Distribution and sources of 226Rain groundwater of arid region

M. J. Zheng, A. Murad, X. D. Zhou, P. Yi, D. Alshamsi, S. Hussein, Leifeng Chen, Xiaolin Hou, A. Aldahan, Z. B. Yu

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    As a part of characterizing radioactivity in groundwater of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, a first systematic evaluation of 226Ra activity in groundwater indicates a wide range (0.65-203.66 mBq L-1) with average of 17.56 mBq L-1. Adsorption/desorption process, groundwater residence time and uranium concentration are the main controlling factors of 226Ra distribution in groundwater of the different aquifers. Estimation of 226Ra effective dose from water ingestion suggests potential risk of drinking water from the carbonate aquifer.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)667-675
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Ra-226
    • Groundwater
    • Radioactivity
    • Health hazard


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