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Gross Alpha and Gross Beta Activity Concentrations in Dust Fraction of Urban Surface Deposited Sediment in Russian Cities

Version 1 : Received: 1 April 2021 / Approved: 5 April 2021 / Online: 5 April 2021 (13:00:40 CEST)

How to cite: Hanfi, M.Y.; Seleznev, A.A.; Yarmoshenko, I. Gross Alpha and Gross Beta Activity Concentrations in Dust Fraction of Urban Surface Deposited Sediment in Russian Cities. Preprints 2021, 2021040137 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0137.v1). Hanfi, M.Y.; Seleznev, A.A.; Yarmoshenko, I. Gross Alpha and Gross Beta Activity Concentrations in Dust Fraction of Urban Surface Deposited Sediment in Russian Cities. Preprints 2021, 2021040137 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0137.v1).

Abstract

Study of gross alpha (GA) and gross beta (GB) activity in road and surface deposited sediments were performed in various geographical areas in three Russian cities. To perform radiation measurements, new methods were applied which allow dealing with low mass and low volume dust size (2-100μm) samples obtained after the size fractionation procedure. The 2-10 μm fraction size has the highest gross beta activity concentration (GB)– 1.32Bq/g in Nizhny Novgorod (NN) and Rostov-On-Don (RND) while the 50-100 μm fraction size in Ekaterinburg. This is maybe associated with the subsistence of radionuclides that conveyed through natural processes and anthropogenic applications. The highest gross alpha activity concentration (GA) in fraction sizes was found in Rostov-on-Don city within the 50-100 μm– 0.22Bq/g. The fraction size 50-100 μmhas a higher gross alpha activity concentration than 2-10 and 10-50 μmfraction sizes due to natural partitioning of the main minerals constituting the urban surface deposited sediment (USDS). The geochemical processes that occur during the formation and transportation of USDS are reflected in the observed dependencies.Developed experimental methods of radiation measurements allowed to the extent the methodological base of urban geochemical studies.

Subject Areas

urban surface deposited sediments (USDS); gross alpha activity (GA); gross beta activity (GB); dust

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