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Author: Manjón Collado, Guillermo
Mantero Cabrera, Juan
Vioque Romero, Ignacio
Díaz Francés, Inmaculada
Galván Moreno, José Antonio
Chakiri, Said
Choukri, Abdelmajid
García Tenorio, Rafael
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Aplicada II
Centro Nacional de Aceleradores
Date: 2019
Published in: Journal of Sustainable Mining, 18 (1), 45-51.
Document type: Article
Abstract: The main aim of this work was to determine the levels of multiple natural radionuclides in an aquatic system (Moulouya river, Morocco) impacted by multiple abandoned Zinc and Lead mines. 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th and 210Po were determined by alpha-particlespectrometry in water and sediment samples collected along the river and in samples from three pit lakes of abandoned mines, located in the Upper Moulouya catchment area. The results enabled the analysis of the different levels of impact of former mining activities, depending on the natural radionuclides. While the activity concentrationof U-isotopes in Moulouya river water was slightly elevated in the vicinity of abandoned mine wastes, other natural radionuclides (Th-isotopes and 210Po) levels were typical of a natural environment. This fact is clearly reflected in the magnitude and range observed in the distribution coefficients for the different radionuclides analyzed.
Cite: Manjón Collado, G., Mantero Cabrera, J., Vioque Romero, I., Díaz Francés, I., Galván Moreno, J.A., Chakiri, S.,...,García Tenorio, R. (2019). Natural radionuclides (NORM) in a Moroccan river affected by former conventional metal mining activities. Journal of Sustainable Mining, 18 (1), 45-51.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/85592

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsm.2019.02.003

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