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dc.contributor.author Amwaalanga, Maria N.
dc.contributor.author Onjefu, Sylvanus A.
dc.contributor.author Zivuku, Munyaradzi
dc.contributor.author Hamunyela, Roswita H.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-01T06:04:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-01T06:04:58Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Amwaalanga, M. A., et al. (2019). Assessment of natural radioactivity levels and radiation hazards in shore sediments from the Zambezi River, Namibia. International Science and Technology Journal of Namibia, 13, 75-83. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2620
dc.description.abstract In this study, the radioactivity concentrations and the potential health hazards of primordial radionuclides; 238U, 232Th and 40K were measured using a gamma ray spectrometer in 30 soil samples collected from the Zambezi River, Namibia. The average activity concentrations for 238U, 232Th and 40K was found to be 18.91 Bq/kg, 15.58 Bq/kg and 79.17 Bq/kg respectively. The activity concentrations of the measured radionuclides were used to calculate the radiological hazards in soil samples i.e. absorbed dose rate, annual effective dose equivalent, radium equivalent activity and hazard indices (Hex and Hin). From the values obtained, all the radiological hazard parameters were within the world acceptable average values. However, the mean annual effective outdoor and indoor dose equivalent was found to be 0.26 mSv/y and 1.05 mSv/y, respectively, which both exceed the recommended world average United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) values of 0.07 mSv/y for outdoor and 0.45 mSv/y for indoor. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Radioactivity en_US
dc.subject Gamma ray en_US
dc.subject Zambezi river en_US
dc.title Assessment of natural radioactivity levels and radiation hazards in shore sediments from the Zambezi River, Namibia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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