The Status of Natural Radioactivity and Heavy Metals Pollution on Marine Sediments Red Sea Coast, At Safaga, Egypt

  • M.A.M. Uosif Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assuit branch, Egypt
  • Shams Issa Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assuit branch, Egypt; Faculty of Science, Tabok University, Tabok, Saudi Arabia
  • Hesham M.H. Zakaly Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assuit branch, Egypt
  • Madkaur Hashim National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Hurghada, Egypt
  • Mahmoud Tamam Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assuit branch, Egypt
Keywords: radiation hazard, radionuclides, natural radioactivity, Heavy metals, Safaga, Red Sea, Egypt, marine sediments

Abstract

Natural 226Ra, 232Th and 40K radio nuclides concentration in beach Sediments along Safaga coast of Red sea, Egypt has been carried out using a NaI (Tl) gamma ray spectrometric technique. The total average concentrations of radionuclides ± uncertainty of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were 22.2 ± 1.7, 19.2 ± 2.5, and 477.6 ± 27.6 Bqkg-1, respectively. The total average absorbed dose rate is found to be 41.4 nGyh-1, whereas the annual effective dose rate has an average value of 54 μSvy-1. The total organic matter (TOC), carbonates (CaCo3) and Heavy metals distribution have been measured at some locations, the concentration for the investigated heavy metals overtake the allowable limits recommended by the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines, this assigned to the ratio of metals pollution is caused by anthropogenic activities (phosphate shipment as in Abu Tartour harbor and navigation as in Touristic harbor) and or by natural impacts such in mangrove interment. Statistical analyses were carried out between the parameters obtained from the radioactivity to know the existing relations and to study the spatial distribution of radionuclide.

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2016-02-08
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M.A.M. Uosif, Shams Issa, Hesham M.H. Zakaly, Madkaur Hashim, & Mahmoud Tamam. (2016). The Status of Natural Radioactivity and Heavy Metals Pollution on Marine Sediments Red Sea Coast, At Safaga, Egypt. Journal of Nuclear Physics, Material Sciences, Radiation and Applications, 3(2), 191-222. https://doi.org/10.15415/jnp.2016.32020
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