Assessment of Background Uranium Concentration in Groundwater Around a Proposed Mining Area

  • K. Brindha
  • L. Elango
  • R.N. Nair
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This study was carried out in and around a proposed mining area (Lambapur and Peddagattu) located in Andhra Pradesh, India with the aim of assessing the spatio-temporal variation and the impact of rainfall on uranium concentration in groundwater. The concentration of uranium in groundwater varied from 0.2 to 77.4 ppb. There was significant increase in uranium concentration in groundwater after rainfall which was due to the leaching of uranium ions present in the unsaturated zone along with rainwater. The reason for the presence of uranium in groundwater of this region is highly localized that depend on the lithology inherent to this region.


Groundwater Sample Granitic Rock Unsaturated Zone Uranium Concentration South Eastern Part 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Brindha
    • 1
  • L. Elango
    • 1
  • R.N. Nair
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeologyAnna UniversityChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Environmental Assessment DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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