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Radiochimica Acta

International Journal for chemical aspects of nuclear science and technology

Editor-in-Chief: Qaim, Syed M.

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Volume 98, Issue 4


Comparison of two sequential extraction protocols for fractionation of natural radionuclides in soil samples

Marko Strok / Borut Smodis
Published Online: 2010-04-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.2010.1710


Revised BCR (Bureau Communautaire de Référence) and the Schultz modification of Tessier´s sequential extraction protocols are compared for fractionation of uranium, thorium and radium in soil samples. Six soil samples were collected near to the uranium mill tailings waste pile and some of them had enhanced levels of natural radionuclides. The samples were processed by both protocols and the radionuclide content assayed by alpha spectrometric determination. The analysis revealed that results obtained by the two protocols are not fully comparable as data are mostly protocol- and element-dependent. Nevertheless, general conclusions about potential source of the particular radionuclide, which could be drawn from the specific study carried out, are mostly similar for both protocols.

Keywords: Sequential extraction; Natural radionuclides; Uranium; Thorium; Radium

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* Correspondence address: Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slowenien

Published Online: 2010-04-16

Published in Print: 2010-04-01

Citation Information: Radiochimica Acta International journal for chemical aspects of nuclear science and technology, Volume 98, Issue 4, Pages 221–229, ISSN (Print) 0033-8230, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.2010.1710.

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