Po-210 concentration in soil samples of Botswana

Murty, V R K and Rajashekara, K M and Prakash, V and Shetty, Pramod K (2008) Po-210 concentration in soil samples of Botswana. Botswana Journal of Technology, 17 (2). ISSN 1019-1593

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Botswana’s economy mainly depends on diamonds, which involves huge mining activity which in turn involves excavating huge amounts of soil. It is well known that soils do possess radioactivity. Due to this, it is important to assess the activity levels of radionuclides. This paper deals with the distribution and enrichment of 210Po in soil samples of Botswana. Soil samples were collected along the road strip (200 kms.) Gaborone-Lobatse-Kanye-Jwaneng and analysed for 210Po radionuclide using radiochemical analytical techniques. The activity of 210Po in surface soil varies from 2.5 Bq kg-1 to 18.6 Bq kg-1 with a mean value of 7.0 Bq kg-1. The results obtained are compared with the literature values reported for other environs and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural Radioactivity; soils; ENORM
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Physics
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2013 06:28
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2013 06:28
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137187

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