Distribution and sources of 226Ra in groundwater of arid region

M. J. Zheng, A. Murad, X. D. Zhou, P. Yi, D. Alshamsi, S. Hussein, L. Chen, X. L. 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
Pages (from-to)667-675
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Groundwater
  • Health hazard
  • Ra
  • Radioactivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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