CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN FISICA E INGENIERIA DEL CENTRO DE LA PROVINCIA DE BUENOS AIRES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Radiation impact assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides and magnetic mineral studies of Bharathapuzha river sediments, South India
N. KRISHNAMOORTHY; S. MULLAINATHAN; R. MEHRA; MARCOS A.E. CHAPARRO; MAURO A.E. CHAPARRO
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES
Año: 2014 vol. 71 p. 3593 - 3593
The natural radioactivity levels and magnetic measurements in sediment samples of Bharathapuzha river for the first time have been determined. Bottom sediments from 33 locations were collected to determine 226Ra, 232Th and 40K using a HPGe detector based on the high-resolution gamma spectrometry system, and magnetic susceptibility by using Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility meter. The calculated activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K have been found to vary from 21.21 to 66.03 Bq kg-1, 33.49 to 93.10 Bq kg-1 and 232.25 to 899.66 Bq kg-1, respectively. The results have been compared with worldwide recommended values and also with radioactivity measurements in river sediments of India and other parts of the world. The air-absorbed dose rate, indoor and outdoor annual effective dose rates and radiumequivalent activity are calculated with an aim to access the radiation hazards arising due to the use of these materials in the construction of buildings and their mean values obtained are 74.83 nGy h-1, 367.08 uSv y-1, 91.77 uSv y-1 and 157.09 Bq kg-1, respectively. The mass-specific magnetic susceptibility values ranged widely from 35.4 to 2,160.5 x10-8 m3 kg-1 and compared with other rivers in South India. Multivariate statistical analyses were performed todescribe the magnetic and radioactivity relevance of the different groups of samples. The data obtained in the present study may be useful for radiological and magnetic mapping of the study area in the future.