An assessment of the natural radioactivity distribution and radiation hazard in soil samples from Qatar using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry

Huda Al-Sulaiti, K. S. Al Mugren, D. A. Bradley, P. H. Regan, T. Santawamaitre, D. Malain, A. Habib, Tabassum Nasir, N. Alkhomashi, N. Al-Dahan, M. Al-Dosari, S. Bukhari

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Abstract

We establish baseline measurements for radioactivity concentration in the soil samples collected from the Qatarian peninsula. The work focused on the naturally occurring and technically enhanced levels of radiation associated with 235,8U and 232Th natural decay chains and the long-lived naturally occurring radionuclide 40K in 129 soil samples collected across the landscape of the State of Qatar. Three radiological distribution maps showing the activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were constructed. Two soil samples were found to be elevated to the favour of 226Ra concentration and significantly above the average and global values. Notably, these samples were collected from an area within an oil field (NW Dukhan). The mean values of activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K for the full cohort of samples were found to be 17.2±1.6, 6.38±0.26 and 169±5 Bq/kg, respectively. These values lie within the expected range relative to the world average values in soil samples of 30, 35 and 400 Bq/kg, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-136
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Volume140
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • Ra
  • U
  • K
  • Activity concentrations
  • Gamma spectrometry
  • HPGe detector
  • Natural radioactivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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Al-Sulaiti, H., Al Mugren, K. S., Bradley, D. A., Regan, P. H., Santawamaitre, T., Malain, D., Habib, A., Nasir, T., Alkhomashi, N., Al-Dahan, N., Al-Dosari, M., & Bukhari, S. (2017). An assessment of the natural radioactivity distribution and radiation hazard in soil samples from Qatar using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 140, 132-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2017.05.001