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Heavy Elements Concentrations, Physiochemical Characteristics and Natural Radionuclides Levels Along the Saudi Coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba

Heavy Elements Concentrations, Physiochemical Characteristics and Natural Radionuclides Levels Along the Saudi Coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba

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Title: Heavy Elements Concentrations, Physiochemical Characteristics and Natural Radionuclides Levels Along the Saudi Coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba
Author: AlTrabulsy, Hussain A.M.; Khater, Ashraf E.M.; Habbani, Farouq I.
Abstract: This paper represents the first work on the concentrations of heavy elements, physiochemical characteristics and activity levels of the naturally occurring radionuclides in the Saudi Arabian coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba. Concentrations of 19 heavy elements were measured, namely: Ag, Al, As, Ba, Be, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, V and Zn. The radioactivity levels of 238U, 232Th and 40K were estimated to be: 17± 1.7, 22.5± 3.7 and 649.6 ± 64.2 Bq kg 1, respectively. The measurements were carried out using inductively coupled plasmamass spectrometry (ICP-MS). In addition, physiochemical characteristics of 19 sediment samples (i.e., saturation percentage, pH, electrical conductivity, organic matter, cation exchange capacity and content of clay, silt and sand) have been determined. Indications for high correlation between most heavy elements are found. The correlation between heavy elements and the radionuclides 238U, 232Th and 40K was generally significant.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/17865
Date: 2015-12-20


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