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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 104, Issue 1

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Uptake of uranium, thorium and radium isotopes by plants growing in dam impoundment Tasotkel and the Lower Shu region (Kazakhstan)

Ilona Matveyeva
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  • Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, av. al-Farabi, 71, 050040, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Published Online: 2015-11-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ract-2015-2457

Abstract

The activity concentrations of isotopes of uranium, thorium and radium-226 in dominant species of plants (Xantium strumarium, Phragmites communis, Artemisia nitrosa and Artemisia serotina) growing on the territories contaminated by uranium industry of Kazakhstan (close to dam impoundment Tasotkel and the Lower Shu region) are presented. The obtained data showed the significant variations of activity concentrations of isotopes of uranium, thorium and radium-226 in above ground parts. The concentrations of most of the investigated radionuclides in the root system are higher than in the aboveground parts; it can be explained by root barrier. It was found that the highest root barrier has Xantium strumarium, especially for uranium isotopes. The concentration ratios of radionuclides were calculated, and as the result it was found that the highest accumulation ability in the investigated region has Artemisia serotina.

Keywords: Uranium industry; dam impoundment Tasotkel; the Lower Shu; concentration ratio; root barrier coefficient

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Accepted: 2015-08-31

Received: 2015-06-16

Published Online: 2015-11-04

Published in Print: 2016-01-28


Citation Information: Radiochimica Acta, Volume 104, Issue 1, Pages 51–57, ISSN (Online) 2193-3405, ISSN (Print) 0033-8230, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ract-2015-2457.

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