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Levels of natural radioactivity in mineral and thermal waters of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amela Kasić
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  • Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tuzla, 75000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tel.: +38735 320 881, Fax: +38735 320 861
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Published Online: 2015-08-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nuka-2015-0062

Abstract

With gamma spectrometric method 23 samples of mineral and thermal waters of Bosnia and Herzegovina were analyzed. Activity concentrations of the investigated radionuclides were in the range 12–346 mBq·L−1 for 40K, 1.1–791 mBq·L−1 for 226Ra, 0.2–221 mBq·L−1 for 228Ra, 13–367 mBq·L−1 for 238U, and 0.6–17 mBq·L−1 for 235U. For all investigated radionuclides annual effective dose was estimated. The estimated total annual committed effective dose received by population as a result of ingestion of water was in the range 0.11–2.51 μSv·y−1 for thermal water and in the range 0.11–38.8 μSv·y−1 for mineral water. Measurement of activity concentrations of natural radionuclides in the examined samples was carried out with a gamma-spectrometer with high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector, having a relative efficiency of 70%.

Keywords: gamma spectrometry; natural radioactivity; mineral water; thermal water; groundwater uranium; radium

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About the article

Received: 2014-09-03

Accepted: 2015-05-20

Published Online: 2015-08-06

Published in Print: 2015-07-01


Citation Information: Nukleonika, ISSN (Online) 0029-5922, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nuka-2015-0062.

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