Specific activity and hazards of granite samples collected from the Eastern Desert of Egypt

Arafa, Wafaa,


Fifty granitic rock samples were collected from different plutons in the central part of the Eastern Desert of Egypt and were analyzed for specific concentrations of238U,232Th and40K radionuclei. The measurements were carried out using a high performance and stability Nomad Plus spectroscopy system attached to a 1.7 keV (FWHM) HPGe detector. The spectra were analyzed using the direct gamma counting comparison method as well as the traditional absolute efficiency curve method. The highest average value of238U concentration (1184 Bq kg-1) was observed at EI Misikat region whereas the highest average values of40K and232Th concentration (2301.8 and 162.5 Bq kg-1respectively), were detected at Gabal Homret Waggat area. The radium equivalent activity (Raeq), the absorbed dose rate (D), the external hazard index (Hex) and the annual gonadal dose equivalent were also calculated and compared to the international recommended values. Radon exhalation rate from the rock samples were measured using the activated charcoal canister method. The average value of radon exhalation varies from 0.052 to 0.69 Bq m-2h-1and depends on the specific concentration of uranium. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Title Specific activity and hazards of granite samples collected from the Eastern Desert of Egypt
Authors Arafa, Wafaa 
Issue Date 2004
Journal Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 
PubMed ID 75
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-2942577628

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