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Natural radioactivity in the beach sand and soil along the coastline of Guangxi Province, China
- Liu, Xinming, Lin, Wuhui
- Marine pollution bulletin 2018 v.135 pp. 446-450
- coasts, coral reefs, databases, ecosystems, mangroves, particle size, radioactivity, radium, sand, seagrasses, soil, water pollution, China
- Natural radioactivity in the beach sand and soil was measured and evaluated in typical ecosystems of mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs along the coastline of Guangxi Province, China. Radioactivity in the soil was about three times higher than that in the beach sand probably due to the distinct mineral components and particle sizes. A comparison with natural radioactivity levels in the global beach sands indicated that the beach sand of Guangxi had the lowest radioactivity. Radiological parameters including radium equivalent activity (Raeq), external and internal hazard indices (Hex and Hin), representative gamma level index (Iγr), absorbed gamma dose rate (DR), and annual effective dose equivalent (AEDE) were lower than the recommended values. Our results provide baseline data on radioactivity in the beach sand and soil along the coastline of Guangxi and contribute to the database of radioactivity in the global beach sand.