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International Journal of Physics. 2016, 4(2), 32-36
DOI: 10.12691/ijp-4-2-2
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Assessment of Natural Radioactivity of Soil Sample in Selected Locations of Basrah Governorate

Wejood. Tuama Saadon1, Abdul R. H. Subber2, and Hussain. A. Hussain1

1Department of Physics College of Science, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq

2Department of Physics College of Education for Pure Sciences, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq

Pub. Date: March 04, 2016

Cite this paper:
Wejood. Tuama Saadon, Abdul R. H. Subber and Hussain. A. Hussain. Assessment of Natural Radioactivity of Soil Sample in Selected Locations of Basrah Governorate. International Journal of Physics. 2016; 4(2):32-36. doi: 10.12691/ijp-4-2-2


The concentration levels of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil have a great concern in the recent decades, due to its effect on the human health. The radioactivity of some soil samples taken from selected locations in Basrah Governorate have been measured using a NaI(Tl) detector based on gamma ray spectroscopy. Radium equivalent activity, external and internal hazard indices associated with the natural radionuclide were calculated to assess the radiation hazard of the natural radioactivity on the occupiers. The present investigation shows that the level of natural radioactivity for 232Th and 40K in such soil is well below the acceptable limits, while 226Ra is higher. From the analysing the results, it was found that soil in the area does not possess any health hazard to the inhabitant.

natural radioactivity Basrah Governorate NaI(Tl) detector Radium equivalent activity

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