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Spatial Distribution of U Isotopes in Sea-Water Sediments, Red Sea, Egypt

Author(s): SalahelDin K, Vesterbacka P

Abstract

Isotopes of uranium in the sea-water sediments collected from two different areas (El Hamraween harbour and Ras El Behar) on the Egyptian coast of the red sea have been studied using radiochemical separation procedures and alpha-particle spectrometry. Activity concentrations of 238U, 235U, 234U were calculated. The activities observed indicated enhanced radioactivity levels in sea-water sediments of El Hamraween harbour area due to the activities of phosphate shipment operation. Secular equilibrium between 234U and 238U was found in the analyzed samples. The average activity ratio of 235U/238U was close to the value 0.046 for uranium in nature.

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