Evaluation of gross-α, gross-β, U, Th and K values in groundwater and related health hazards: a case study, Arıklı mineralization area and its surroundings, Ayvacık, Çanakkale, Turkey

Örgün Tutay Y., Erarslan C., Top G., Karacık Z., DEMİROĞLU M.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, vol.331, no.1, pp.65-78, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 331 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10967-021-08097-w
  • Journal Name: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Analytical Abstracts, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, EMBASE, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-78
  • Keywords: Annual effective dose, Drinking water, Gross-α and -β, Groundwater, Uranium mineralization
  • Hakkari University Affiliated: Yes


Variation of natural radioactivity level in the ground waters in the Arıklı uranium mineralization area, were investigated together with gross-α, gross-β, U, Th, K, EC and pH values. The U, Th and K values, which are mainly controlled by the geological features, varied over a wide range from 0.29 to 31.29 µg/L, 0.01–0.27 μg/L and from 0.44 to 37.29 mg/L, respectively. Although the U values of some water samples are higher than the WHO safe limits (15 ppb), all values of the gross-α and -β activity values and annual effective dose rates are lower than the drinking water safety limits of WHO (0.5 Bq/L, 1.0 Bq/L and 0.1 mSv/y, respectively).