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Title: Depth distribution of selected geogenic radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 232Th) and anthropogenic 137Cs in an undisturbed forest soil in East Slovenia
Authors: Mabit, Lionel
Dornhofer, Patcharin
Martin, Paul
Toloza, Arsenio
Zupanc, Vesna
Keywords: 137Cs;40K;226Ra;232Th;Radium equivalent activity;External gamma dose rate;Radionuclides
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: To reinforce Slovenian radioecological survey information, 20 soil profiles divided into four depth increments of 10 cm were collected in an undisturbed forest in east Slovenia (46°44¢N, 16°7¢E) to establish the natural (40K, 226Ra and 232Th) and anthropogenic (137Cs) level of radioactivity. Using gamma spectrometry and depending on the depth increment, the average activity concentration of radionuclides ranged from 0.5 to 70 Bq kg-1 for 137Cs, from 535 to 703 Bq kg-1 for 40K, from 49 to 52 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra and from 54 to 62 Bq kg-1 for 232Th. Based on top soil data (0-10 cm), the radium equivalent activity (Raeq) is 167 ± 7 Bq kg-1, while absorbed dose rate (D) due to external gamma radiation of 79 ± 3 nGy h-1 is higher than the world population-weighted average, reported as 58 nGy h-1 by UNSCEAR.
Page(s): 45-48
ISSN: 0975-1041 (Online); 0019-5596 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJPAP Vol.50(01) [January 2012]

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