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The activity concentrations of 222Rn and corresponding health risk in groundwater samples from basement and sandstone aquifer, the correlation to physicochemical parameters

Abdurabu, W. A. and Ramli, A. T. and Saleh, M. A. and Heryansyah, A. (2016) The activity concentrations of 222Rn and corresponding health risk in groundwater samples from basement and sandstone aquifer, the correlation to physicochemical parameters. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 127 . pp. 34-41. ISSN 0969-806X

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Abstract

This study aims to evaluate the activity concentrations of 222Rn and to assess the corresponding health risk in groundwater samples obtained in Juban District, Ad Dali' Governorate, Yemen. The measurements were performed by RAD 7 radon detector manufactured by DURRIDGE COMPANY Inc. The activity concentrations of 222Rn ranged from 1.0±0.2 Bq l-1 to 896.0±0.8 Bq l-1. 57% of the groundwater samples were above the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recommended value for Rn in water. Induced coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine the concentrations of uranium in groundwater samples. The measured concentration of U ranged from 0.33±0.01 μg l-1 to 24.6±0.6 μg l-1. The results were comparable to internationally recommended values. The highest concentration of U and 222Rn were found to be in the basement aquifer, while the lowest concentrations of both radionuclides were in the sandstone aquifer. High concentrations of Rn are found along fault zones. The relationship between the activity concentration of 222Rn, concentration of U and physicochemical parameters were investigated. The results showed a very strong relationship between activity concentrations of 222Rn with concentrations of U and the salinity of water.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aquifers, Buildings, Environmental Protection Agency, Groundwater, Health, Health risks, Mass spectrometry, Risk assessment, Sandstone, Uranium, Activity concentration, Basement aquifer, Human health impacts, Induced coupled plasmas, Physicochemical parameters, Recommended values, Sandstone aquifer, US Environmental Protection Agency, Groundwater resources, ground water, radon 222, uranium, aquifer, Article, concentration (parameters), controlled study, effective dose (radiation), environmental radioactivity, health hazard, mass spectrometry, physical chemistry, salinity, water analysis, water sampling, Yemen
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions:Science
ID Code:72010
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:26 Nov 2017 11:37
Last Modified:26 Nov 2017 11:37

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