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Background Radiation in some Quarries and Quarry Lakes in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam

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Operation of some quarries can release radioactive materials from the deep soil to other environments that potentially impact human health. The present study investigated concentrations of radon and other radionuclides in surface soil, air, and water around two quarries in the south of Vietnam. Indoor radon concentrations ranged between 6.19 Bq m-3 and 20.6 Bq m-3. In surface soil, the average concentrations of 40K, 226Ra, and 232Th were 387, 36.5, and 44.5 Bq kg− 1, respectively. In surface soil, the average values of radioactivity found for 40K, 226Ra, 238U, and 232Th were 2.65, 1.23, 1.12, and 1.22 mBq l-1, respectively. The results show that the radioactive levels in the quarry region are found higher than in the nearby area. However, these levels are not enough for a recommendation for public health.

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This research is funded by Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) under grant number VL2020-18-03.

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All authors contributed to the experiments and the preparation of the manuscript. Huynh TYH and Truong HNT carried out the analysis of radionuclides in the environmental samples; Nguyen VT and Huynh NPT were responsible for sample collection and preparing the manuscript; Le CH and Huynh TP was responsible for language editing and response to the reviewers.

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Nguyen, V.T., Huynh, N.P.T., Hong, H.T.Y. et al. Background Radiation in some Quarries and Quarry Lakes in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 331, 4169–4177 (2022).

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