Cs,The relationship between the rate of soil loss and 137Cs depletion i neither linear nor logarithmic,The depth distribution pattern of 137Cs is a major factor for estimating the rate of soil loss,Soil erosion rate is directly related with the fraction of 137Cs content near the soil surface. The influences of the radioactive decay of 137Cs,sampling year and 137Cs input fraction are not large compared with others.

  7. Sequential determination of U and Th isotopes and 226Ra by alpha spectrometry in phosphate fertilizer samples and phosphogypsum

    The Brazilian phosphate fertilizer is obtained by wet reaction of igneous phosphate rock with concentrated sulphuric acid, giving as final product phosphoric acid and calcium sulphate (phosphogypsum) as by-product. Phosphoric acid is the starting material for the production of the majors' phosphate fertilizers: triple superphosphate (TSP), single superphosphate (SSP), monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and diammonium phosphate (DAP). The phosphate rock used as raw material is enriched in radionuclides of the U and Th natural series. During the chemical attack these radionuclides are distributed among products and by-products. A sequential procedure was implemented to determine the content of radionuclides alpha emitters (234U, 238U, 230Th, 232Th, 228Th and 226Ra) in samples of phosphate rock, phosphogypsum and phosphate fertilizers produced by the Brazilian industries. The experimental procedure consisted of a chemical attack with strong acids, followed by sequential chromatography extractions in column with ionic resins. Depending upon the conditions of percolation U isotopes are separated, followed by Th isotopes and 226Ra. The solutions containing U and Th are electroplated on stainless steel disks and counted on a surface barrier detector for alpha spectrometry. To the Ra final solution, a BaSO4 seeding suspension was added to allow the formation of a micro precipitated of BaRaSO4. This precipitate is filtered in a polypropylene membrane and counted on the same detector. The precision and accuracy of the method were determined by analyzing reference materials: soil IAEA-326 and sediment IAEA-300. SSP and TSP, which are obtained by reacting phosphoric acid with phosphate rock in different proportions, presented higher concentrations of all studied radionuclides. Brazilian phosphate fertilizers, which are produced directly from phosphoric acid, MAP and DAP, present in their composition low concentrations of radionuclide 226Ra. As for the radionuclides U and Th, the

  8. Determination of 226Ra, 228Ra, and 210Pb in mushroom from a naturally high radioactive region

    Many studies have shown that mushrooms are organisms which efficiently accumulate radionuclides and can be used as indicators of environmental contamination and ecosystem quality. The Pocos de Caldas plateau, in Minas Gerais, is a region that has elevated natural radioactivity due to the presence of radiological anomalies of volcanic origin. Seventy areas of radioactive anomalies have been identified in this region. From the radiological point of view the determination of 226Ra, 228Ra, and 210Pb is relevant because they are decay products of the natural series of 238U and 232Th, mainly responsible for natural radioactive exposures of man. The present paper is part of a broader study conducted in the Pocos de Caldas plateau, in which the concentration activities of 226Ra, 228Ra, and 210Pb in mushroom samples were determined. The mushrooms were collected at different points of the plateau under the influence of radioactive anomalies and away from the influence of anomalies. From statistical studies a correlation between the accumulation of radionuclides in mushrooms and anomalies was established and it was possible to confirm the efficiency that the mushrooms present as environmental contamination indicators. (author)

  9. Determination of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, and {sup 210}Pb in mushroom from a naturally high radioactive region

    Rosa, Mychelle M.L.; Custodio, Luis Gustavo; Cheberle, Luan T.V.; Taddei, Maria Helena T., E-mail: mychelle@cnen.gov.br, E-mail: lgcustodio@hotmail.com, E-mail: lt.cheberle@bol.com.br, E-mail: mhtaddei@cnen.gov.br [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Laboratorio de Pocos de Caldas; Maihara, Vera A., E-mail: vmaihara@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (CNEN/IPEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Many studies have shown that mushrooms are organisms which efficiently accumulate radionuclides and can be used as indicators of environmental contamination and ecosystem quality. The Pocos de Caldas plateau, in Minas Gerais, is a region that has elevated natural radioactivity due to the presence of radiological anomalies of volcanic origin. Seventy areas of radioactive anomalies have been identified in this region. From the radiological point of view the determination of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, and {sup 210}Pb is relevant because they are decay products of the natural series of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th, mainly responsible for natural radioactive exposures of man. The present paper is part of a broader study conducted in the Pocos de Caldas plateau, in which the concentration activities of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, and {sup 210}Pb in mushroom samples were determined. The mushrooms were collected at different points of the plateau under the influence of radioactive anomalies and away from the influence of anomalies. From statistical studies a correlation between the accumulation of radionuclides in mushrooms and anomalies was established and it was possible to confirm the efficiency that the mushrooms present as environmental contamination indicators. (author)

  10. Marine radioactivity concentration in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Peninsular Malaysia. 226Ra, 228Ra and 228Ra/226Ra

    The present occurrence of 226Ra and 228Ra in marine sediment core and fish from the Exclusive Economic Zone in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia were studied. Sediment core and biota in respectively was collected using multicorer device and purchased from local fishermen at identified stations during the cruise expedition conducted in 2008. The purpose of this study was to determine and to make available an inventory of activity concentration levels and activity ratio for these radionuclides in this region. The activity concentrations of 226Ra and 228Ra in sediment core and edible part of fish were ranged between 15.9-46.5 and 27.7-87.1 Bq/kg dry wt and; 0.80-2.13 and 228Ra/226Ra in sediment core and fish were varied with the range between 1.63-2.09 and 0.45-2.38, respectively. Refer to those ranges the activity concentrations of radium isotopes were comparable with other region. Thus, it can be concluded that the occurrence of radium isotopes mainly supplied from terrestrial sources and the factors of assimilation efficiency and transfer coefficient of radium may probably effect to the variation activity concentration of 226Ra and 228Ra and its activity ratio in edible part of pelagic and demersal fish obtained in this study. (author)

  11. Reactive barriers for 137Cs retention

    137Cs was dispersed globally by cold war activities and, more recently, by the Chernobyl accident. Engineered extraction of 137Cs from soils and groundwaters is exceedingly difficult. Because the half life of 137Cs is only 30.2 years, remediation might be more effective (and less costly) if 137Cs bioavailability could be demonstrably limited for even a few decades by use of a reactive barrier. Essentially permanent isolation must be demonstrated in those few settings where high nuclear level wastes contaminated the environment with 135Cs (half life 2.3x106 years) in addition to 137Cs. Clays are potentially a low-cost barrier to Cs movement, though their long-term effectiveness remains untested. To identify optimal clays for Cs retention Cs resorption was measured for five common clays: Wyoming Montmorillonite (SWy-1), Georgia Kaolinites (KGa-1 and KGa-2), Fithian Illite (F-Ill), and K-Metabentonite (K-Mbt). Exchange sites were pre-saturated with 0.16 M CsCl for 14 days and readily exchangeable Cs was removed by a series of LiNO3 and LiCl washes. Washed clay were then placed into dialysis bags and the Cs release to the deionized water outside the bags measured. Release rates from 75 to 139 days for SWy-1, K-Mbt and F- 111 were similar; 0.017 to 0.021% sorbed Cs released per day. Both kaolinites released Cs more rapidly (0.12 to 0.05% of the sorbed Cs per day). In a second set of experiments, clays were doped for 110 days and subjected to an extreme and prolonged rinsing process. All the clays exhibited some capacity for irreversible Cs uptake so most soils have some limited ability to act as a natural barrier to Cs migration. However, the residual loading was greatest on K-Mbt (∼ 0.33 wt% Cs). Thus, this clay would be the optimal material for constructing artificial reactive barriers

  12. Recalibration of the 226Ra emanation analysis system

    The 226Ra emanation system was found to require recalibration. The gain of the various counting systems was established to about +-0.5%. The variance introduced into the analysis by multiple counting systems was low and corresponded to a fractional standard deviation of +-0.5%. The variance introduced into the analysis by both multiple counting systems and multiple counting chambers needs to be redetermined but is less than a fractional standard deviation of +-2%. The newly established calibration factor of 5.66 cpm/pg 226Ra is about 6% greater than that used previously. The leakage of radon into the greased fittings of the emanation flask which was indicated in an earlier study was not confirmed

  13. Salinity dependence of 226Ra adsorption on montmorillonite and kaolinite

    The effect of NaCl concentration (10.0-1,000 mM) on 226Ra adsorption was investigated in the presence of montmorillonite and kaolinite. A positive correlation was observed between the dissolved 226Ra and NaCl concentrations in the presence of these adsorbents. Distribution coefficients decreased from the order of 104 to 100 (mL g-1) with an increase in NaCl concentration. Although the coefficients were higher for montmorillonite than kaolinite at lower NaCl concentrations, the trend was reversed at higher NaCl concentrations (≥500 mM) owing to the sharper reduction of the coefficient for montmorillonite with the increase in NaCl concentration. The rapid reduction was ascribed to higher negative charge density of montmorillonite, which leads the Ra2+ adsorption mechanism to approach charge-compensating ion exchange. (author)

  14. Accumulation of 226-Ra by different plant species

    Soudek, Petr; Petrová, Šárka; Benešová, Dagmar; Vaněk, Tomáš

    Tsinghua: Tsinghua University Press, 2007 - (Zhu, Y.; Lepp, N.; Naidu, R.), s. 435-436 ISBN 978-7-302-15627-7. [International Conference for the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE). Beijing (CN), 15.07.2007-19.07.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1P05ME730 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : 226 Ra * uptake * phytoremediation Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  15. Natural radionuclides and {sup 137}Cs in commercialized edible mushrooms in Sao Paulo-Brazil; Radionuclideos naturais e {sup 137}Cs em cogumelos comestiveis comercializados em Sao Paulo - Brasil

    Castro, Lilian Pavanelli de

    2008-07-01

    Artificial and natural radionuclides are commonly found in several compartments of the earth's crust. Some mushroom species have a high capacity to absorb radionuclides and toxic elements from the soil. Diet is considered as one of the main routes of radioactive contamination. Therefore, radioactivity measurements in the environment and in food are extremely important to monitor the radiation levels that human can be exposed to either directly or indirectly. Environmental bio monitoring has demonstrated that diverse organisms such as crustaceans, fish and mushrooms are useful when evaluating both the contamination and the quality of the ecosystems. There are actually several radionuclides that can be accumulated in mushrooms, including {sup 40}K, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U. There are few studies in the Southern hemisphere countries, on the natural and artificial radioactivity levels in mushrooms. The present study evaluated {sup 40}K, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U in commercialized edible mushrooms in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The edible mushroom samples were acquired in different commercial establishments in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region, specifically in Municipal Markets. Some samples were acquired directly from producers located in the cities of Mogi das Cruzes, Mirandopolis, Suzano and Juquitiba. About 400g were collected for each edible mushroom species, which included Agaricus sp, Pleurotus sp and Lentinula sp species. All the samples were prepared and stored in polyethylene bottles for approximately 35 days, so that secular equilibrium could be established before counting. The {sup 40}K, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U gamma activities were measured by gamma spectrometry. The equipment consisted of a Hyper pure Germanium detector connected to an electronic system. The detector efficiency was obtained from measurements of reference materials: IAEA-300, IAEA-327 and IAEA-375. The results for the specific activities

  16. Separation of 137Cs from nuclear waste

    Sodium zirconate is one member of a family of new inorganic ion exchange materials which have high affinity for all actinides and fission product cations except for Cs+. A combination of cold, tracer and high level liquid waste experiments with sodium zirconate has shown that 70 to 80 and 80 to 100% of the Cs+ in high level liquid waste remains in solution following batch or column equilibration, respectively. The fact that 137Cs can be obtained in relatively pure form permits subsequent conversion directly to an insoluble radiation source. This is of prime importance in areas such as sewage sludge sterilization via γ-ray irradiation. (author)

  17. Possibility of rapidly reporting 226Ra activity in 226Ra-222Rn samples with unknown equilibrium factor by γ spectrometer

    SU Qiong; ZHENG Rui; CHEN Yong; CHENG Jian-Ping

    2004-01-01

    This paper reports the observed changes for equilibrium factors between 226Ra and 222Rn with sealing time of the samples. The samples include soil, raw coal, mineral water, cement, rock, etc. Especially the conceptions of "pre-equilibrium time" and "pre-equilibrium factor" have been put forward and methods of measuring and processing data have been given which can be used for rapidly reporting activity of 226Ra in samples with unknown equilibrium factor. It is definitely concluded that, using methods given in the paper, a test report will be completed in 3~7days, instead of one month, after receiving the sample whose activity is not lower than LLD of the spectrometer.

  18. Fallout 137Cs in soils from North Western Libya

    Fallout levels of 137Cs in surface soil from North Western Libya have been measured using gamma-ray spectrometry. The activity concentrations of 137Cs in soil ranged from 975 to 1720 mBq x kg-1. The areal activity concentrations ranged from 1300 to 2250 mBq x m-2, and were highly correlated with annual precipitation. The effective dose from external exposure to 137Cs is found to be 3 nSv x y-1. (author)

  19. Putative bioindicator of 137Cs in Perna viridis

    Green lipid mussels (Perna viridis L.) are utilized as bioindicators and bioconcentrators not only for marine radionuclide contamination but also for heavy metal bioaccumulation. Depurated P. viridis were incubated in 137Cs-spiked aquarium for 4 days. Soluble protein fractions of soft tissue obtained were electrophoresed (SDS-PAGE) to determine the exposure effects of 137Cs on P. viridis. Results showed the presence of a 154-kDa protein in 137Cs-spiked samples which could be a potential bioindicator of 137Cs in P. viridis. Other differences involving two more proteins (∼94-kDa and∼61 KDa) are reported. (Author)

  20. Speciation of 137Cs in the Baltic sea water

    A possibility of application of Filtrac 391 and Nuclepore filters, Ky-2-8-C exchanger and the Mtilon-T fiber impregnated with Fe, Co, Ni ferrocyanides for separation of particulate and ionic 137Cs in the sea water was investigated. Physico-chemical forms of 137Cs were investigated in the Baltic Sea water during 1995-1997. It was determined that 137Cs was mainly present in ionic form (62-93 %) both in the near-shore and open waters. Concentration of particulate 137Cs ranged from 255 to 625 Bq/kg (dry weight).The distribution coefficient (Kd) of radiocaesium reached values of 2100-9700. (author)

  1. Benchmark testing calculations for 232Th

    The cross sections of 232Th from CNDC and JENDL-3.3 were processed with NJOY97.45 code in the ACE format for the continuous-energy Monte Carlo Code MCNP4C. The Keff values and central reaction rates based on CENDL-3.0, JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-6.2 were calculated using MCNP4C code for benchmark assembly, and the comparisons with experimental results are given. (author)

  2. Distribution of 226Ra in the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea and its hydrologic implications

    邢娜; 陈敏; 黄奕普; 蔡平河; 邱雨生

    2003-01-01

    Radium-226 (226Ra) activities were measured in the surface water samples collected from the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea during the First Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition. The results showed that 226Ra concentrations in the surface water ranged from 0.28 to 1.56 Bq/m3 with an average of 0.76 Bq/m3 in the Arctic Ocean, and from 0.25 to 1.26 Bq/m3 with an average of 0.71 Bq/m3 in the Bering Sea. The values were obviously lower than those from open oceans in middle and low latitudes, indicating that the study area may be partly influenced by sea ice meltwater. In the Bering Sea, 226Ra in the surface water decreased northward, probably as a result of the exchange between the 226Ra-deficientsea ice meltwater and the 226Ra-rich Pacific water. In the Arctic Ocean, 226Ra in the surface water increased northward and eastward. This spatial distributionof 226Ra reflected the variation of the 226Ra-enriched river component in the water mass of the Arctic Ocean. The vertical profiles of 226Ra in the Canadian Basin showed a concentration maximum at 200 m, which could be attributed to the inputs of the Pacific water or/and the bottom shelf water with high 226Ra concentration. This conclusion was consistent with the results from 2H, 18O tracers.

  3. Mechanisms of 137Cs migration in coniferous forest soils

    Field and laboratory studies demonstrate two processes involved in 137Cs migration in coniferous forest soil. The data illustrate that the effects of leaching and litter accumulation combine, over the time interval since deposition, to achieve the observed distribution of 137Cs in the soil profile. Today, under normal field conditions the rate of 137Cs leaching from forest humus is low and even extreme environmental conditions do not increase greatly the extent of 137Cs mobilisation by leaching. A three-phase model of 137Cs migration in the organic horizons of coniferous forest soils is proposed. The phases are discrete but at any point in time the behaviour of some portion of deposited 137Cs will be characteristic of one of the three phases. In the first phase 137Cs intercepted by the canopy is washed to the forest floor where a proportion (20-40% is reported) rapidly percolates through the organic horizons reaching the underlying soil; the remainder is retained in the organic horizons. In the second phase, which our study estimates to last about 5 years, the 137Cs contained within the Ol and Of horizons moves to the Oh horizon. Accumulation of relatively uncontaminated litter on top of the Ol horizon contributes to this migration, while 137Cs mobilised from the Ol and Of horizons by decomposition is leached to the Oh horizon. The 137Cs which reaches the Oh horizon, either by leaching or by decomposition and burial, enters the third phase in which the pace of migration is greatly reduced. Decomposition is slowest in the Oh horizon and the accumulation and turnover of Oh material is also very slow. At the site investigated in this study the bulk of the deposited 137Cs is in this third phase and we suggest that this phase will persist for many years to come

  4. Efficient, Tightly-Confined Trapping of 226Ra

    Parker, R H; Bailey, K; Greene, J P; Holt, R J; Kalita, M R; Korsch, W; Lu, Z -T; Mueller, P; O'Connor, T P; Singh, J; Sulai, I A; Trimble, W L

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a technique for transferring $^{226}$Ra atoms from a 3-dimensional magneto-optical-trap (MOT) into a standing wave optical dipole trap (ODT) in an adjacent chamber. The resulting small trapping volume (120 $\\mu$m in diameter) allows for high control of the electric and magnetic fields applied to the atoms. The atoms are first transferred to a traveling-wave optical dipole trap, which is then translated 46 cm to a science chamber. The atoms are subsequently transferred into an orthogonal standing-wave ODT by application of a 1-dimensional MOT along the traveling-wave axis. For each stage, transfer efficiencies exceeding 60% are demonstrated.

  5. Decay of 226Ra by 14C emission

    Since the pioneering experiment by Rose and Jones in 1984 demonstrating 14C decay of 223Ra, spontaneous emission of clusters heavier than α particles but lighter than fission products could be found in several cases to be a rare decay mode of heavy nuclei. This new kind of radioactivity has branching ratios relative to α decay well below 10-9. For energetical reasons the emitted fragments are even-even and the daughter nucleus lies close to the doubly magic 208Pb. Polycarbonate track-recording foils which are sensitive to energetic carbon nuclei but not to α particles are very well suited detectors for the study of 14C emission radioactivity. The tracks are made visible under a microscope by etching techniques. Observation of spontaneous emission of 14C from 226Ra claimed by Hourani et al. and Barwick et al. has been confirmed. Since thick sources of 226Ra were used in these experiments the experimental definitions of decay energy and mass were not very accurate. The experiment described in the thesis measured for the first time charge and energy of the emitted fragments by using thin 226Ra sources and polycarbonate track-recording films. The decay mode could thus be identified unambiguously. The track detector was calibrated with tandem-accelerated 14C and 16O ions and tested by observing the now well established 14C emission from 223Ra; for this decay mode a branching ratio of (5,0 ± 1,0).10-10 relative to α decay was found in agreement with values from the literature. In the case of 226Ra the result for 14C/α ratio is (2,3 ± 1,2).10-11. The order of magnitude of the branching ratios can be reproduced by theoretical models. Estimates of partial half-lifes of Ra and other heavy isotopes for rare decay modes are discussed in the theoretical section of the thesis. 100 refs., 3 tabs., 30 figs. (Author)

  6. Concentration of 226Ra in Iranian bottled mineral water

    Naturally radioactivity in particular those emitting alpha particles, make the largest contribution to the world population exposure. The sources of these radionuclides initiated from the uranium and thorium decay series. 226Ra is one the most important radionuclides that comes through ground water to food chain. In recent years the consumption of mineral water in many countries including Iran has increased to a great extent. Therefore the 226Ra concentrations of different types of bottled mineral water were determined and the committed effective dose for adults is calculated. In this work the concentration levels of 226Ra were measured in 42 samples related to 14 types of bottled natural mineral water commercially available in supermarkets. The applied method for this measurement was emanation method with a minimum detection limit of 2 mBq L-1. For each experiment 3 bottles mineral water (each bottle contains 1.5 L) were used. After adjusting the pH below 2 by concentrated HCl, the Radium was coprecipitated with barium and lead as sulfate. The precipitation was dissolved in alkaline EDTA (C10H14N2O8.2H2O) and placed in 20 mL bubbler. The nitrogen gas with a purity of 99.99% was passed through the bubbler to remove any existing of 222Rn before the ingrowth. The bubbler was sealed and stored for 21 days at 5 deg. C for ingrowth of 222Rn. for calculation the committed effective dose for adults from drinking 40 l a-1 of bottled mineral water the ingestion dose conversion coefficients from the IAEA publications is used. Concentration of 226Ra ranged from 2.0 to 12.3 mBq L-1. In one case 12.3 mBq L-1 was measured, which provides 0.138 μSv committed effective dose for adults in the case of consumption rate of 40 L a-1. As it is shown in 61.5% of the investigated bottled water the concentration levels were between 2-10 mBq L-1, in 23% less than 2 mBq L-1 and in 15.5% more than 10 mBq L-1 was found)

  7. Cumulative deposition of 137Cs in the soil of Korea

    The cumulative deposition of 137Cs in the soil of Korea has been studied. Using γ-ray spectrometry, the concentrations of 137Cs were determined for the soil samples collected to a depth of 20 cm. The average accumulated depositions of 137Cs were estimated roughly to be 2,501 ±499 Bq m-2 in the forest and 1,058 ±322 Bq m-2 in the hill. The inventory value of 137Cs in the forest is about two times higher than that in the hill. Except for some cases, the concentrations of 137Cs in the undisturbed soils decreased exponentially with increasing the soil depth. The influences of rainfall, organic matter content, clay content and pH on the deposition of 137Cs were studied using the field method. Among these factors, the organic matter content played the most important role in the retention and relative mobility of 137Cs in the soil. The other factors such as rainfall, clay content and pH showed weak correlation with the deposition of 137Cs in the soil

  8. Study of soil-plant transfer of {sup 226}Ra under greenhouse conditions

    Soudek, Petr; Petrova, Sarka [Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies, Joint Laboratory of Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i. and Crop Research Institute, v.v.i., Drnovska 507, 161 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Benesova, Dagmar; Kotyza, Jan [Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies, Joint Laboratory of Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i. and Crop Research Institute, v.v.i., Drnovska 507, 161 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Faculty of Environment Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vagner, Martin [Laboratory of Biologically Active Compounds, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i., Rozvojova 263, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vankova, Radomira [Laboratory of Hormonal Regulations in Plants, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i., Rozvojova 263, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vanek, Tomas, E-mail: vanek@ueb.cas.c [Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies, Joint Laboratory of Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i. and Crop Research Institute, v.v.i., Drnovska 507, 161 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2010-06-15

    A soil-plant transfer study was performed using soil from a former uranium ore processing factory in South Bohemia. We present the results from greenhouse experiments which include estimates of the time required for phytoremediation. The accumulation of {sup 226}Ra by different plant species from a mixture of garden soil and contaminated substrate was extremely variable, ranging from 0.03 to 2.20 Bq {sup 226}Ra/g DW. We found differences in accumulation of {sup 226}Ra between plants from the same genus and between cultivars of the same plant species. The results of {sup 226}Ra accumulation showed a linear relation between concentration of {sup 226}Ra in plants and concentration of {sup 226}Ra in soil mixtures. On the basis of these results we estimated the time required for phytoremediation, but this appears to be too long for practical purposes.

  9. Study of soil-plant transfer of 226Ra under greenhouse conditions.

    Soudek, Petr; Petrová, Sárka; Benesová, Dagmar; Kotyza, Jan; Vágner, Martin; Vanková, Radomíra; Vanek, Tomás

    2010-06-01

    A soil-plant transfer study was performed using soil from a former uranium ore processing factory in South Bohemia. We present the results from greenhouse experiments which include estimates of the time required for phytoremediation. The accumulation of (226)Ra by different plant species from a mixture of garden soil and contaminated substrate was extremely variable, ranging from 0.03 to 2.20 Bq (226)Ra/g DW. We found differences in accumulation of (226)Ra between plants from the same genus and between cultivars of the same plant species. The results of (226)Ra accumulation showed a linear relation between concentration of (226)Ra in plants and concentration of (226)Ra in soil mixtures. On the basis of these results we estimated the time required for phytoremediation, but this appears to be too long for practical purposes. PMID:18823682

  10. Sediment environmental capacity of 137Cs in Daya Bay

    ZHANG Junli; CHEN Jiajun; XU Jialin; LI Yuanxin; HUANG Naiming

    2007-01-01

    Sediment environmental capacity of pollutants is very important for marine environmental management.Based on the methodology of a study on water,soil environmental capacity,and mass conservation theory in a system,the concept and model on sediment environmental capacity for 137Cs in Daya Bay were developed.The static capacity for 137Cs in the upper sediment near the shore at a shallow area was calculated,and the annual dynamic capacity and total dynamic capacity were also calculated through determination of the typical biomass in the sediment.The results showed that the estimated environmental capacity for 137Cs in sediments was approximately equal to the current input of 137Cs into the sediments.Controlling the input of 137Cs in the sediments within the environmental capacity guarantees the sustainability of the current situation of the Daya Bay ecosystem and avoidance of a significant degradation of the system.

  11. {sup 137}Cs accumulation in coastal sediments in Sweden

    Pettersson, H.B.L.; Salih, I. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics; Herrmann, J. [Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Hamburg (Germany)

    2005-09-15

    Seabed sediment samples were collected in 1998, 2000 and 2001 at 20 sites located in the Baltic Sea and 4 sites in the Skagerrak. The objectives of the sampling campaigns were (i) to establish the coastal sediment distribution of {sup 137}Cs, (ii) to evaluate the vertical core distribution of {sup 137}Cs, (iii) to study the sediment accumulation rates, and (iv) to assess the sediment inventories of {sup 137}Cs. The results show a very high variation in {sup 137}Cs concentrations and an almost 100-fold difference in inventories, showing predominance of Chernobyl derived {sup 137}Cs in the Baltic Proper compared to the western Baltic and the Skagerrak areas. Sediment accumulation rates were highly dependent on sediment types and ranged from 0.05 to 1.8 cm/y.

  12. Evaluating gully erosion using 137Cs and 210Pb/137Cs ratio in a reservoir catchment

    Water erosion in the hilly areas of west China is the main process contributing to the overall sediment of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. The impact of gully erosion in total sediment output has been mostly neglected. Our objective was to assess the sediment production and sediment sources at both the hillslope and catchment scales in the Yangjuangou reservoir catchment of the Chinese Loess Plateau, northwest China. Distribution patterns in sediment production caused by water erosion on hills and gully slopes under different land use types were assessed using the fallout 137Cs technique. The total sediment production from the catchment was estimated by using the sediment record in a reservoir. Sediment sources and dominant water erosion processes were determined by comparing 137Cs activities and 210Pb/137Cs ratios in surface soils and sub-surface soils with those of sediment deposits from the reservoir at the outlet of the catchment. Results indicated that landscape location had the most significant impact on sediment production for cultivated hillslopes, followed by the terraced hillslope, and the least for the vegetated hillslope. Sediment production increased in the following order: top>upper>lower>middle for the cultivated hillslope, and top>lower>upper>middle for the terraced hillslope. The mean value of sediment production declined by 49% for the terraced hillslope and by 80% for the vegetated hillslope compared with the cultivated hillslope. Vegetated gully slope reduced the sediment production by 38% compared with the cultivated gully slope. These data demonstrate the effectiveness of terracing and perennial vegetation cover in controlling sediment delivery at a hillslope scale. Averaged 137Cs activities and 210Pb/137Cs ratios in the 0-5 cm surface soil (2.22-4.70 Bq kg-1 and 20.70-22.07, respectively) and in the 5-30 cm subsoil (2.60 Bq kg-1 and 28.57, respectively) on the cultivated hills and gully slopes were close to those of the deposited

  13. Ionizable (Thia)calix[4]crowns as Highly Selective 226Ra2+ Ionophores

    Leeuwen, van Fijs W.B.; Beijleveld, Hans; Miermans, Cornelis J.H.; Huskens, Jurriaan; Verboom, Willem; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2005-01-01

    The 226Ra2+ selectivity of the ionizable (thia)calix[4]crowns 1-4 was determined in the presence of a large excess of the most common alkali and alkaline earth cations. Selective 226Ra2+ (2.9 × 10-8 M) extraction occurs even at extremely high Mn+/226Ra2+ ratios of 3.5 × 107 [Mn+ = Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+,

  14. Daily intake of /sup 234,235,238/U, /sup 228,230,232/Th and /sup 226,228/Ra by New York City residents

    The daily intake of long-lived alpha-emitting members of the U, Th and Ac series by New York City residents has been estimated from measurements of diet, water and air samples. The total daily intakes from inhalation, food and water consumption in mBq are 18 (234U), 0.7 (235U), 16 (238U), 6 (230Th), 4 (232Th) and 52 (226Ra). From this, we infer that the total daily intakes of 228Th and 228Ra are 4 and 35 mBq, respectively

  15. 137Cs in the western South Pacific Ocean

    The 137Cs activities were determined for seawater samples from the East Caroline, Coral Sea, New Hebrides, South Fiji and Tasman Sea (two stations) Basins of the western South Pacific Ocean by γ spectrometry using a low background Ge detector. The 137Cs activities ranged from 1.4 to 2.3 Bq m-3 over the depth interval 0-250 m and decreased exponentially from the subsurface to 1000 m depth. The distribution profiles of 137Cs activity at these six western South Pacific Ocean stations did not differ from each other significantly. There was a remarkable difference for the vertical profiles of 137Cs activity between the East Caroline Basin station in this study and the GEOSECS (Geochemical Ocean Sections Study) station at the same latitude in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean; the 137Cs inventory over the depth interval 100-1000 m increased from 400 ± 30 Bq m-2 to 560 ± 30 Bq m-2 during the period from 1973 to 1992. The total 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean ranged from 850 ± 70 Bq m-2 in the Coral Sea Basin to 1270 ± 90 Bq m-2 in the South Fiji Basin. Higher 137Cs inventories were observed at middle latitude stations in the subtropical gyre than at low latitude stations. The 137Cs inventories were 1.9-4.5 times (2.9 ± 0.7 on average) and 1.7-4.3 times (3.1 ± 0.7 on average) higher than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout at the same latitude and that of the estimated 137Cs deposition density in 10o latitude by 10 deg. longitude grid data obtained by Aoyama et al. [Aoyama M, Hirose K, Igarashi Y. Re-construction and updating our understanding on the global weapons tests 137Cs fallout. J Environ Monit 2006;8:431-438], respectively. The possible processes for higher 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout may be attributable to the inter-hemisphere dispersion of the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing 137Cs from the northern

  16. 137Cs contaminated waste disposal in cement factory: Environmental problems

    In the course of utilization (May-June '91) of aluminum slags polluted by 137Cs at the cement factory Presacementi in Robilante (Cuneo, Italy) and during the following months, samples were taken in particular points of the plant, at fixed frequencies. Samples were analyzed to determine 137Cs concentration. Collected data were used to study the behaviour of the element throughout the process. Emissions and ground level air concentrations were estimated from the available data. Contamination of the manufactured cement were monitored until negligible values of 137Cs concentration were attained

  17. Leachable 226Ra in Philippine phosphogypsum and its implication in groundwater contamination in Isabel, Leyte Philippines

    Phosphogypsum (PG), the major waste material in phosphate fertilizer processing, has been known to contain enhanced levels of naturally-occurring radionuclides especially 226Ra. The lack of radioactivity data regarding Philippine phosphogypsum and its environmental behavior in the Philippine setting has brought concern on possible contamination of groundwater beneath the phosphogypsum ponds in Isabel, Leyte, Philippines. The radioactivity of Philippine phosphogypsum was determined and the leaching of 226Ra from phosphogypsum and through local soil was quantified. Level of 226Ra in groundwater samples in Isabel, Leyte, Philippines was also quantified to address the primary concern. It was found that the 226Ra activity in Philippine phosphogypsum is distributed in a wide range from 91.5 to 935 Bq/kg. As much as 5% of 226Ra can be leached from Philippine PG with deionized water. In vitro soil leach experiments suggest that the soil in the phosphate fertilizer plant area would be able to deter the intrusion of 226Ra into the water table. Compared to reported values of natural groundwater levels of 226Ra, the concentration of this radionuclide in Isabel, Leyte groundwater suggest that there is no 226Ra intrusion brought about by the presence of phosphogypsum ponds in the area. (Authors)

  18. Quantification of 235 U and 226 Ra in soil samples by means of Gamma spectroscopy

    In this work it is presented the Gamma Spectroscopy method which is realized in the Environmental Radiological Surveillance Laboratory using the option of deconvolution of a commercial software for the quantification of 235 U and 226 Ra; also is presented the method for the 226 Ra correction activity. (Author)

  19. Spreading of water masses and regeneration of silica and sup(226)Ra in the Indian Ocean

    DileepKumar, M.; Yuan-Hui, Li

    The magnitudes of silica and sup(226) RA inputs to water (through particle regeneration, in situ, and from sediments) and the validity of observed Si and sup(226) Ra as tracers of water masses and advective processes were examined in the Indian...

  20. Long-term behaviour of 137Cs in Finnish lakes

    Deposition of 137Cs from Chernobyl accident was unevenly distributed in Finland. This caused large variation to contents of 137Cs in freshwater fish in Finnish lakes. In the course of time environmental processes like runoff, water flow, hydrological cycling, sedimentation and chemical parameters as e.g., K of lake water, topography of the catchment affect the transfer of 137Cs in water sheds. Most of the Finnish lakes are deficient in nutrients and hence the accumulation of 137Cs into fishes is high. High amount of humic substances is also typical of Finnish lakes. About 6000 freshwater fish samples from 350 Finnish lakes have been analysed for 137Cs in 1986-2003. Sampling was focused on the central parts of Finland with highest deposition of 137Cs, but samples from other areas were also analysed. Large lakes, most important for freshwater fishing in Finland, and small oligotrophic lakes, in which the highest contents of 137Cs were expected to be found, were included in the study. Variation range of 137Cs in fish was still in 2003 large, from 5 Bq/kg to 5000 Bq/kg (fresh weight). Water samples from about 30 lakes were taken in 1998 and 2002 and analysed for 137Cs. Contents of 137Cs in lake waters varied then from 4 to 330 Bq/m3. During the first years after the deposition in 1986, the amount of the deposited 137Cs in the lake was the dominant factor on the distribution of 137Cs in fish and surface water. Later study on regional behaviour of 137Cs in fish revealed differences in decrease rates in the large drainage areas [2]. Temporal changes of 137Cs in water and especially in fish in individual lakes of various types, even in those located close to each other, differ still much. Transfer coefficients of 137Cs from the deposition to water, TFw (Bq/m3 in water/kBq/m2 deposited) of the lakes included in this study varied from 0,40 to 8,7 in 1998. Transfer factors from the deposition to various species of fish from various lakes, TFf (Bq/kg in fish / Bq/m2), varied

  1. Accumulation of 137Cs in puddle sediments within urban ecosystem

    The role of puddle sediments as a final depot of 137Cs horizontal migration within the urban landscape is studied using the example of Ekaterinburg city, Russia. Radioactive contamination in the city appeared due to fallout after atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons and nuclear accidents. Contamination density of 137Cs in the region was assessed from archive data to be about 5.1 kBq/m2, of which the maximum activity concentration (137Cs activity concentration in puddle sediments of 80 Bq/kg, with a maximum value of 540 Bq/kg. It is estimated that horizontal migration has led to about a fourfold concentration of 137Cs in puddle sediments.

  2. Normal dietary levels of 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po for man

    A review of the literature and the results of some recent measurements were presented on the levels in man's diet of the naturally-occurring radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po. The mean intakes for standard U.S. diets for these nuclides are tabulated. Intakes in other countries are similar to those in the U.S., but in localized populations the 226Ra intake may be 8 or more pCi/day. The contents of 226Ra in diets chosen by individuals ranged from 0.4 to 7 pCi/day. The few data on 228Ra show intake of this nuclide to be about 80% that of 226Ra, except in monazite areas where intakes of up to 160 pCi/day 228Ra are reported, which may be 50 to 100 times that of 226Ra. Drinking water contributes less than 5% of the daily intake, except in special areas

  3. Biogeochemistry of 226Ra in contaminated bottom sediments and oilfield waste pits

    Solubility of 226Ra in sediments contaminated by produced water discharges was investigated using integrated microcosm, geochemical modelling and field sampling techniques. These studies strongly indicate that the biogeochemical control on 226Ra solubility in these sediments is coprecipitation with barite (BaSO4). The role of barite was confirmed by selective extractions of contaminated sediments, geochemical measurements of solution saturation, theoretical coprecipitation calculations, and direct measurement of barite using X-ray diffraction. Despite elevated activities that are three orders of magnitude higher than background, fluxes of 226Ra from these contaminated sediments are of the same order of magnitude as those measured in natural systems. Remobilization of 226Ra was observed in the Humble Bayou sediment under anaerobic, sulfate-reducing conditions. Management of these contaminated sites will involve understanding the role of barite solid-solution chemistry on the fate and mobility of 226Ra. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. Migratory capacity of 137Cs in water-containing rocks

    The effects of a number of physicochemical and hydrogeologic factors (sorption capacity of rocks, mechanisms of cesium absorption by these, chemical composition of underground waters) on 137 Cs migration in the case of radioactive contamination of underground water in areas of location of atomic power stations have been studied. Approximate equations of ion-exchange sorption may be applied for predicting 137 Cs migration in rocks within the aeration zone and in water-bearing horizons

  5. /sup 137/Cs radioactive dating of Lake Ontario sediment cores

    Ward, T.E.; Breeden, J.; Komisarcik, K.; Porter, R.; Czuczwa, J.; Kaminski, R.; McVeety, B.D.

    1987-12-01

    The distribution of /sup 137/Cs in sediment cores from Lake Ontario provides estimates of the sediment accumulation rates. Geochronology with /sup 210/Pb dating and distribution of Ambrosia (ragweed) pollen compare well with /sup 137/Cs dating. These methods can determine with precision, changes in sedimentation occurring over the past 100 years or so. Typical sedimentation rates of 0.18-0.36 cm/yr were measured. 16 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. 137Cs radioactive dating of Lake Ontario sediment cores

    The distribution of 137Cs in sediment cores from Lake Ontario provides estimates of the sediment accumulation rates. Geochronology with 210Pb dating and distribution of Ambrosia (ragweed) pollen compare well with 137Cs dating. These methods can determine with precision, changes in sedimentation occurring over the past 100 years or so. Typical sedimentation rates of 0.18-0.36 cm/yr were measured. 16 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  7. Neutron data evaluation of 232Th

    Consistent evaluation of 232Th measured data base is performed. Hauser-Feshbach- Moldauer theory, coupled channel model and double-humped fission barrier model are employed. Total, differential scattering, fission, capture and (n,xn) data are consistently reproduced as a major constraint for inelastic scattering cross section estimate. The direct excitation of ground state and higher band levels is calculated within rigid rotator and soft (deformable) rotator model, respectively. Structures evident in measured neutron emission spectra are correlated with excitation of levels of Kπ=0- and Kπ=0+, 2+ bands. Prompt fission neutron spectra data are described. Average resonance parameters are provided, which reproduce evaluated cross sections in the range of 10-150 kev. (author)

  8. Evaluation of the activity concentration of 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in sediments from Antarctica in the Admiralty bay region

    The natural radionuclides from radioactive series of 238U, 235U and 232Th have been applied as tracers in environmental studies for understanding the dynamics that occur in both marine and terrestrial environment, as for example, in research of oceanic processes and management of the coastal region. In the marine environment, these radionuclides can be used to estimate biogeochemical fluxes of marine particles and nutrients that occur in the water column as well as in the sediment. Several research works applied the distribution and the respective disequilibrium degree of natural radionuclides in the environment, including geochronological models for obtaining historical information on samples of certain sediment profile. In this study we performed a radiochemical characterization of the distribution of 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb from a sedimentary column called 1B (248 cm long) collected in the Admiralty Bay, Antarctic Peninsula region. The methodology used included the acid leaching of sediment samples followed by the radiochemical sequential separation of 226Ra and 228Ra by co-precipitation with Ba(Ra)SO4 and 210Pb by co-precipitation with PbCrO4. All measurements were carried out by counting of gross alpha and gross beta measures in a low background gas flow proportional detector. The activity concentrations of 226Ra and 210Pb were used to estimate the unsupported 210Pb activities present in sediment profile 1 B. Based on unsupported 210Pb data and the application of the CIC model (Constant Initial Concentration), it was possible to determine the sedimentation rate of 0.59 ± 0.05 cm /year. (author)

  9. High sensitivity measurement of 224Ra and 226Ra in water with an improved hydrous titanium oxide technique at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

    Aharmim, B; Dai, X; Doucas, G; Farine, J; Fergani, H; Ford, R; Hahn, R L; Hallman, E D; Jelley, N A; Lange, R; Majerus, S; Mifflin, C; Noble, A J; O'Keeffe, H M; Rodriguez-Jimenez, R; Sinclair, D; Yeh, M

    2008-01-01

    The existing hydrous titanium oxide (HTiO) technique for the measurement of 224Ra and 226Ra in the water at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) has been changed to make it faster and less sensitive to trace impurities in the HTiO eluate. Using HTiO-loaded filters followed by cation exchange adsorption and HTiO co-precipitation, Ra isotopes from 200-450 tonnes of heavy water can be extracted and concentrated into a single sample of a few millilitres with a total chemical efficiency of 50%. Combined with beta-alpha coincidence counting, this method is capable of measuring 2.0x10^3 uBq/kg of 224Ra and 3.7x10^3 uBq/kg of 226Ra from the 232Th and 238U decay chains, respectively, for a 275 tonne D2O assay, which are equivalent to 5x10^16 g Th/g and 3x10^16 g U/g in heavy water.

  10. Distribution of 226Ra Radionuclide in Upwelling Event Off Ulsan, Gampo and Pohang, Korea

    Muslim

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Upwelling is an important event in the sea for it makes the area to become more productive. The objective of this study is to determine the distribution of radium-226 as radiotoxic in the upwelling area in the summer season. Measurements of the horizontal and vertical activities of 226Ra in the Ulsan, Gampo and Pohang waters were conducted in June, August 1999 and June 2000 when the upwelling event was expected to occur. Water temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen (DO were also measured concurrently. The thermocline layer or the layer where the temperature decreased drastically occurred at a depth between 30 m to 100 m for samples dated June 1999 and 30 m to more than 100 m for samples dated August 1999 and June 2000. The salinity decreased with depth but the DO concentration increased in this layer. The condition affected the vertical distribution of 226Ra in the study area, where the 226Ra activities showed to be relatively homogeneous vertically in each station. This indicates that the upwelling which occurred in the study area was capable to distribute the 226Ra activities from the bottom to the surface. Thus, the 226Ra distribution at that time did not increase with depth, opposite to what usually occurs in the ocean at normal condition. The 226Ra activities also did not decrease after elapsed time of one year, in fact, it increased. However, horizontally the 226Ra activities decreased with increasing distance from the coastal zone. Based on these results, it can be concluded that the upwelling event in the Ulsan, Gampo and Pohang was effective for increasing the 226Ra activities and was capable to create homogeneous 226Ra activities from the bottom to the surface in the water column, and the source of 226Ra was likely to originate from outside area (i.e. coastal zone and bottom area.

  11. Distribution of 137Cs in water leachates of forest humus

    The distribution of 137Cs in water extracts of organic layers of forest soils was investigated using an ultrafiltration method. Samples were taken from two sites in the Bavarian Alps. The different horizons of the organic layers were extracted by column elution with water and 50 mmol/litre CsCl solution. Water extracts were fractionated using membranes with the molecular weight cutoff of 500, 1000 and 3000 Dalton to determine the molecular weight distribution of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The activity of 137Cs associated with the different DOC-fractions was measured by direct gammaspectrometry. Cesium-137 in the fraction smaller than 500 Dalton was defined as 'ionic'. The results indicated a change of the binding sites depending on the degree of decomposition and humification in the profile. Organic bound 137Cs was identified in all extracts. High mobilities of DOC and 137Cs were observed in the same horizons, fractionation showed then low-molecular-weight DOC and 137Cs mainly in ionic form. In horizons with high-molecular-weight DOC the portion of organic bound 137Cs ranged up to 40%. (author)

  12. Estimation of erosion rate using natural isotop 137Cs

    The investigation of erosion rate using natural isotope 137Cs had been done in hilliness area at GOULBURN-NWS-Australia. The presentation of 137Cs in natural was as a result of nuclear weapon testing in the middle of 1950's. Fallout of 137Cs input, when it reached the ground, it rapidly adsorbed at the soil. 137Cs bind very strong at the fine soil, so it can be used as tracer in the study of soil movement. Soil samples were taken using coring device (di=10 cm, h=20 cm), and were brought to laboratorium for short commun analysis. The preparation are drying, weighing, crushing and sieving. The 137Cs content of fine samples that pass the 1 mm sieve were analyzed using gamma-spectrometer. The total erosion rate was calculate by ploting the 137Cs values in the topography map of study area. The result showed that erosion was very low, and total erosion rate is 130 kg/ha.y. (authors)

  13. Transfer of 137Cs through the food chain to man

    Deposition, concentrations in diet, and body burdens of 137Cs have been measured since 1954 at various sites throughout the world. This report is a compilation and updating of various fallout 137Cs measurements and an interpretation of transfer properties of 137Cs from deposition to diet and from diet to man. An empirical model is used to correlate deposition and diet data. Direct foliar contamination, stored food supplies, and uptake from soil contribute to the dietary levels of 137Cs. The accumulation of 137Cs by man is described by a single exponential model. The inferred biological half-times, 200 to 400 days, are somewhat greater than the half-time of about 100 days obtained from shorter term studies. Differences in body burdens due to sex, age, and weight are discussed. During the period 1954 to 1974, the internal dose from fallout 137Cs, based on average body burdens, is estimated to be 4 to 5 percent of the 21 year radiation dose from 40K

  14. Specific activity 137Cs at fishes of Ukraine current state

    Specific activity of 137Cs at fishes of reservoirs of 30 kilometers ChNPP zone (Pripyat river and its bays, lakes, cool-ing-pond of ChNPP, etc.), water basins of Dneprovsky cascade, Shatsky lakes and Black sea near town Sudak is investigated during 2010 - 2012. Levels of specific activity of 137Cs at fishes in many respects are defined by flowage of the reservoir. Normally, the flowage of the reservoir is more, the levels of specific activity of 137Cs at fishes are less. The greatest specific activity of 137Cs at fishes was registered in the north of Ukraine in closed and half-closed reservoirs of 30 kilometers ChNPP zone - to 32000 Bqk/kg. In the southern direction activity of 137Cs at fishes decreases from 4,8 to 78,5 Bq/kg in Kyiv water basin to 1 - 6 Bq/kg, in the Kahovsky water basin and to 0,6 - 1,9 Bq/kg in the Black sea. In large reservoirs the greatest specific activity of 137Cs, as a rule, is registered in fishes of the higher trophic levels

  15. Activity concentrations of 226Ra and 228Ra in drilled well water in Finland

    The activity concentrations of 226Ra and 228Ra in drinking water were determined in water samples from 176 drilled wells. 226Ra activity concentrations were in the range of -1 and 228Ra activity concentrations in the range of -1. The mean activity concentration of 226 Ra and 228 Ra were 0.041 and 0.034 Bq l-1, respectively. High radium activity concentrations in drinking water were rare. Only 2-4% of the drilled wells exceeded a 226Ra concentration of 0.5 Bq l-1 and 1-2% of the wells exceeded a 228Ra concentration of 0.2 Bq l-1. These are the activity concentrations that cause a 0.1 mSv annual effective dose for users of drinking water. The maximum annual effective doses from 226Ra and 228Ra for users of drilled wells were 0.21 mSv, and 0.16 mSv respectively. The elevated activity concentrations of 226Ra and 228Ra did not occur simultaneously in the same groundwaters and the correlation between 226Ra and 228Ra was small. (authors)

  16. 228Ra/226Ra activity ratio in groundwater around Mount Fuji, Japan

    Tagami Keiko

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available We estimated the groundwater age from 228Ra/226Ra ratios in young groundwater and relevant rocks in the volcanic area of the Kakitagawa River around Mount Fuji, Japan, and compared our results with those from 3H/3He age determination. The groundwater residence time estimated from the 228Ra/226Ra activity ratio in groundwater and relevant rocks agreed well with the 3H/3He age, suggesting that the 228Ra/226Ra ratio of groundwater can be used to estimate residence time of young groundwater in volcanic areas.

  17. Plant remediation of soil contaminated with 137Cs

    A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the bio-remediation of soils contaminated with 137Cs. The selected plants are Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Brassica chinensis L, Chloris virgata, Beta oulgaris L. Hongye, Beta oulgaris L. Dongshengye and Beta oulgaris L. The soils samples were taken from the paddy field, 2 km from the Dayawan nuclear power plant and Qinshan nuclear power plant, respectively, and cinnamon soil from the cultivated land in Beijing. The results show that all the employed species of plant have a higher accumulation to 137Cs with the increased grade of the radioactivity of 137Cs. A good correlation exist with the coefficient (r2) of 0.9989. When the contaminated radioactivity of 137Cs is in the same level the uptake of Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Brassica chinensis L. and Chloris virgata increased with the decrease of pH value ranged 5.22-7.69. The ability of bioremediation in the orders were Chloris virgata, Brassica chinensis L., Beta oulgaris L. Hongye, Cucurbita moschata Duchesne, Beta oulgaris L. and Beta oulgaris L. Dongshengye, according to the comprehensive evaluation of transfer factor, specific activity of plant in dry weight of biomass and total absorption of 137Cs by the individual plant in the same area. (authors)

  18. Sorption of 137Cs from Aqueous Waste Solutions using Pottery

    A simple and inexpensive method for sorption of 137Cs from aqueous solutions using a highly available vase shape pottery material has been investigated. Porosity of the used pottery allowed for the penetration of the radioactive solution through its permeable body. Two routes had been investigated for cesium removal from the radioactive solutions. In the first one, pottery bodies were immersed into the radioactive solutions. In the second method; the radioactive solutions were filled the inner volumes of the pottery bodies. Vase shape pottery showed higher sorption capability for 137Cs much more than its powder forms, especially in the alkaline medium. Pottery bodies showed high potential for 137Cs removal. Adsorption isotherms revealed good lit to the Freundlich and Langumir isotherms. During sorption processes outside and inside the pottery body, 137Cs was well captured inside the amorphous microstructure of the pottery body. In this respect, micro filtration of cesium radionuclides through the used pottery could be postulated. Desorption experiments indicated higher immobilization affinity for radiocesium into pottery bodies, which indicates a high containment for 137Cs with an irreversible fixation mechanism

  19. /sup 226/Ra in the western Indian Ocean

    Chung, Y.

    1987-09-01

    /sup 226/Ra profiles have been measured in the western Indian Ocean as part of the 1977-78 Indian Ocean GEOSECS program. These profiles show a general increase in deep and bottom water Ra concentration from the Circumpolar region to the Arabian Sea. A deep Ra maximum which originates in the Arabian Sea and in the Somali basin at about 3000 m depth spreads southward into the Mascarene basin and remains discernible in the Madagascar and Crozet basins. In the western Indian Ocean, the cold Antarctic Bottom Water spreads northward under the possibly southward-flowing deep water, forming a clear benthic front along the Crozet basin across the Southwest Indian Ridge into the Madagascar and Mascarene basins. The Antarctic Bottom Water continues to spread farther north to the Somali basin through the Amirante Passage at 10/sup 0/S as a western boundary current. The benthic front and other characteristic features in the western Indian Ocean are quite similar to those observed in the western Pacific where the benthic front as a distinctive feature was first described by Craig et al. Across the Mid-Indian Ridge toward the Ceylon abyssal plain near the triple junction, Ra profiles display a layered structure, reflecting the topographic effect of the mid-ocean ridge system on the mixing and circulation of the deep and bottom waters. Both Ra and Si show a deep maximum north of the Madagascar Basin. Linear relationships between these two elements are observed in the deep and bottom water with slopes increasing northward. This suggests a preferential input of Ra over Si from the bottom sediments of the Arabian Sea and also from the flank sediments of the Somali basin.

  20. Application of 210Pb geochronology by the reconstruction of historical radionuclides concentrations ( 137Cs et 239+240Pu ) in the columns of the Alboran Sea

    Full text: The marine sediments are considered as a final reservoir of radioactive contaminants. The 210Pb from atmospheric fallouts deposits is stored in sediments with those from 226Ra original lithogenic. The activity of 210Pb excess in the accumulated sediment is an important tool to study the chronological process of sedimentation on recent time scales at over 100 years. However, this method should be validated using at least one independent tracer which provides an unequivocal temporal marker as 137Cs from nuclear testing. This work presents a method to rebuild historic concentrations of 137Cs and 230+240Pu in the water column Alboran Sea and their corresponding stream sediment. This is achieved by coupling the radiometric dating of the sediment column profiles using three independent levels: the excess 210Pb, 137Cs and 239 +240Pu. On the other hand, a simple model of the water column has been adapted to this end by making use of atmospheric flow, the measured values of distribution coefficient (Kd) and a first approximation of the rate of sedimentation. The timing model CM-CSR (diffusion coefficient of sedimentation rate constant) has been successfully applied to the three independent profiles, and was able to determine the parameters of diffusion and mass sedimentation rate. The results obtained give some ideas on the fate of atmospheric inputs to the marine environment and, particularly, that of the Chernobyl accident. The results of the models showed that direct and deferred contributions of Chernobyl accident are negligible in the Alboran Sea. The annual input of 210Pb to the sediment was estimated at 720±150 Bq.m-2. by year, while the rate of sedimentation is about 0092±0.003 g.cm-2 by year. On the other hand, the model could successfully reconstruct historic concentrations of 137Cs and 239+240Pu in the water column, and was able to reproduce the work of the same elements in the sediment column

  1. Household methods to reduce 137Cs contents of mushrooms

    High radiocaesium contents in different species of mushrooms have been observed in areas contaminated by radiocaesium deposition after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. There has been no significant reduction in the 137Cs contents of mushrooms during the past ten years, besides via radioactive decay. The internal radiation dose received via mushrooms can be reduced by processing mushrooms before consumption. Various household methods were studied to find out their efficiency to reduce 137Cs contents of mushrooms. The methods tested were the same as normally used in cooking. The tests were made for the species of edible mushrooms widely consumed. The retention factors for the treatments tested were in most cases 0.2-0.3. The efficiency of treatments in reducing the 137Cs contents increased with larger water volumes and prolonged treatment times

  2. Radiochemical determination of {sup 137}Cs in foods

    Kastner, Geraldo F.; Ferreira, Andrea Vidal; Monteiro, Roberto P.G., E-mail: gfk@cdtn.br, E-mail: avf@cdtn.br, E-mail: rpgm@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    A determination of radionuclides in food samples is important in commodities in order to attend to regulatory requirements for international trade. As a long-lived radioisotope of cesium, {sup 137}Cs is produced as a result of human nuclear activities and than its contamination level evaluation among others radionuclides in foods is necessary. A methodology for the determination of {sup 137}Cs in foods, pork and fish, is described. The procedures covered homogenization and freeze-drying of the samples. The {sup 137}Cs was measured by gamma spectrometry using Canberra 50% HPGe detector. The counting was carried out with Monte Carlo software for detection conditions optimization including geometry and chemical data information. A certified sample, SRM IAEA-375, was analyzed in order to evaluate the reliability of the method, and the results showed good agreement between the measured and certified values. (author)

  3. Transfer of 137Cs into fish in small forest lakes

    The transfer of 137Cs into fish in seepage and drainage lakes from 1988 to 1992 was analysed using linear regression. Empirical results for 137Cs in lake water and fish were used to calculate concentration factors (CFs). In the drainage lakes the CF decreased during the study period by 9% per year whereas in the seepage lakes the CF increased significantly by 4.3% per year. The transfer of 137Cs into pike was significantly (1.6 times) higher than that into perch. The CF increased on average by 3.4% for each 1-cm increase in the median size of perch. The relationship between the water chemistry and the CF differed between clear-water seepage and brown-water drainage lakes.

  4. 137Cs transfer coefficients from fodder to cow milk

    The transfer of 137Cs from the components of cows' diets to milk was followed in detail on 10 farms in the north-eastern region of Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) from June to July 1988. Samples of milk, grass and other components of the cows' diet were collected regularly and analysed for radiocaesium content. The transfer factors, calculated for 137Cs after a four-week feeding period with contaminated silage, were higher (0.0064) than those calculated in 1987 in the same area (0.0030). This may be attributable to the fact that the 137Cs associated to the forage administrated to cows in 1988 was completely incorporated in the plant and thus more assimilable to the cattle. (Author)

  5. Household methods to reduce {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms

    Kostiainen, E. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority - STUK, Helsinki (Finland)

    2005-09-15

    High radiocaesium contents in different species of mushrooms have been observed in areas contaminated by radiocaesium deposition after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. There has been no significant reduction in the {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms during the past ten years, besides via radioactive decay. The internal radiation dose received via mushrooms can be reduced by processing mushrooms before consumption. Various household methods were studied to find out their efficiency to reduce {sup 137}Cs contents of mushrooms. The methods tested were the same as normally used in cooking. The tests were made for the species of edible mushrooms widely consumed. The retention factors for the treatments tested were in most cases 0.2-0.3. The efficiency of treatments in reducing the {sup 137}Cs contents increased with larger water volumes and prolonged treatment times.

  6. Elimination of natural uranium and 226Ra from contaminated waters by rhizofiltration using Helianthus annuus L

    The elimination of natural uranium and 226Ra from contaminated waters by rhizofiltration was tested using Helianthus annuus L. (sunflower) seedlings growing in a hydroponic medium. Different experiments were designed to determine the optimum age of the seedlings for the remediation process, and also to study the principal way in which the radionuclides are removed from the solution by the sunflower roots. In every trial a precipitate appeared which contained a major fraction of the natural uranium and 226Ra. The results indicated that the seedlings themselves induced the formation of this precipitate. When four-week-old seedlings were exposed to contaminated water, a period of only 2 days was sufficient to remove the natural uranium and 226Ra from the solution: about 50% of the natural uranium and 70% of the 226Ra were fixed in the roots, and essentially the rest was found in the precipitate, with only very small percentages fixed in the shoots and left in solution

  7. A Study on Sorption of (226)Ra on Different Clay Matrices.

    Alhajji, E; Al-Masri, M S; Khalily, H; Naoum, B E; Khalil, H S; Nashawati, A

    2016-08-01

    The sorption of radium 226 ((226)Ra) on different clay materials (bentonite, illite and a mixture of bentonite-illite) was studied. Clay materials are used in the construction of disposal pits for technically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) wastes (i.e., contaminated soil and sludge) generated by the oil and gas industry operations. Experimental conditions (pH, clay materials quantity, and activity concentrations of (226)Ra) were changed in order to determine the optimal state for adsorption of (226)Ra. The results showed that the concentration of adsorbed (226)Ra on clay materials increased with time to reach an equilibrium state after approximately 5 h. More than 95 % of the radium was adsorbed. The mixture of bentonite-illite (1/9) exhibited the greatest adsorption of radium under all experimental conditions. PMID:27329110

  8. Assessment of 226Ra age-dependent dose from water intake

    The radioactivity in canal and ground waters collected in a 2-year long observation from the vicinity of the Rare Earth Research and Development Center (RRDC), Phathumthani Province, Thailand, was measured in order to determine the concentration of 226Ra and to estimate the age-dependent effective dose to humans due to consumption. 226Ra activities in both canal and ground waters were well below the WHO guidance level for drinking water quality of 1 Bq L-1. The highest 226Ra effective doses per year were found for infants and teens. However, the observed levels of calculated 226Ra effective doses for all age groups in both canal and ground waters show satisfactory low values (less than 15 μSv yr-1). These values are acceptable in accordance with the WHO recommended reference dose level of 100 μSv yr-1 from water intake of 2 L day-1

  9. Determination of 226Ra in water samples using sorbent MnO2-PAN

    The aim of our study was to determine 226Ra using alpha spectrometer in water samples. The method of separation based on the principle of extraction chromatography was applied by the separation of the natural radionuclides 226Ra from samples of natural mineral, spring, natural medicinal and drinking water from the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. The proposed method uses a new selective commercial sorbent MnO2-PAN. The advantage of separating of 226Ra on a given sorbent is the speed of separation, simple sample preparation before the analysis and mainly the high efficiency of the proposed method. The sample was adjusted by coprecipitation with Ba2+ for alpha spectrometric measurements of 226Ra. The radiochemical yield was monitored by radionuclide tracer 133Ba.

  10. Surface activity of 137Cs, sheet 35 - Trnava

    In the predominantly geomorphologically mountainous terrain the map of surface activity of 137Cs was compiled from the results of exploration activities on scale 1:200 000 and in the Danube upland (between Povazsky Inovec and Little Carpathians) on scale 1:50 000. Surface activities of 137Cs are significantly unevenly distributed. The most widespread surface activity of 137Cs in the interval from 1000 to 2000 Bq · m-2 was mapped on mostly continuous area in the central part of map sheet and represents 68.4% of its area. The exception is only a small increase (10,225 Bq · m-2) in Banovska upland south-east from the village Zlatniky. Higher surface activities of 137Cs were registered in the north part of the map sheet. There from neighbouring map sheet (34 - Znojmo) reaches an area of increased values (3000 to 5000 Bq · m-2, max. 6550 Bq · m-2), geomorphologically falling into the western part of the White Carpathians. Relatively high surface activities of 137Cs were found in the south-east part of the map sheet in the Tribec mountains near Skycov (max. 7426 Bq.m-2), in Zitavska flood-plain south of the Zlate Moravce (max. 13962 Bq · m-2), but mainly in Vtacnik and Stiavnicke Hills, where in Nova Bana was measured the maximal surface activity 16497 Bq · m-2. Considering sizeable areal expansion of lower levels of surface activity of 137Cs, the geometric mean (1338 Bq.m-2) on this map sheet corresponds to the national average. (authors)

  11. Changes in 137Cs transfer to agricultural products

    The food production and food harvesting systems common in the areas contaminated by the Chernobyl accident in Republic of Belarus can be grouped into three major categories: collective farm produce, private farming produce and natural foods collected from natural ecosystems. The collective farm system provided the smallest contribution (8-12 %) to the intake of 137Cs. Natural food was the major contributor to the intake at one study site (73 %), and private produce was the major contributor (60 %) at the other study site. Assessment of the situation just after the accident (one year) shows that collective farming was still a minor contributor to 137CS intake (10 %) whilst private fanning would have been the major contributor wherever private milk production and consumption continued. The extent to which inhabitants consume natural foods from forests has a considerable effect on their 137CS intake. The comparative importance of food products from natural ecosystems increases with time due to the long effective ecological half lives of 137Cs in unimproved pastures and forests. Estimation of the contribution to the fluxes of 137Cs from the different production and harvesting systems showed that the contribution from private farming and food harvesting from natural ecosystems may also be significant, contributing 14-30 % to the total fluxes of 137Cs from an area even if the quantity of food produced in these systems is small. However, the major contributor to the flux exported from an area was the collective farming system, accounting for about 70-86 % of the total. Refs. 12 (author)

  12. Uptake and transfer factors of 137Cs by mushrooms

    The 137Cs content of 118 species (668 samples) of higher fungi collected in the period from August 1984 to October 1989 at three different locations in Styria, Austria, was determined by gamma-spectrometry. The Cs-content of most mushrooms has been increasing since September 1986. In order to find out which factors determine the 137Cs-contamination of mushrooms and the transfer-value soil to mushroom, the concentration of total and plant-available radiocesium in soils as well as the pH-value, the content of humus, clay, silt, sand, exchangeable cations, the composition of the clay minerals, and the particle size distribution of the soils of two different locations were examined. The higher the 137Cs contamination of the soil, the thicker the layer of humus and the higher the content of humus, the lower the pH-value, and the lower the amount of essential cations, especially of K+, the higher the amount of 137Cs plant-available will be. Therefore, the contamination of the mushrooms in the coniferous forest of Koralpenblick (1000 m) is higher than in the mixed forest at the Rosenberg around Graz at approx. 500 m height. Of 26 different species of mushrooms measured at both sites, only 61% show the highest TF-values soil to mushrooms also at the Koralpenblick. In the spruce forest at Koralpenblick there are many species of mushrooms with high 137Cs-contamination which were not found at the Rosenberg. However, the properties of the species to which a mushroom belongs are more important than environmental conditions and soil properties. The transfer values of 40K stay within narrow bounds, whereas those of 137Cs differ widely. (orig.)

  13. 226Ra evidence for the ecosystem shift over the past 40 years in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

    YANG JunHong; CHEN Min; QIU YuSheng; LI YanPing; MA Qiang; L(U) E; ZHANG Run; HUANG YiPu

    2007-01-01

    Surface seawater was collected for 226Ra measurement in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre from July to October, 1999 and October to December, 2003. Combined with the historical data reported for this sea area, a declined trend of surface 226Ra concentrations was observed since 1960s, indicating the ecosystem shift in response to global warming. On one side, the enhanced stratification of the upper water column resulting from global warming reduced the 226Ra input from the depth, on the other, the temporal increase of biological production resulting from the climate-related ecosystem structure change strengthened the 226Ra removal from the surface ocean. Both the physical and biological processes resulted in the decrease of surface 226Ra concentrations in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The temporal trend of surface 226Ra concentrations was consistent with the trends of chlorophyll a, silicate, phosphate and primary production previously reported. This study provided 226Ra evidence for the ecosystem shift under global change.

  14. Declassification of 137Cs liquid wastes by reverse osmosis

    In June 1998, a 137Cs source was accidentally melted in one of the furnaces of a stainless steel production company located in Spain. As a result of this incident, the furnace and its cooling circuit were radioactively contaminated. LAINSA (Logistica y Acondicionamientos Industriales S.A.) company took charge of the plant decontamination process, in which 40 m3, approximately, of 137Cs contaminated water with a mean activity of 300 kBq/L were generated. This company contacted the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) to develop a project for radioactive liquid wastes treatment

  15. The behaviour of 137Cs in the aquatic environment

    Through 137Cs concentration profiles in sediments from Rochedo Reservoir, it was possible to estimate the amount of this radionuclide (94 TBq) which has reached the Meia Ponte River system, as a consequence of the Goiania Radiological accident in 1987. Based on in-situ measurements as well as on laboratory studies, the influence of NH4+ concentration on the Kd value was also investigated. The results have shown that for high NH4d+ concentrations there is a clear correlation between both parameters. It was also observed the influence on the ageing effect on the 137Cs release from the sediment, as well as of the illite content on it. (author)

  16. Transfer factor values of 137 Cs from latosoils to vegetables

    Transfer Factor values for black beams, radish and carrot were obtained for soils artificially and accidentally contaminated in Goiania during 1987. Differences of 137 Cs-soil-to-plant transfer were discussed in the light of pedology and crop type. These values were about one order of magnitude higher than mean values reported by IUR for temperature climate for the same crops. These results advertising for the peculiar dynamics of 137 Cs in tropical soils and for needs to obtain regional data to be used in assessment dose models. (author)

  17. Mathematical model of 137Cs dynamics in the deciduous forest

    A mathematical model of 137Cs behaviour in the forest ecosystem is presented. The behaviour of this radionuclide is assumed to obey the same regularities as the behaviour of its stable chemical analogue, potassium. Radionuclide dynamics are considered in parallel with the dynamics of the phytomass. Radionuclides contained in the vegetation are pooled into two basic compartments: external and internal contamination, with separate analysis of each. The model was verified using the data obtained in the 30-km zone of the Chernobyl NPP in 1986-1994. The algorithm described was found to be the most efficient in terms of 137Cs behaviour in the forest environments

  18. Dating hapuka otoliths using 210 Pb/226 Ra, with comments on dating orange roughy otoliths

    It is shown that Hapuka otoliths cannot be reliably dated using the 210 Pb/ 226 Ra method because contrary to previous assumptions, excess 210 Pb is incorporated into the outer layers of otoliths which have been taken from old fish, though the 226 Ra incorporation remains normal. This is shown to apply also to Orange Roughy otoliths. Ages based on calculations using previously published methods will be artificially old. (author). 13 refs., 2 tabs., 3 figs

  19. 226Ra bioavailability to plants at the Urgeiriça uranium mill tailings site.

    Madruga, M J; Brogueira, A; Alberto, G; Cardoso, F

    2001-01-01

    Large amounts of solid wastes (tailings) resulting from the exploitation and treatment of uranium ore at the Urgeiriça mine (north of Portugal) have been accumulated in dams (tailing ponds). To reduce the dispersion of natural radionuclides into the environment, some dams were revegetated with eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globolus) and pines (Pinus pinea). Besides these plants, some shrubs (Cytisus spp.) are growing in some of the dams. The objective of this study is to determine the 226Ra bioavailability from uranium mill tailings by quantifying the total and available fraction of radium in the tailings and to estimate its transfer to plants growing on the tailing piles. Plant and tailing samples were randomly collected and the activity concentration of 226Ra in plants (aerial part and roots) and tailings was measured by gamma-spectrometry. The exchangeable fraction of radium in tailings was quantified using one single step extraction with 1 mol dm-3 ammonium acetate (pH = 7) or 1 mol dm-3 calcium chloride solutions. The results obtained for 226Ra uptake by plants show that 226Ra concentration ratios for eucalyptus and pines decrease at low 226Ra concentrations in the tailings and appear relatively constant at higher radium concentrations. For shrubs, the concentration ratios increase at higher 226Ra solid waste concentrations approaching a saturation value. Percentage values of 16.0 +/- 8.3 and 12.9 +/- 8.9, for the fraction of radium extracted from the tailings, using 1 mol dm-3 ammonium acetate or calcium chloride solutions, respectively, were obtained. The 226Ra concentration ratios determined on the basis of exchangeable radium are one order of magnitude higher than those based on total radium. It can be concluded that, at a 95% confidence level, more consistent 226Ra concentration ratios were obtained when calculated on the basis of available radium than when total radium was considered, for all the dams. PMID:11379070

  20. Radiochemical determination and separation or total radium, 226Ra and 224Ra

    Radiochemical purification and separation of radium has been carried out and the determination of total radium solubilized in aqueous samples has been studied assuming that all the alpha emitters of the sample have their origin in the 226Ra and elements of its desintegration chain. Also, the activities of 22Ra and 226 Ra have been evaluated separately doing a measurement after the chemical separation of the radium and another one 10 days after. (Author) 9 refs

  1. Microdistribution of 226Ra and radiation dose to bone target cells

    With the development of a computerized scanning technique it was possible to perform extensive analysis of autoradiographs from bone samples of Beagle dogs injected with 226Ra at levels from 370 to 12.5 kBq/kg body weight. The results on the 226Ra distribution and dosimetry in the lumbar vertebra from dogs injected with 370 kBq/kg are summarized here. (author)

  2. Distribution and retention in bone of 226Ra and comparison with the ICRP 20 model

    Analyses are presented of the ratios of 226Ra to calcium in over 650 samples of compact and cancellous bone from 66 female and 26 male subjects who had died from less than one to 60 years after first exposure to radium. The 226Ra/Ca ratios were normalized to the terminal 226Ra skeletal content. The 226Ra/Ca ratios for vertebrae were essentialy identical to those for other cancellous bone for a given subject. Comparisons of the data with predictions of the ICRP model of alkaline earth metabolism show that for female cancellous bone the normalized 226Ra/Ca ratios tended to be greater than predicted, while those for female cortical bone (femoral and tibial shaft) tended to be less. The data for males were fitted better by the model. A modification of the model to reduce the amount of radium deposited in soft tissue fitted the data better in some respects. A straight line linear least squares fit to the data appeared to fit as well as, or better than, the models. A radiation effect was suggested in that the normalized 226Ra/Ca ratio for vertebrae relative to the ratio expected increased with skeletal absorbed dose for vertebra. However, no such effect was apparent for compact bone or for the cancellous bone as a whole

  3. Determination of {sup 226}Ra Isotope in the Leachate around Phosphogypsum Stack Using Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA)

    Kim, Geun Ho; Kim, Yong Jae; Chang, Byung Uck [University of Science and Tecknology, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-12-15

    Ba is the most useful element to get the Ba(Ra)SO{sub 4} precipitate. However, when the high concentrations of ions such as sulfate, calcium are existed in the leachate of phosphogypsum stack, it is difficult to get the Ba(Ra)SO{sub 4} precipitate. Since this reason, the developed method for the Ba coprecipitate using EDTA was performed to determine the {sup 226}Ra concentration in the high sulfate sample. The average concentration of {sup 226}Ra in a leachate of phosphogypsum using this method was 0.102 Bq{center_dot}kg{sup -1} and the minimal detectable activity is 3.4 mBq{center_dot}kg{sup -1}. The mBq{center_dot}kg{sup -1} method was 0.102 Bq{center_dot}kg{sup -1} and the minimal detectable activity is 3.4 mBq{center_dot}kg{sup -1}. The {sup 226}Ra stock solution and the CRM (Certified Reference Material) were analyzed to verify this method. In analyzed {sup 226}Ra stock solution, bias with added concentration was approximately 1% and the correlation curve between {sup 226}Ra concentration in simulated standard sample and measured {sup 226}Ra concentration showed good agreement with a correlation coefficient (R{sup 2}) of 0.99. In analyzed CRM, maximum bias with reference value was 5.8% (k=1) and the analytical results were in good agreement with the reference value.

  4. 137Cs in the fungal compartment of Swedish forest soils

    The 137Cs activities in soil profiles and in the mycelia of four ectomycorrhizal fungi were studied in a Swedish forest in an attempt to understand the mechanisms governing the transfer and retention of 137Cs in forest soil. The biomass of four species of fungi was determined and estimated to be 16 g m-2 in a peat soil and 47-189 g m-2 in non-peat soil to the depth of 10 cm. The vertical distribution was rather homogeneous for two species (Tylospora spp. and Piloderma fallax) and very superficial for Hydnellum peckii. Most of the 137Cs activity in mycelium of non-peat soils was found in the upper 5 cm. Transfer factors were quite high even for those species producing resupinate sporocarps. In the peat soil only approximately 0.3% of the total 137Cs inventory in soil was found in the fungal mycelium. The corresponding values for non-peat soil were 1.3, 1.8 and 1.9%

  5. Transport of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere in an ocean general circulation model

    Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Hirose, Katsumi; Bryan, Frank O.; Lindsay, Keith; Danabasoglu, Gokhan

    2011-04-01

    137Cs originating from global fallout is transported into the ocean interior by advection and diffusion, and the 137Cs concentration is reduced by radioactive decay. 137Cs concentrations in the global ocean can be simulated by global integration of the coarse-resolution Parallel Ocean Program to understand the mechanism of material transport in the ocean. We investigated the transport mechanism of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere using an ocean general circulation model (OGCM) and compared the simulated results with observations of 137Cs concentrations in the Southern Hemisphere. 137Cs was deposited on the ocean surface mainly as global fallout originating from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing since 1945, and the global distribution of cumulative 137Cs deposition has been reconstructed from global measurements of 137Cs in rain, seawater, and soil. We estimated the global distribution of 137Cs deposition from 1945 to 2003 using these distribution data, 137Cs deposition data observed at the Meteorological Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan, from 1958 to 2003, and 137Cs deposition data for 1945-1957 estimated from ice-core data. We compared the simulated results with 137Cs sections from the South Pacific, Indian, and South Atlantic Oceans obtained during the BEAGLE2003 cruise in 2003. The simulated 137Cs sections were in good agreement with the observations, except for the effects of mesoscale eddies, which not be simulated by the model because of its coarse resolution. OGCMs can simulate the general pattern of 137Cs distribution in the world’s oceans and improve our understanding of the transport mechanism leading to those 137Cs distributions on a time scale of several decades. The model simulation results suggest that the 137Cs deposited in the North Pacific advected to the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, and then to the South Atlantic over about four decades. The North Pacific is thus an important source area of 137Cs to the Southern Hemisphere.

  6. Concentration and speciation of plutonium, americium, uranium, thorium, potassium and 137Cs in a venice canal sediment sample

    Testa, C.; Desideri, D.; Guerra, F.; Meli, M. A.; Roselli, C.; Degetto, S.

    1999-01-01

    A sequential extraction method consisting of six operationally-defined fractions has been developed for determining the geochemical partitioning of natural (U, Th, 40K) and antropogenic (Pu, Am, 137Cs) radionuclides in a 40-50 cm deep sediment sample collected in a Venice canal. Extraction chromatography with Microthene-TOPO (U, Th), Microthene-TNOA (Pu) and Microthene-HDEHP (Am) column was used for the chemical separation of a single radionuclide; the final recoveries were calculated by adding 236U, 229Th, 242Pu and 243Am as the yield tracers. After electrodeposition the alpha spectrometry was carried out. 137Cs and 40K were measured by gamma spectrometry. The total concentrations in the wet sample (Bq/kgd), obtained by a complete disgregation of the matrix by wet and dry treatment, were the following: 239+240Pu=1.03±0.07, 238Pu=0.022±0.005, 241Am=0.337±0.027, 137Cs=9.78±0.78, 238U=28.84±1.62, 232Th=21.42±1.93, 40K=376.05±12.78. The mean ratio 238Pu/239+240Pu (0.02) shows a contamination due essentially to fall-out and U and Th alpha spectra indicate the natural origin of two elements. The absence of 134Cs in the sample proves that at 40-50 cm depth the sediment was not affected by the Chernobyl fall-out. As far as the speciation is concerned the following fractions were considered: water soluble, carbonates, Fe-Mn oxides, organic matter, acid soluble, residue. Pu (˜67%) an Am (˜95%) were present principally in the carbonate fraction; U was more distributed and about 30% and 45% appeared in the carbonate fraction and in the residue respectively; the majority of Th was present in the residue (˜60%); 40K was totally present in the residue; finally 137Cs was found mostly in the acid soluble fraction (˜53%) and in the residue (˜47%). Some stable elements (Fe, Mn, Al, Ti, Ca, Pb, Ba) were also determined in the different fractions to get more information about the chemical association of the single radionuclides.

  7. Contribution of Asian dust to atmospheric deposition of radioactive cesium (137Cs)

    Both Asian dust (kosa) transported from the East Asian continent and locally suspended dust near monitoring sites contribute to the observed atmospheric deposition of 137Cs in Japan. To estimate the relative contribution of these dust phenomena to the total 137Cs deposition, we monitored weekly deposition of mineral particles and 137Cs in spring. Deposition of 137Cs from a single Asian dust event was 62.3 mBq m-2 and accounted for 67% of the total 137Cs deposition during the entire monitoring period. Furthermore, we found high 137Cs specific activity in the Asian dust deposition sample. Although local dust events contributed to 137Cs deposition, their contribution was considerably smaller than that of Asian dust. We conclude that the primary source of atmospheric 137Cs in Japan is dust transported from the East Asian continent

  8. Distribution of 137Cs radionuclide in industrial wastes effluents of Gresik, East Java, Indonesia

    The distribution of anthropogenic radionuclides 137Cs was measured from industrial waste effluent of Gresik to Gresik Sea in east Java, Indonesia. The activity of 37Cs detected at all stations was much lower than in northeast Japan both before and after NPP Fukushima accident. This indicated that in Gresik industrials waste did not consist of 137Cs. The lowest activity 137Cs occurred at the station nearest to the industrial waste effluent that contained some particle ions that were able to scavenge 137Cs and then precipate this radionuclide. Furthermore, the greatest 137Cs occurred at the station that has high current speeds that stirred up sediment to release 137Cs in seawater as a secondary source. The lowest salinity did not effect on the activity of 137Cs even though the lowest salinity and activity 137Cs occurred at the same station. (author)

  9. Distribution of 137Cs Radionuclide in Industrial Wastes Effluents of Gresik, East Java, Indonesia

    Muslim

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The distribution of anthropogenic radionuclides 137Cs was measured from industrial waste effluent of Gresik to Gresik Sea in east Java, Indonesia. The activity of 37Cs detected at all stations was much lower than in northeast Japan both before and after NPP Fukushima accident. This indicated that in Gresik industrials waste did not consist of 137Cs. The lowest activity 137Cs occurred at the station nearest to the industrial waste effluent that contained some particle ions that were able to scavenge 137Cs and then precipate this radionuclide. Furthermore, the greatest 137Cs occured at the station that has high current speeds that stirred up sediment to release 137Cs in seawater as a secondary source. The lowest salinity did not effect on the activity of 137Cs even though the lowest salinity and activity 137Cs occured at the same station

  10. 238U-230Th-226Ra radioactive disequilibria in the products from 1707 eruption of Fuji volcano, Japan

    Time scale of magmatic processes in the 1707 eruptive activity of Fuji volcano, Japan, was estimated by the 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria observed in the 1707 volcanic products. The activity ratios of 226Ra/230Th in the products were larger than unity, being enriched in 226Ra relative to 230Th. The decay-corrected 226Ra/230Th activity ratio to the time of the eruption versus 238U/230Th activity ratio diagram for the 1707 volcanic products showed a positive correlation, suggesting that the 238U/230Th-226Ra disequilibria occurred during the magma genesis of Fuji volcano. The 230Th-226Ra disequilibria in the 1707 volcanic products suggested that the time scale from the magma genesis to the eruption, including the melting of the mantle wedge, magma storage and magmatic differentiation from basalt to andesite, was less than 8000 years. (author)

  11. Evaluation of the variation of 226Ra and Ca uptake by plant and their relationship

    The transfer of 226Ra from soil to plant has been studied for wild trees and grasses to identify the site- and the plant-specific variability in relation to the transfer of Ca. Twelve species of plants and soils were sampled from three different forests and one flood plain in Okayama, Japan. The concentrations of 226Ra in plant varied about 60 times by species and sites, while those in soil were not different significantly among sites. The transfer factors defined as the concentration ratio of 226Ra between plant and soil were linearly correlated with that of Ca, implying that the ability of Ca uptake by plant reflect the ability of 226Ra uptake. The Ca concentrations in plant showed species-specific value and varied 22 times. The range of transfer factor (plant/soil) for Ca increased by the variability of the Ca concentration in soil among sites. These results suggest that the wide variability of 226Ra concentration in plant can be ascribed to both the differences in plant and soil factors of Ca concentration. (author)

  12. Sorption of (226)Ra from oil effluents onto synthetic cation exchangers.

    Al Attar, Lina; Safia, Bassam

    2013-07-30

    Increasing environmental awareness is being urged for the safe disposal of (226)Ra-contaminated production water generated in the oil industry. Birnessite, antimony silicate and their cationic derivatives were studied for the take-up of (226)Ra using the batch-type method under experimentally determined parameters, viz. contact time, solution-solid ratio and (226)Ra concentration. Data was expressed in terms of distribution coefficients. Sorption experiments were performed in different concentrations of nitric acid in order to speculate the mechanism of (226)Ra uptake. Variation in the magnitude of sorption efficiency of the materials in the presence of the major components of waste streams, i.e. Na(+), K(+) and Ca(2+), revealed that K(+) was the greatest competitor and Na(+) the least. The application of the materials to sorb (226)Ra from actual oil co-production water samples, collected from Der Ezzor and Al Fourat petroleum companies (DEZPC and AFPC), was interpreted in terms of the exchange properties of the materials and water characterisation. Of the parameters studied, the selectivity of materials was shown to be greatly dependent on the pH of wastewater to be treated. PMID:23623032

  13. Geographic zones with increased migration of 137Cs from environment into food stuffs

    Increased 137Cs migration from the environment into the human organism through the biological lichen-deer-man chain in the arctic region is considered. Levels of 137Cs content in lichen and deer meat are presented. The degree of 137Cs migration in the wooded district on food stuffs of local production (milk, mushrooms, meat) is presented. The increased 137Cs content is found in food stuffs of animal and vegetable origin in the wooded district due to peculiarities of natural conditions

  14. Behaviour of 137Cs in the Boreal forest ecosystem of central Sweden

    Behaviour of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs in a coniferous forest ecosystem in central Sweden was investigated between 1990 and 1994. Results demonstrated that forest soil belongs to nutrient deficient type, and deposited fallout 137Cs from Chernobyl nuclear accident (CNA) was retained (85%) in the upper 5 cm of humic forest soil layer, with a venial migration deeper into soil profile. No correlation between forest soil exchangeable and total potassium (K+) and 137Cs transfer parameters was observed. However, addition of K+, found to efficiently reduce 137Cs uptake by sheep's fescue and the addition of stable caesium (133Cs+) enhanced it. The addition of ammonium (NH4+) was slightly stimulating the uptake of 137Cs by sheep's fescue in the first cut only. Field plants showed a considerably reduction in their 137Cs activity concentrations. Relative to their 137Cs levels of 1986-89, a little reduction in heather (16%) occurred eight years after CNA. In contrast the reductions in lingonberry and bilberry were 87% and 68%, respectively. Three fractions of forest soil bound 137Cs were observed due to sequential extraction procedure (SEP). The first, is easily extractable 137Cs fraction (F1+F2), it comprises 22% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory in the upper 5 cm layer. The second, is soil organically and biologically bound 137Cs (F3+F4) comprises about 30% of soil bound 137Cs. This fraction might be accounted for long-term soil available 137Cs for plant uptake after bio-degradation processes by soil microorganisms. The third, is the residual fraction (F5), it comprises more than 35% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory, and may be associated with soil components which are probably of organic nature. Sorption of 137Cs by zeolite (Mordenite) revealed that soil bound 137Cs is to some extent more mobile in forest soils with high OM% and low pH than those with low OM%. 99 refs

  15. Fractionation of caesium (137Cs) in coniferous forest soil in central Sweden

    Sequential extraction procedure (SEP) was applied for fractionation of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs bound onto soils of a coniferous forest ecosystem located in central Sweden. Results of sequentially extracted 137Cs fractions demonstrated that 8% (mean value) of the total deposited 137Cs was water soluble (F1) and 13% was NH4OAc extractable (F2). Oxidation of F2 residuals by H2O2 led to a release of 15% of soil-bound 137Cs (F3). Acid digestion of F3 residuals showed a possibility of releasing an extra amount of soil-bound 137Cs, 22% of the total soil 137Cs inventory (F4). These two fractions (F3 and F4) include strongly bound 137Cs that seems to require longer biodegradation processes by soil microflora and microfauna before becoming available for uptake by plants and fungi. More than 37% of the total soil 137Cs inventory was bound onto soil residuals in a non-extractable form that includes slowly degradable organic matter and other soil residual compartments. The distribution coefficient (Kd) was rather low and shows an inverse relation with the increase of percentage of soil organic matter, which indicates a week binding of 137Cs onto forest soil. In contrast, chemical fractionation of soil bound 137Cs showed a substantial fraction of 137Cs was strongly bound onto soil as organically bound 137Cs. Apparently, the binding processes of radiocaesium onto forest soil seems to be time dependent

  16. Life-span studies in 226Ra-injected animals: Effect of low doses, effect of a decorporative treatment

    A life-span radiation effects study was performed in mice injected with several doses of 226Ra. The study included 788 male C57Bl mice. For the removal of the 226Ra, half the mice were treated daily with a diet 5% of which was sodium-alginate. The experiment revealed that mice that received the lowest dose of 226Ra lived significantly longer than controls, and, despite appreciable skeletal removal of 226Ra as a result of decorporative treatment, no biological benefit was observed in treated animals. 19 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  17. Bioaccumulation of 226Ra by plants growing in fresh water ecosystem around the uranium industry at Jaduguda, India

    A field study has been conducted to evaluate the 226Ra bioaccumulation among aquatic plants growing in the stream/river adjoining the uranium mining and ore-processing complex at Jaduguda, India. Two types of plant group have been investigated namely free floating algal species submerged into water and plants rooted in stream and riverbed. The highest 226Ra activity concentration (9850 Bq kg-1) was found in filamentous algae growing in the residual water of tailings pond. The concentration ratios of 226Ra in filamentous algae (activity concentration of 226Ra in plant Bq kg-1 fresh weight/activity concentration of 226Ra in water Bq l-1) widely varied i.e. from 1.1 x 103 to 8.6 x 104. Other aquatic plants were also showing wide variability in the 226Ra activity concentration. The ln-transformed filamentous algae 226Ra activity concentration was significantly correlated with that of ln-transformed water concentration (r = 0.89, p 226Ra in stream/riverbed rooted plants and the substrate. For this group, correlation between 226Ra activity concentration and Mn, Fe, Cu concentration in plants were statistically significant.

  18. 224Ra and 226Ra experimentally induced dental changes in rats

    Sprague-Dawley rats received intragastrically a single dose of 226Ra or 224Ra once weekly for 21 weeks. During this period the animals of both groups were thus exposed to comparable doses. After 12 weeks, a shortening of the maxillary incisors was observed, and this progressed during the course of the 55-week experiment. Radiologically, a loss of pulpal transparency and an apical irregular opacity in the maxillary incisors were demonstrable. Histologically, dysplastic changes of the maxillary incisors and multiple resorptions at the cemento-enamel junction of the molars were seen. The observed alterations were more pronounced in the 226Ra group than in the 224Ra treated group. The experimentally induced resorptions were comparable to those observed in patients who had incorporated 224Ra or 226Ra. Clinical, radiological, histological, γspecrometrical, and autoradiographical findings, as well as dose-estimations, are described. (author)

  19. Systematic study of heavy cluster emission from {210-226}^Ra isotopes

    Santhosh, K P; Priyanka, B; Unnikrishnan, M S

    2012-01-01

    The half lives for various clusters lying in the cold reaction valleys of {210-226}^Ra isotopes are computed using our Coulomb and proximity potential model (CPPM). The computed half lives of 4^He and 14^C clusters from {210-226}^Ra isotopes are in good agreement with experimental data. Half lives are also computed using the Universal formula for cluster decay (UNIV) of Poenaru et al., and are found to be in agreement with CPPM values. Our study reveals the role of doubly magic 208^Pb daughter in cluster decay process. Geiger - Nuttall plots for all clusters up to 62^Fe are studied and are found to be linear with different slopes and intercepts. {12,14}^C emission from 220^Ra; 14^C emission from {222,224}^Ra; 14^C and 20^O emission from 226^Ra are found to be most favourable for measurement and this observation will serve as a guide to the future experiments.

  20. The concentrations of 226 Ra and 210 Pb in food cultivated in Pocos de Caldas

    The aim of this study is to determine the average concentrations of 226 Ra and 210 Pb in vegetables widely cultivated in the region, mainly potatoes, carrots, beans and corn which are the main agricultural products (considering production and human consume) in the region and estimation of the average transfer factors soil-foodstuff for both radionuclides. The total 226 Ra and 210 Pb content in the soil was determined by gamma spectrometry. The exchangeable fraction was obtained by ammonium acetate solution extraction. The 226 Ra was analysed by the classical radon emanation procedure and the 210 Pb was isolated by a radiochemical procedure and determined by radiometry of its daughter 210 Bi beta emissions with a Geiger Mueller counter. (author)

  1. 238U, 226Ra and 210Pb in some vent waters of the Galapagos spreading center

    The concentrations of 226Ra, 238U and 210Pb have been measured in waters from the Mussel Bed and the Rose Garden thermal fields at the Galapagos spreading center over a temperature range of approx.2.5--16 0C. The 226Ra-T plots yield slopes of 0.112 and 0.036 dpm/kg 0C for the Mussel Bed and the Rose Garden respectively yielding a global hydrothermal 226Ra flux less than 5% of that required to sustain the oceanic inventory. 238U concentration in waters 0C is the same as that in ambient sea water whereas water hotter than approx.9 0C shows a decreasing trend with temperature to zero 238U at approx.29 0C. 210Pb concentration in Mussel Bed increases with temperature, and extrapolated to approx.350 0C yields a 210Pb concentration considerably less than that expected from 222Rn decay and basalt alteration

  2. 226Ra and 228Ra in consumable marine organisms from different coastal regions of India

    Marine organism samples were collected from different regions of India. The edible portions after drying and homogenizing kept for 1 month to achieve equilibrium between Radium and its daughter products, were analysed by gamma spectrometry using 50 % HPGe. 226Ra activity was found to be in the range of <0.07-0.736 Bq kg-1 (wet) and 228Ra in the range of <0.082-2.5 Bq kg-1. 228Ra and 226Ra concentrations in different species of organism were different even in the same marine environment. To assess the impact of this activity to human, ingestion dose due to consumption of organisms was calculated and the maximum dose of 2.8 μSv year-1 due to 226Ra and 25.24 μSv year-1 due to 228Ra was observed. (author)

  3. Diffusion of 226Ra and 4K radionuclides reproduced in underwater sedimentary columns in laboratory

    The potential radiological impact of the increase of radioactive substances in the environment makes interesting the study of the migration of the contaminant radionuclides in soils and sediments, which are the last receiver system of these substances. By using a battery of sedimentary columns controlled in the laboratory, the diffusion of the 226Ra and 4K radionuclides has been studied, assessing their respective effective diffusion coefficients in a similar sedimentary medium. A decreasing temporal evolution is obtained, associated to the progressive 'fixation' of the radionuclides by the clay minerals of the sediment, followed by a constant tendency. A timescale of the 'fixation' by the sediment is determined, being of the order of days for 226Ra and of the order of months for 4K, so the progressive 'fixation' of 4K by the clay minerals of the sediments is slower than in the case of 226Ra

  4. Sorption properties of peat for U(VI) and 226Ra in U mining areas

    Understanding the environmental behavior of U and 226Ra is important for remediation of former mining sites and assessment of their durability. The aim of this study is to determine the sorption properties of an acidic peat for U and 226Ra, located near a former U mine. A 90% retention of U over a pH range of 3 to 10 was observed in Na-conditioned peat samples issued from the mesotelm, with a Rd between 1000 and 12000 mL/g. It seems that U sorption in peat is not only governed by organic matter. The Kd for 226Ra adsorption increases with pH from zero to 4849 mL/g. However in this mining environment, the peat bog proved to be significantly impacted by anthropogenic activities, with the presence of detrital components in the peat material that can also contribute to U and Ra sorption. (authors)

  5. Adsorption of 241Am and 226Ra from natural water by wood charcoal

    The adsorption of 241Am and 226Ra from natural water by a granulated wood charcoal was investigated as a function of the solution pH, in the range 4-10, and of the water flow, in the range 3.5-42 cm3/min. The percentage adsorption of 241Am (fairly constant at >80% for all pHs) was greater than that of 226Ra (which increased with increasing pH from ∼40% up to >80%). The results are explained by considering the different species of each radionuclide present at the pH values of the solution at the end of the adsorbent column, and the pH of the point of zero charge of the adsorbent. At pH 6, the elimination of 241Am from natural water was independent of the water flow, while the elimination of 226Ra declined linearly as the flow rate was increased

  6. Radiological impact from atmospheric releases of 238U and 226Ra from phosphate rock processing plants

    Phosphate rocks are used extensively, mainly as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers and secondly for phosphoric acid and gypsum (phosphogypsum). Phosphates are, therefore one of the sources of technologically enhanced exposure to man from natural radionuclides (TENR). Emissions from phosphate rocks processing plants in gaseous and particulate form contain radioisotopes, such as 238U and 226Ra, which are discharged into the environment causing radiation exposures to the population. About 10 MBq of 238U and 226Ra, respectively, are discharged to the environment each year from a phosphate rocks processing plant in Thessaloniki area, Northern Greece. The collective dose commitment to lung tissue resulting from atmospheric release was estimated to be ∼2x10-9 man Gy t-1 for 238U and ∼0.1x10-9 Plan Gy t-1 for 226Ra, i.e. about 2 times higher than that reported in UNSCEAR 1992 Report. (author)

  7. Distribution and flux of 226Ra and 228Ra in the Amazon River estuary

    Measurements of 226Ra and 228Ra in the Amazon River estuary show that desorption from riverborne suspended particulate matter in the estuary increases the riverine flux of both isotopes to the ocean by a factor of approximately 5 over the flux attributable to radium dissolved in the river water alone. The total Amazon flux supplies approximately 0.20% of the 226Ra and approximately 2.6% of the 228Ra standing crops in the near-surface Atlantic (0-200 m). Diffusive flux from estuarine and shelf sediments and desorption from resuspended sediments in the region of the estuary approximately double the estuarine 226Ra concentration and quadruple the estuarine 228Ra concentration above that caused by the dissolved and desorbed river components alone

  8. Standardization of 137 Cs+137m Ba by Liquid Scintillation

    A procedure for the preparation of a stable, homogeneous solution of ''137 Cs+''137m Ba, for use in liquid scintillation measurements, is described. Its count rate stability and spectral time evolution has been followed for several weeks. The solution has been standardised by the CIEMAT/NIST method in both Ultima-Gold and Insta-Gel, to a combined uncertainty lower than 0,51% (k=1)

  9. Uncertainty in the modelling of 137Cs turnover in lakes

    In the context of the IAEA-CEC co-ordinated research programme on Validation of Environmental Model Predictions (VAMP), a generic model for lake ecosystems has been tested under a variety of environmental conditions. The main emphasis has been placed on predicting the levels of 137Cs in water and predatory fish, which are of most concern from a radiological point of view. 2 figs

  10. Activity of 137Cs in mushrooms from Slovak Republic

    In this paper, activity concentrations of radiocesium in mushrooms from various locations in the Slovak Republic during the year 2001 are presented. The highest activity concentration of 137Cs measured was 966 Bq/kg, for Suillus luteus from Senica. Mushrooms belonging to Boletaceae which grow in Central Europe are not only bio-indicators of the environmental contamination with radiocesium, but might also represent depending on their actual radiocesium contamination - some risk factor if consumed too extensively. (authors)

  11. Distribution of 137Cs in soil samples of Goa environment

    Systematic studies on distribution of 137Cs in soil samples of Goa region have been carried out using gamma spectrometric technique. Soil samples were collected from different places of Goa region and studied their depth profile and seasonal variation of the activity. Efforts have been to find the correlation between this radionuclide concentration and the soil organic matter content and possible inferences were drawn. (author)

  12. Leaching of /sup 137/Cs from an epoxide resin

    Leaching of /sup 137/Cs has been found to be independent of surface-area-to-volume ratio and leachant renewal frequency. Short-term leaching can be satisfactorily described by a simple diffusion model. Longer-term data are better explained by including a first-order reaction combined with diffusion. γ-irradiation to 10/sup 7/ Gy has little effect on leaching behaviour of samples containing IX resin

  13. 137Cs and 210Pb distribution in Manila Bay sediment

    Two radionuclides were measured in surface sediment samples taken from geographically distributed sections of Manila Bay, namely cesium-137 (137Cs) and lead-210 (210Pb). Results indicated a noticeable change in the radioactivity concentration levels in sediments collected in 2005 and 2010, with a median concentration of 1.0 and 2.64 Bq kg-1, respectively. Higher levels of 137Cs radioactivity were measured in the northern and inner portion of the bay adjacent to major river systems, agricultural and highly industrialized urban areas. 137Cs isotope increased in activity in most of the samples especially in the northwestern areas of Bataan and Pampanga with five times more than the activity from the first sampling measurements. Nevertheless, radioactivity concentrations observed in surface sediments along the bay are within the range of radioactivity in several areas monitored in the Northern Hemisphere. The country has been frequented by tropical cyclones and storms that have caused erosion, which may have introduced elevated material input in the bay. In addition, wind-driven circulation especially in the shallower areas of the bay is a possibility for the substantial sediment movement and accumulation along this coast. Conversely, areas with higher 137Cs have lower values of 210Pb. In an undisturbed environment, 210Pb deposition values are assumed nearly constant. Hence, changes in the radioactivity concentration levels of these radionuclides can be an indicator of pollution input from land-based sources, sediment movement and reworking in the coastal areas. At present, there is very limited information on the radioactivity level of various radioisotopes in Manila Bay.The data obtained are benchmark values against which changes that will be occurring in the bay can be assessed. (author)

  14. Study on accumulation of 137Cs in aquatic organisms

    FengDing-Hua; CheungT

    1998-01-01

    The organisms were cultivated for 7d in well water contaminated with 137Cs,The experimental results show that the accumulation level of tissues of carassius auratus had the order of gill>viscera>epidermis(including scales)>bone(including head and tail)>flesh.The concentration capability of them had the order of shrimp>carassius auratus>ophiocephalus argus,The concentration factors(CF) of shrimp was 12.6 times of that of ophiocephalus argus.

  15. 137Cs, trace and toxic elements distribution in Austrian mushrooms

    Various mushroom species have been analyzed for their elemental composition (i.e., Al, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Sr and Zn) by means of ICP-AES. The accuracy of the measurements was confirmed by analyzing a series of the same samples by short time activation analysis. The data were evaluated statistically including the values of 137Cs. The results denote that the distribution of these elements and their correlation coefficients are highly distinctive for each mushroom species. K, Na and P were found to correlate negatively with 137Cs in most species. Suillus grevillei and Cantharellus cibarius show high Be values (0.27 and 0.30 μg g-1, respectively), while Pb was high in Suillus grevillei (16.3 μg g-1) and Amanita rubescens (9.3 μg g-1). Higher levels of Cd were found in Rozites caperata and Russula vesca with a mean of 9.2 and 16.1 μg g-1, respectively. Cluster analysis was applied to classify these samples according to their botanical species using their elemental composition . The concentrations of Al, Cr, Mn, Na and 137Cs have no influence on the classification of these samples. (author) 9 refs.; 3 figs.; 3 tabs

  16. 226Ra lovels in surface and drinking waters in selected localities in Slovakia

    Samples were taken in the West Slovakia region from local water mains, wells and artesian wells. 226Ra was determined from samples immediately following separation from water by coprecipitation with lead sulphate and barium sulphate. From each sample two parallel separations were made with non-active carriers and one with an internal 226Ra standard. The volume activities of the samples were found to be relatively low, 73% within the range of 0 to 10 mBq/l. Activity in samples taken from artesian wells was 30 to 35 mBq/l. (M.D.)

  17. Whole-body 137Cs and 137Cs levels in the Greek population following the 1986 Chernobyl accident

    One of the consequences of the reactor accident at Chernobyl was the contamination of foodstuffs with 134Cs and 137Cs. Whole-body measurements were carried out over a four year period to determine the committed effective dose to the Greek population from internal contamination with 134Cs and 137Cs. The mean 50 year committed effective dose in residents of Ioannina was found to be 495 μSv for men, 330 μSv for women and 300 μSv for children. Measurements on subjects living in other parts of Greece showed that the average level of internal contamination over the country was about 10% higher than Ioannina, resulting in a 4.5 kSv collective effective dose to the Greek population. (author)

  18. Flux of 238U and 232Th in Changjiang estuary

    The study of fluxes of the U, Th of Changjiang River into the East China Sea and its adjacent waters is basic work to understanding of U, Th tracer theirselves and their corresponding biogeochemical cycles process in estuaries, coastal. By sampling in the Xuliujing (i.e. the interface between fresh water and sea water) every month, 200 L water was filtered through 0.45μm fabric cartridge to collect particle nuclides. The dissolved nuclides were co-precipitated using Fe(OH)3 and MnO2. The range of 238U activity in water is 2.30-10.32 Bq·m-3, with an average of 5.48±1.19 Bq·m-3; the activity of 232Th is 1.08-2.32 Bq·m-3, with an average of 1.75±0.29 Bq·m-3. Changjiang River conveyed 238U 4.06 x 1012Bq, 232Th 1.54 x 1012 Bq into the estuary every year. Further study of the seasonal variations 238U, 232Th input to the sea, indicating that: the activity of 238U and Changjiang River estuary water flux have a certain degree of negative correlation (R2=0.65, n=12); the main source of 232Th is the weathering of the river. The activity of 232Th is large on the spring and autumn because of strong weathering in Changjiang Basin comparison with other seasons. Compared with the other estuaries in the world, the flux of 238U and 232Th of the Changjiang River estuary is large because of its large fluxes of sediments and runoff in the world. (authors)

  19. Dissolution behavior of 137Cs absorbed on the green tea leaves

    The green tea leaf was dipped in the 137CsCl solution to elucidate the dissolution behavior of 137Cs. The IP observation showed that 137Cs was not uniformly adsorbed on the tea leaf, even if the tea leaf was dipped in the homogeneous solution. The activation energy of 137Cs dissolution was estimated to be 0.045 eV, indicating that most of 137Cs would exist as the adsorbed state. The dissolution behaviors as a function of cesium and potassium concentrations and pH, were also studied. (author)

  20. Dissolution behavior of 137Cs absorbed on the green tea leaves

    The green tea leaves was dipped in the 137CsCl solution to elucidate the dissolution behavior of 137Cs contaminated on the green tea leaves. It was found that the amount of 137Cs dissolved into tea water was controlled by the temperature of water, and the activation energy of 137Cs dissolution was estimated to be 0.045 eV, indicating that most of 137Cs would exist as the adsorbed state. In addition, the dissolution behavior was controlled by the concentration of stable Cs dissolved in water, although no large correlation with pH was observed. (author)

  1. Quantification of {sup 235} U and {sup 226} Ra in soil samples by means of Gamma spectroscopy; Cuantificacion de {sup 235} U y {sup 226} Ra en muestras de suelo por medio de espectrometria gamma

    Quintero P, E.; Rojas M, V.P.; Montes M, F.R.; Gaso P, M.I.; Cervantes N, M.L. [Gerencia de Innovacion Tecnologica, A.P. 18-1027, C.P. 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    In this work it is presented the Gamma Spectroscopy method which is realized in the Environmental Radiological Surveillance Laboratory using the option of deconvolution of a commercial software for the quantification of {sup 235} U and {sup 226} Ra; also is presented the method for the {sup 226} Ra correction activity. (Author)

  2. The Role of Prussian Blue in Eliminating the Compositional Effects of 137Cs Internal Contamination

    Seventy male albino rats of two ages: growing (2-months age, 102 + 10 g /rat) and adults (4- months age, 280 + 15 g / rat) were used in this study. The rats were fed on a balanced diet (21% crude proteins, 3% crude fats and 4% crude fibers). The treatments of oral administration of a single dose (3700 Bq/growing rat and 7400 Bq/adult rat) of 137Cs (137Cs Cl salt) and prussian blue (PB, 300 mg/kg body weight/day for 60 days) were as the following combinations: [1] without 137Cs or PB, [2] 137Cs only, [3] PB only, [4] PB one day before 137Cs, [5] PB immediately after 137Cs, [6] PB one day after 137Cs, and [7] PB one week after 137Cs. All of body weight, total body water (TBW), fat-free body (FFB), total body fat (TBF), fat-free dry body (FFDB), total body protein (TBP), and total body ash (TBA). The data revealed that: adult rats had a significant (P137Cs treatment caused decreases in final body weight; % change of body weight, TBW, FFB, FFDB, TBP, TBA. In both growing and adult rats, PB administration, only before or at the same time of irradiation, could eliminate the effects of 137Cs-gamma irradiation on : final body weight, % change in body weight, FFB, FFDB, TBP. However, PB administration, one or seven days post treatment, eliminated 137Cs treatments effects on TBF

  3. Relationship between 137Cs concentration and cultivated history on loessial hillslopes

    There are close linkages between soil loss degree and soil disturbance degree by human. So it is a key problem to know that how human activity affects soil loss. To analyse the correlation of 137Cs loss degree with hillslopes' cultivated histories, the concentrations of 137Cs on different kinds of loessial hillslopes with different cultivated histories, abandoned ages and different patterns of reforestation are studied. The result shows that there is a linear relationship among 137Cs areal concentrations, cultivation ages and slope gradients. the regressive equation is as follows: X=2356.79-22.77 t-35.53 S. Variant coefficient of 137Cs areal concentration is 80.11% among hillslopes with different abandonment ages. It is also deduced that 137Cs areal concentration is affected primarily by abandonment ages of hillslopes. The 137Cs loss rates of hillslopes with different vegetation restoration manners show significant differences, as a whole, autogenic restoration 137Cs area concentrations on hillslopes. (authors)

  4. Monitoring of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs in semi-natural coniferous forest of central Sweden

    Monitoring the behaviour of 137Cs in semi-natural coniferous forest ecosystem of central Sweden was investigated between 1990 and 1994. Results demonstrated that soil in the area of study is thin layer characterised with high organic matter fraction and acidic pH. Most of Chernobyl fallout deposited 137Cs retained in the upper 5 cm with venial migration into deeper layers of soil profile The activity concentration of 137Cs in the dominant plants showed some variation, which presumed to be due to high variations in the different soil parameters and species-specificity of plants in 137Cs uptake. Fractionation of soil bound 137Cs using sequential extracted procedure predicted that easily extractable 137Cs fraction that includes water soluble and NH4OAc exchangeable comprises ∼25% of total soil radiocaesium inventory in the upper 5 cm layer of forest soil. These fractions, represent the soil mobile 137Cs in the forest ecosystem. About 37% of total forest soil 137Cs inventory could be accounted for soil organically bound 137Cs that include oxidizable and acid digestible organic matter. These fractions require a long term big-degradation process by soil micro-organisms, before becoming available for plant uptake. More over a substantial fraction Of 137Cs was firmly bound onto soil compartments of organic and/or mineral nature as a residual (36%). This means that binding processes of 137Cs onto humic forest soil with high fraction of organic matter and acidic reaction is time dependent. The most distinguished soil parameters that might influenced 137Cs transfer to and/or uptake by natural plants in the area of study were soil OM%, and soil pH. Soil biological activity might also be considered, (although it was not determined in this study). The long term 137Cs availability in this type of forest soil must be related to the organically bound 137Cs fractions. (author)

  5. Fukushima 137Cs at the base of planktonic food webs off Japan

    Baumann, Z.; Fisher, N. S.; Gobler, C. J.; Buesseler, K. O.; George, J. A.; Breier, C. F.; Nishikawa, J.

    2015-12-01

    The potential bioaccumulation of 137Cs in marine food webs off Japan became a concern following the release of radioactive contaminants from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the coastal ocean. Previous studies suggest that 137Cs activities increase with trophic level in pelagic food webs, however, the bioaccumulation of 137Cs from seawater to primary producers, to zooplankton has not been evaluated in the field. Since phytoplankton are frequently the largest component of suspended particulate matter (SPM) we used SPM concentrations and particle-associated 137Cs to understand bioaccumulation of 137Cs in through trophic pathways in the field. We determined particle-associated 137Cs for samples collected at 20 m depth from six stations off Japan three months after the initial release from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. At 20 m SPM ranged from 0.65 to 1.60 mg L-1 and rapidly declined with depth. The ratios of particulate organic carbon to chlorophyll a suggested that phytoplankton comprised much of the SPM in these samples. 137Cs activities on particles accounted for on average 0.04% of the total 137Cs in seawater samples, and measured concentration factors of 137Cs on small suspended particles were comparatively low (∼102). However, when 137Cs in crustacean zooplankton was derived based only on modeling dietary 137Cs uptake, we found predicted and measured 137Cs concentrations in good agreement. We therefore postulate the possibility that the dietary route of 137Cs bioaccumulation (i.e., phytoplankton ingestion) could be largely responsible for the measured levels in the copepod-dominated (%) zooplankton assemblages in Japanese coastal waters. Finally, our data did not support the notion that zooplankton grazing on phytoplankton results in a biomagnification of 137Cs.

  6. Behavior of 226Ra in the aquatic environment of the uranium mine region of Pocos de Caldas, MG, Brazil

    A sampling and analytical program for 238U, 226Ra and 210Pb was started, at first, in the uranium mine region, at Pocos de Caldas, MG, Brazil. Afterwards, the interaction was studied between 226Ra and local river sediments and waters. Peliminary studies were also done on the mobility of 226Ra retained on solid matter or soil, induced by local waters. Above normal concentrations of 238U, 226Ra and 210Pb were found in local waters, sediments and plants collected on the imediate vicinity of the mine. 226Ra distribution coefficients are on the order of 103 for the different samples assayed. It was concluded that, in the future, 226Ra discharged into liquid environment should be only temporarily retained by sediments. Its transport by surface waters should be predominantly in the soluble form. 226Ra should become the critical radionuclide in terms of internal radiation dose on the local population, due to its ingestion with water. 226Ra retained on solid supports is mobilized by local waters and its solubilization is dependent on the volume of water passed through. (M.A.)

  7. Intake of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po with food in Poland

    Pietrzak-Flis, Z.; Chrzanowski, E.; Dembinska, S. [Department of Radiation Hygiene, Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw (Poland)

    1997-09-06

    Intake with food and water of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po was determined for an adult population in regions of central, northern and northeastern Poland. The content of radionuclides was determined in the daily diet and, in the central region, also in foodstuffs and drinking water. The annual intake with foodstuffs was estimated on the basis of their average annual consumption. The {sup 226}Ra intake in northeastern Poland was approximately 17% higher than the overall average, correlating well with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb ratio was close to unity in the continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was approximately 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb ratio was found to be approximately 10. In central Poland the largest intake of {sup 226}Ra was with flour and vegetables (contribution approx. 60%), the largest intake of {sup 210}Pb was with flour and meat (approx. 50%) and the largest intake of {sup 210}Po was with fish (approx. 34%). From the intake and dose coefficient, annual effective doses were calculated. The dose from {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po was approx. 54 {mu}Sv year{sup -1}, and the dose from {sup 226}Ra was approx. 4 {mu}Sv year{sup -1}.

  8. 226Ra translocation from soil to selected vegetation in the Crucea (Romania) uranium mining area

    Popa, K.; Tykva, Richard; Podracká, Eva; Humelnicu, D.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 278, č. 1 (2008), s. 211-213. ISSN 0236-5731 Grant ostatní: MEdC-ANCS(RO) CNCSIS160/2007 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : translocation 226Ra * soil * vegetation * mining area Subject RIV: DK - Soil Contamination ; De-contamination incl. Pesticides Impact factor: 0.659, year: 2008

  9. Determination of ''226Ra by Alpha Spectrometry by Using ''225Ra as Yield Tracer

    A method for the determination of low-level ''226 Ra in environmental and geological samples by alpha spectrometry is described. The method is based on the use of ''225 Ra from ''229 Th as yield tracer and has been developed to analyze U, Th and Ra in the same sample. (Author) 12 refs

  10. The 226 Ra, 210 Pb and essential elements bioavailability to pines at Urgeirica uranium mill tailings

    The objective of this study is to correlate the uptake of the natural radionuclides 226Ra and 210Pb with the essential elements, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the pines growing at the 'Urgeirica uranium mill tailings. It can be concluded that the potassium, calcium and magnesium mean concentration ratio values are, about two to three orders of magnitude, higher than the values obtained to 226Ra and 210Pb for pines growing on the Urgeirica uranium mill tailings. The concentration ratio values higher than 1 obtained to the potassium, calcium and magnesium elements indicate that pines are behaving as accumulators to these elements. Contrarily, the 226Ra and 210Pb concentration ratio values lower than 1 indicates that pines are behaving as excluders to these radionuclides. So, it can be concluded that this kind of plants is not suitable to a phyto remediation strategy. In general, a marginally significant correlation was observed between the potassium, calcium and magnesium concentrations, the cation-exchange capacity and the ph in the tailings and the 226Ra and 210Pb pines/tailings concentration ratios. (N.C.)

  11. A new two-phase media method for 226Ra activity measurement in water

    A new two-phase media method was developed for determination of 226Ra activity in water. The method was calibrated by applying 7 standard 226Ra waters with known activities. The method detects alphas in two media; 80 ml of water in a glass bottle with air or a non-polar liquid such as olive oil on top of the water. Alpha particles from 226Ra, 222Rn and progeny were detected by two polycarbonate track detectors (PCTDs) which were mounted on a holder inserted in the bottle so that one PCTD is placed in water and the other in air or in the non-polar liquid. The bottles were hermetically sealed and kept for 40 or 48 d. The PCTDs in the bottles shaken every other day enhanced the sensitivity of the measurements. The Calibration Factors for the standard 226Ra waters, air and olive oil above water are, respectively, (7.85 ± 0.25) x 10-3, (7.94 ± 0.13) x 10-3 and 3.02 x 10-2 tracks.cm-2 kBq-1 h-1 m3. (authors)

  12. Assessment of {sup 226}Ra age-dependent dose from water intake

    Porntepkasemsan, Boonsom [Research and Development Group, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand)], E-mail: boonsom@oaep.go.th; Srisuksawad, Kanitha [Research and Development Group, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand)

    2008-11-15

    The radioactivity in canal and ground waters collected in a 2-year long observation from the vicinity of the Rare Earth Research and Development Center (RRDC), Phathumthani Province, Thailand, was measured in order to determine the concentration of {sup 226}Ra and to estimate the age-dependent effective dose to humans due to consumption. {sup 226}Ra activities in both canal and ground waters were well below the WHO guidance level for drinking water quality of 1 Bq L{sup -1}. The highest {sup 226}Ra effective doses per year were found for infants and teens. However, the observed levels of calculated {sup 226}Ra effective doses for all age groups in both canal and ground waters show satisfactory low values (less than 15 {mu}Sv yr{sup -1}). These values are acceptable in accordance with the WHO recommended reference dose level of 100 {mu}Sv yr{sup -1} from water intake of 2 L day{sup -1}.

  13. Intake of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po with food in Poland

    Intake with food and water of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po was determined for an adult population in regions of central, northern and northeastern Poland. The content of radionuclides was determined in the daily diet and, in the central region, also in foodstuffs and drinking water. The annual intake with foodstuffs was estimated on the basis of their average annual consumption. The 226Ra intake in northeastern Poland was approximately 17% higher than the overall average, correlating well with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The 210Po/210Pb ratio was close to unity in the continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was approximately 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the 210Po/210Pb ratio was found to be approximately 10. In central Poland the largest intake of 226Ra was with flour and vegetables (contribution approx. 60%), the largest intake of 210Pb was with flour and meat (approx. 50%) and the largest intake of 210Po was with fish (approx. 34%). From the intake and dose coefficient, annual effective doses were calculated. The dose from 210Pb and 210Po was approx. 54 μSv year-1, and the dose from 226Ra was approx. 4 μSv year-1

  14. 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po in food and in population in Poland

    Content of 226Ra, 210Pb and 210Po was determined in daily diet, foodstuffs and drinking water in various regions in Poland. The annual intake of the radionuclides with foodstuffs for an adult population was estimated on the basis of the average annual consumption. The 226Ra intake was in all the places similar; variations between the samples from a locality were bigger than the differences between various localities. Slightly higher 226Ra intake was observed in Suwalki, evidently being associated with the higher concentration of this radionuclide in the soil. The average 210Po/210Pb ratios was below and close to unity in the daily diet of continental regions, whereas at the Baltic Sea coast it was about 1.5. The latter value can be ascribed to a larger consumption of fish for which the 210Po/210Pb ratio was close to 10. The calculated body burden for an adult man was 1.6 Bq for 226Ra, 6.8 Bq for210Pb and 6.8 Bq for 210Po. (author)

  15. Selective 226Ra2+ Ionophores Provided by Self-Assembly of Guanosine and Isoguanosine Derivatives

    Leeuwen, van Fijs W.B.; Verboom, Willem; Shi, Xiaodong; Davis, Jeffery T.; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2004-01-01

    The self-assembled guanosine (G 1)-based hexadecamers and isoguanosine (isoG 2)-based decamers are excellent 226Ra2+ selective ionophores even in the presence of excess alkali (Na+, K+, Rb+, and Cs+) and alkaline earth (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) cations over the pH range 3-11. G 1 requires additio

  16. 226Ra and 228Ra in consumable marine organisms from different coastal regions of India

    Marine organism samples were collected from different collection centers of eastern and western coastal regions of India. Edible and non edible portions of the organisms were separated. The edible portions were freeze dried, ground, homogenized and filled in air tight plastic boxes and kept for one month to achieve equilibrium between Radium and it daughter products. Later the samples were gamma counted using 50% HPGe and 226Ra and 228Ra activity concentration in the samples were calculated. 226Ra activity was found to be in the range of 0.001 to 0.69 Bq.kg-1 (wet) and 228Ra in the range of 0.001 to 2.5 Bq.kg-1 (wet). 228Ra concentration was observed to be more than 226Ra concentration in the organisms. To follow the impact of this activity to human, dose due to ingestion by consuming the organisms was calculated and was observed as the maximum dose due to 226Ra as 1.93X10-1 μSvy-1 and 1.73 μSvy-1 due to 228Ra. (author)

  17. Energy levels and reduced probabilities of electric dipole, quadrupole and octupole transitions of 226Ra

    The energy levels and reduced probabilities of electric dipole, quadrupole and octupole transitions measured in the Coulomb excitation of 226Ra are analyzed in the framework of the soft axial-symmetric rotator model with quadrupole and octupole deformations. The calculated values are in good agreement with experimental data. (author). 11 refs., 2 figs

  18. Bioaccumulation of 226Ra in the plants growing near uranium facilities

    Tykva, Richard; Podracká, Eva

    Warsaw : Warsaw University, 2005. s. 13. [Conference: Mechanism of radionuclides and heavy metals bioaccumulation and their relevance for biomonitoring . 07.10.2005-08.10.2005, Warsaw] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : bioaccumulation * 226Ra in soil * uranium facilities Subject RIV: DL - Nuclear Waste, Radioactive Pollution ; Quality

  19. Root endophytic bacteria of a (137)Cs and Mn accumulator plant, Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides, increase (137)Cs and Mn desorption in the soil.

    Yamaji, Keiko; Nagata, Satoshi; Haruma, Toshikatsu; Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Kozaki, Tamotsu; Watanabe, Naoko; Nanba, Kenji

    2016-03-01

    We found that root endophytes of (137)Cs accumulator plant produce siderophores, resulting in the desorption of (137)Cs from the contaminated soil collected at Fukushima, Japan. We selected an endemic Japanese deciduous tree, Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides (Franch. et Sav), that accumulates high concentrations of (137)Cs and Mn. Root endophytic bacteria were isolated from E. sciadophylloides and microbial siderophore production was evaluated via chrome azurol S (CAS) Fe and CAS Al assays. Of the 463 strains that we isolated, 107 (23.1%) produced the siderophores. Using eight strains that showed high siderophore production in our assays, we examined desorption of (137)Cs, Mn, Fe and Al by the bacterial culture filtrates from (137)Cs-contaminated soil after decomposing the soil organic matter using hydrogen peroxide. We found (137)Cs and Mn desorption concomitant with Al and Fe desorption, as well as a decrease of pH. We also detected succinic acid, a well-known siderophore, in the bacterial culture filtrates of our two root endophytic bacteria. Our results strongly suggest that the root endophytic bacteria of E. sciadophylloides produce the siderophores that enhance (137)Cs and Mn desorption in the rhizosphere, making the resulting (137)Cs and Mn ions easier for E. sciadophylloides to absorb from the rhizosphere. PMID:26760221

  20. Benchmarking ~(232)Th Evaluations With KBR and Thor Experiments

    2011-01-01

    The n+232Th evaluations from CENDL-3.1, ENDF/B-Ⅶ.0, JENDL-3.3 and JENDL-4.0 were tested with KBR series and THOR benchmark from ICSBEP Handbook. THOR is Plutonium-Metal-Fast (PMF) criticality benchmark reflected with metal thorium.

  1. Evaluation of 232Th for ENDF/B-V

    The evaluation of neutron and gamma ray production cross sections of 232Th from 10-5 eV to 20 MeV is described, and the parts contributed by the author to the evaluation are discussed. All available new data have been included and the procedures used to assess the experimental data and adopt recommended values are described

  2. 226Ra concentrations in crayfish tissues, water, and sediments from the Serpent River Basin in Northeastern Ontario, Canada

    Lower Serpent River, as well as Elliot, McCarthy and McCabe lakes had highest 226Ra contamination, Chrisman, Quirke and Whiskey lakes a moderate one, Flack and Semiwhite lakes and the 'distant' control, Lake Wanapitei, the lowest. 226Ra activity in Cambarus robustus tissues was directly related to their background levels. Thus, concentration coefficient (tissue/sediment concentrations) for 226Ra ranged from 0.53 to 0.74 in highly contaminated Elliot and McCarthy lakes, 0.28 to 0.59 in moderately contaminated Quirke and Whiskey lakes, and from 0.27 to 3.44 in least contaminated Semiwhite and Flack lakes. Among various organs analysed, exoskeleton showed the highest (43.04 - 90.69%) and the tail muscles the lowest (2.95 -17.14%) 226Ra activity. 226Ra concentrations in the alimentary canal were considered a part of the ambient environment as they had not been absorbed

  3. Volume activity 226Ra mine waters of Ostrava-Karvina coal mines

    The State Office for Nuclear Safety, Regional Center Kamenna administers, within the framework of supervision, an inspection on workplaces of mines and discharge radionuclides into the environment from mines of Ostrava-Karvina coal mines. Join-stock company OKD exploit coal in next mines Paskov, Darkov, Lazy and CSA. Join -stock company CMD exploit coal in mine CSM. In 2002 DIAMO, state enterprise took over a part of Ostrava-Karvina coal mines and its division ODRA pump mine waters on Water-pumping shaft Jeremenko, Water- pumping shaft Zofie and close Mine Barbora. A water samples were take on main outflow mine water of mine. The presentation summarizes results from monitoring mine waters from 1999 to 2004 years. Volume activity 226Ra mine waters of Mine Lazy-locality Dukla and Water-pumping shaft Zofie are higher then clearance level from Regulation No.307/2002 Coll. On Radiation Protection. They are comparable with mine waters of uranium mines. Volume activity 226Ra surface waters under outflow perform, without stream Petrvaldska struzka under outflow Water-pumping shaft Zofie, guidance level for contamination surface waters from Government regulation No.61/2003 Coll. Volume activity 226Ra surface waters under outflow coal mines are higher then volume in surface waters under uranium mines, because mine waters from uranium mines are decontaminate on decontamination stations. Considering that volume activities 226Ra surface water of Orlovska struzka stream are under guidance level for contamination surface waters from Government regulation No.61/2003 Coll.. don't urgency arrangement to decontamination mine waters. Mass activity 226Ra in bed sediment under outflow Mine Lazy-locality Dukla are comparable with exemption level from Regulation No.307 /2002 Coll. On Radiation Protection. (authors)

  4. Immobilization of 137Cs on cement-zeolite composites

    The research has been mainly concerned with the solidification of radioactive waste in cement based matrices to reduce the mobility of cesium in the solid form. Zeolite was fixed in a cement based matrix and exposed to synthetic ground water. The zeolite can replace sand materials that are used in the cement formulations. The influences of different weights of zeolite and sand on the diffusion coefficients for 137Cs were studied using the solid waste form treated in ground water. (author). 3 refs, 3 figs, 8 tabs

  5. Sequential determination of natural (232Th, 238U) and anthropogenic (137Cs, 90Sr, 241Am, 239+240Pu) radionuclides in environmental matrix

    A new sequential method for the determination of both natural (U, Th) and anthropogenic (Sr, Cs, Pu, Am) radionuclides has been developed for application to soil and sediment samples. The procedure was optimised using a reference sediment (IAEA-368) and reference soils (IAEA-375 and IAEA-326). Reference materials were first digested using acids (leaching), 'total' acids on hot plate, and acids in microwave in order to compare the different digestion technique. Then, the separation and purification were made by anion exchange resin and selective extraction chromatography: Transuranic (TRU) and Strontium (SR) resins. Natural and anthropogenic alpha radionuclides were separated by Uranium and Tetravalent Actinide (UTEVA) resin, considering different acid elution medium. Finally, alpha and gamma semiconductor spectrometer and liquid scintillation spectrometer were used to measure radionuclide activities. The results obtained for strontium-90, cesium-137, thorium-232, uranium- 238, plutonium-239+240 and americium-241 isotopes by the proposed method for the reference materials provided excellent agreement with the recommended values and good chemical recoveries. (authors)

  6. A review: study on the behavior of 137Cs in agricultural environment of China

    In China, study on the behavior of137Cs in agricultural environment was begun in 1960. Many papers on the behavior of 137Cs in soil-plant system and the estimation of 137Cs radioactivity in soil and food were published. The absorption, accumulation and distribution of 137Cs in plant, the relationship between absorption of 137Cs by plant and contaminating way and form, the 137Cs radioactivity in soil and food and its transfer coefficient in soil-plant system, the effects of the characters of soil and plant as well as the living stages on the transfer are concerned. The results show that the average radioactivity of 137Cs in soil of China is 10.45 Bq/kg, and the deposition densities decrease with the latitude decreasing. The transfer coefficient of 137Cs from soil to the agricultural products is about 0.12∼8.19 x 10-3. The distribution of 137Cs in rice plant is in the order of the root>glume>leaf>stem>rice. The radioactivity of aerial part accumulates mainly in the glume. The countermeasures to alleviate the adverse effects of 137Cs contamination need further study

  7. 137Cs inventory in semi-isolated basins of the western South Pacific

    Yamada, M.; Wang, Z.

    2007-12-01

    The main introduction routes of 137Cs into the Pacific Ocean are worldwide global fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing and close-in fallout from U. S. tests conducted on the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. The objectives of this study are to measure the 137Cs activities in water columns of the western South Pacific Ocean and to discuss the processes controlling the 137Cs inventory. The 137Cs activities were determined for seawater samples from the East Caroline, Coral Sea, New Hebrides, South Fiji and Tasman Sea Basins of the western South Pacific Ocean. The 137Cs activities in surface waters ranged from 1.7 Bq m- 3 in the Tasman Sea Basin to 2.3 Bq m-3 in the East Caroline Basin. The latitudinal 137Cs distributions in surface waters showed the opposite trend to the expected deposition density from global fallout. The distribution profiles of 137Cs activity at these six western South Pacific Ocean stations did not differ from each other significantly. The total 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean ranged from 850 Bq m-2 in the Coral Sea Basin to 1270 Bq m-2 in the South Fiji Basin. Higher 137Cs inventories were observed at middle latitude stations in the subtropical gyre than at low latitude stations. The 137Cs inventories were 1.9 - 4.5 times higher than that of the expected deposition density of atmospheric global fallout at the same latitude. The possible sources of excess 137Cs inventories in the western South Pacific Ocean might be attributable to both the inter-hemisphere dispersion of the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing 137Cs from the northern stratosphere to the southern one and its subsequent deposition, and water- bearing transport of 137Cs from the North Pacific Ocean to the South Pacific.

  8. {sup 137}Cs applicability to soil erosion assessment: theoretical and empirical model; Aplicabilidade do {sup 137}Cs para medir erosao do solo: modelos teoricos e empiricos

    Andrello, Avacir Casanova

    2004-02-15

    The soil erosion processes acceleration and the increase of soil erosion rates due to anthropogenic perturbation in soil-weather-vegetation equilibrium has influenced in the soil quality and environment. So, the possibility to assess the amplitude and severity of soil erosion impact on the productivity and quality of soil is important so local scale as regional and global scale. Several models have been developed to assess the soil erosion so qualitative as quantitatively. {sup 137}Cs, an anthropogenic radionuclide, have been very used to assess the superficial soil erosion process Empirical and theoretical models were developed on the basis of {sup 137} Cs redistribution as indicative of soil movement by erosive process These models incorporate many parameters that can influence in the soil erosion rates quantification by {sup 137} Cs redistribution. Statistical analysis was realized on the models recommended by IAEA to determinate the influence that each parameter generates in results of the soil redistribution. It was verified that the most important parameter is the {sup 137} Cs redistribution, indicating the necessity of a good determination in the {sup 137} Cs inventory values with a minimum deviation associated with these values. After this, it was associated a 10% deviation in the reference value of {sup 137} Cs inventory and the 5% in the {sup 137} Cs inventory of the sample and was determinate the deviation in results of the soil redistribution calculated by models. The results of soil redistribution was compared to verify if there was difference between the models, but there was not difference in the results determinate by models, unless above 70% of {sup 137} Cs loss. Analyzing three native forests and an area of the undisturbed pasture in the Londrina region, can be verified that the {sup 137} Cs spatial variability in local scale was 15%. Comparing the {sup 137} Cs inventory values determinate in the three native forest with the {sup 137} Cs inventory

  9. Reconstruction of 137Cs activity in the ocean following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

    Tsumune, Daisuke; Aoyama, Michio; Tsubono, Takaki; Tateda, Yutaka; Misumi, Kazuhiro; Hayami, Hiroshi; Toyoda, Yasuhiro; Maeda, Yoshiaki; Yoshida, Yoshikatsu; Uematsu, Mitsuo

    2014-05-01

    A series of accidents at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant following the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 resulted in the release of radioactive materials to the ocean by two major pathways, direct release from the accident site and atmospheric deposition. We reconstructed spatiotemporal variability of 137Cs activity in the ocean by the comparison model simulations and observed data. We employed a regional scale and the North Pacific scale oceanic dispersion models, an atmospheric transport model, a sediment transport model, a dynamic biological compartment model for marine biota and river runoff model to investigate the oceanic contamination. Direct releases of 137Cs were estimated for more than 2 years after the accident by comparing simulated results and observed activities very close to the site. The estimated total amounts of directly released 137Cs was 3.6±0.7 PBq. Directly release rate of 137Cs decreased exponentially with time by the end of December 2012 and then, was almost constant. The daily release rate of 137Cs was estimated to be 3.0 x 1010 Bq day-1 by the end of September 2013. The activity of directly released 137Cs was detectable only in the coastal zone after December 2012. Simulated 137Cs activities attributable to direct release were in good agreement with observed activities, a result that implies the estimated direct release rate was reasonable, while simulated 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition were low compared to measured activities. The rate of atmospheric deposition onto the ocean was underestimated because of a lack of measurements of dose rate and air activity of 137Cs over the ocean when atmospheric deposition rates were being estimated. Observed 137Cs activities attributable to atmospheric deposition in the ocean helped to improve the accuracy of simulated atmospheric deposition rates. Although there is no observed data of 137Cs activity in the ocean from 11 to 21 March 2011, observed data of

  10. Determination of Corrections in the Absolute Measurement of 137Cs

    A method, of determining corrections in absolute measurements of 137Cs by 4π proportional counter is described. The correction for self-absorption of 137Cs beta particles from sources formed by vacuum deposition of CsCl on standard carrier films was determined. These samples, which had negligible self-absorption, were measured by 4π counter. The radioactive substance on the film was then dissolved, and by the addition of carrier was converted to a form similar to that of sources usually used for absolute measurement. The correction determined for self-absorption was higher than the value expected from comparison with other radionuclides having near Eβmax. The correction for internal conversion coefficient and gamma efficiency of the beta detector was determined with 137mBa samples. Barium was separated as BaSO4 precipitate and deposited on a standard carrier film used for absolute measurement with a layer thickness of about 1 mg/cm2. These samples were simultaneously measured by means of a 4π beta proportional counter and a Nal(Tl) scintillation counter. From corresponding counting rates in both counters, and from both known efficiencies, the value for a correction appropriate to one disintegration of 137mBa was calculated. The values measured were used further for computation of the internal conversion coefficient and the half-life of 137'mBa, which was ascertained to be 155 ± 3 s. (author)