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J Radiat Res. 2014 Nov;55(6):1075-80. doi: 10.1093/jrr/rru054. Epub 2014 Jul 29.

Natural and anthropogenic radioactivity levels and the associated radiation hazard in the soil of Oodalia Tea Estate in the hilly region of Fatickchari in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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1
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BGC Trust University Bangladesh, Chandanaish, Chittagong, Bangladesh nabsar05@yahoo.com.
2
Department of Physics, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
3
Radioactivity Testing and Monitoring Laboratory, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Radioactivity in the soil of a tea garden in the Fatickchari area in Chittagong, Bangladesh, was measured using a high-resolution HPGe detector. The soil samples were collected from depths of up to 20 cm beneath the soil surface. The activity concentrations of naturally occurring (238)U and (232)Th were observed to be in the range of 27 ± 7 to 53 ± 8 Bq kg(-1) and 36 ± 11 to 72 ± 11 Bq kg(-1), respectively. The activity concentration of (40)K ranged from 201 ± 78 to 672 ± 81 Bq kg(-1), and the highest activity of fallout (137)Cs observed was 10 ± 1 Bq kg(-1). The average activity concentration observed for (238)U was 39 ± 8 Bq kg(-1), for (232)Th was 57 ± 11 Bq kg(-1), for (40)K was 384 ± 79 Bq kg(-1) and for (137)Cs was 5 ± 0.5 Bq kg(-1). The radiological hazard parameters (representative level index, radium equivalent activity, outdoor and indoor dose rates, outdoor and indoor annual effective dose equivalents, and radiation hazard index) were calculated from the radioactivity in the soil.

KEYWORDS:

dose rate; high-purity germanium detector; radiation hazard; radioactivity; soil

PMID:
25078001
PMCID:
PMC4229919
DOI:
10.1093/jrr/rru054
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