9-13 July 2012
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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A study of the relationship between the concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides in various locations in the Western Cape

Presented by Dr. Jacques BEZUIDENHOUT on 10 Jul 2012 from 17:30 to 19:30
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session
Track: Track B - Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics

Abstract

Potassium, thorium and uranium are naturally occurring radionuclides of primordial origin. The characteristic concentrations of these radionuclides can be utilized as indicators in geological exploration. Potassium is by far the most abundant and consequently exhibit high levels of fluctuations, while thorium and uranium illustrated smaller concentrations and fluctuations. This article investigates the general relationship between the concentrations of these nuclides in various natural settings. Samples were collected from diverse locations around the Western Cape and laboratory gamma ray spectra for each were obtained and analysed. The concentrations were extracted and compared and distinctive relationships between the concentrations of these nuclides are demonstrated and discussed.

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