Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 270, Issue 1, pp 117–121 | Cite as

Iron Quadrangle, Brazil: Elemental concentration determined by k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis Part II: Kale samples

  • M. A. B. C. Menezes
  • H. E. L. Palmieri
  • L. V. Leonel
  • H. A. Nalini Jr
  • R. Jaćimović
Article

Summary

The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of mining activity on elemental concentrations in kale grown around a mining area. Two sites studied are in the Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil, considered one of the richest mineral-bearing regions in the world. One site is near mineral exploration activity and the other is an ecological area. A comparator site outside the Iron Quadrangle was also analyzed. This work focused on the determination of the elemental concentrations in kale applying the k0-instrumental neutron activation analysis. As the Brazilian legislation specifies values for soil only, the results for kale were compared to the literature values and it was found that the vegetable does not present any health risks.

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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. B. C. Menezes
    • 1
  • H. E. L. Palmieri
    • 2
  • L. V. Leonel
    • 3
  • H. A. Nalini Jr
    • 4
  • R. Jaćimović
    • 5
  1. 1.Nuclear Technology Development Center, Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy, CDTN/CNEN, Division for Reactor and Irradiation, Laboratory for Neutron Activation Analysis
  2. 2.Nuclear Technology Development Center, Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy, CDTN/CNEN, Division for Chemistry and Radiochemistry
  3. 3.Nuclear Technology Development Center, Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy, CDTN/CNEN, Division for Chemistry and Radiochemistry
  4. 4.Federal University of Ouro Preto, Geological Department
  5. 5.Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute

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