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|Title:||Measurement of activity concentration levels of radionuclides in soil samples collected from Bethlehem Province, West Bank, Palestine|
|Keywords:||activity concentrations, soil samples, Bethlehem|
|Publisher:||Turkish Journal of Engineering and Environmental Sciences|
|Abstract:||In this study, we report on the activity concentrations of U, Th, K, and Cs in 50 soil samples of Bethlehem Province, West Bank, Palestine. Gamma-ray spectroscopy was employed to perform the measurements using an HPGe detector. On one hand, the activity concentrations of natural radionuclides were found to vary from 12.7 to 122.3 Bq kg with an average value of 41.4 Bq kg for U, from 2.0 to 32.2 Bq kg with an average value of 19.5 Bq kg for Th, and from 12.0 to 183.8 Bq kg with an average value of 113.3 Bq kg for K. On the other hand, the activity concentrations of the artificial Cs radionuclide were found between 1.0 and 12.2 Bq kg , with an average value of 2.8 Bq kg . The variations of the assessed radiological hazard parameters indices , , , and of natural radionuclides were found to be as follows: 16-148, 7-65, 0.04-0.4, and 0.11-1.00, respectively. The results were found to be comparable to or lower than similar reported data worldwide. Accordingly, the investigated soil zones can be considered to have normal levels of natural background radiation.|
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