Application of zeolitic rocks in the environment: assessment of radiation due to natural radioactivity

  • A. Kalaitzis
  • S. StoulosEmail author
  • V. Melfos
  • N. Kantiranis
  • A. Filippidis


The 238U, 226Ra, 210Pb, 228Ra, 228Th and 40K concentrations have been measured beside to radon emanation factor due to sample granulometric using γ-spectrometry. The radiological hazards of zeolitic rocks application in the environment as soil improvements, diet supplements and building materials have been studied. No γ-radiation hazards occur for soil improvements since up to 0.13 mSv year−1 estimate. No radiation hazards arise for diet supplements since 0.21 μSv day−1 g−1 of zeolite intake is estimated. Instead, the application as cement and bricks give external annual effective dose up to 1.19 mSv, while the internal radiation rises to 3.45 mSv.


Zeolitic rock Natural radioactivity Radon emanation Radiation exposure 



The corresponding author would like to express his gratitude to Dr. Tony Lőfqvist (Mark och Miljökontroll AB, Billdal, Sweden) for his constrictive comments and suggestions during the workshop IWEANR 2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear and Elementary Particles Physics, School of PhysicsAUTHThessaloníkiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology, School of GeologyAUTHThessaloníkiGreece

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