Natural radionuclide distribution in quartzite sands of East Mediterranean Region (Turkey)


Aykamis A. S. , KILIÇ A. M.

BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, vol.70, no.2, pp.317-321, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 70 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10064-010-0319-6
  • Title of Journal : BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Page Numbers: pp.317-321

Abstract

The study examined 15 sites in the Ovacik-Kargicak (Mersin, Turkey) open pit mines and obtained two quartzite samples from each. Gamma-ray spectrometric measurements were undertaken on the quartzite rocks and sands to quantify the concentrations of the natural radionuclides Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40. In addition, the mean radioactivity concentrations of these natural nuclides were calculated to be 6.94, 7.34 and 140.05 Bqkg(-1). Also the mean radioactivity concentrations of the natural nuclides in old Ovacik quartzite sands Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40 were calculated to be 9.85, 10.54, and 226.40 Bqkg(-1), respectively.