Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 304, Issue 3, pp 1235–1241 | Cite as

Assessment of radiation hazards a result of natural radioactivity in water from Abyan delta, Yemen

  • Emran Eisa Saleh
  • Abdallah Ibrahim Abd El-Mageed
  • Hany El-Gamal
  • Maher Taher Hussien


This paper presents the concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th and 40K measured in Groundwater collected from Abyan delta on Gulf of Aden in Yemen. Concentrations of radionuclides in samples were determined by gamma-ray spectrometer using HPGe detector with specially designed shield. The average activity concentrations were (1.71 ± 0.09 Bq l−1), (1.43 ± 0.05 Bq l−1) and (14.16 ± 0.45 Bq l−1) for 226Ra, 232Th and 40K, respectively. The annual effective doses mSv y−1 due to ingestion of 226Ra and 232Th for different age groups were also calculated. The results compared with the recommended value reported by World Health Organization.


Natural radioactivity Abian delta Ground water Annual effective dose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emran Eisa Saleh
    • 1
  • Abdallah Ibrahim Abd El-Mageed
    • 2
  • Hany El-Gamal
    • 2
  • Maher Taher Hussien
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Faculty of Education Toor El-BahaAden UniversityAdenYemen
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceAssiut UniversityAsyûtEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Physics, Faculty of Education YafeaAden UniversityAdenYemen

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