Radioactivity levels in surface water of lakes around Izmir/Turkey

Sema Akyil*, Sule Aytas, D. A. Turkozu, Mahmoud A.A. Aslani, Sabriye (Doyurum) Yusan, Meral Eral

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The aim of this study is to determine the radioactivity levels as a baseline for further studies and to obtain the distribution patterns of radioactivity in lake surface water around Izmir/Turkey. In this study, surface water samples were collected from three lakes around Izmir-Turkey. Surface water samples were analyzed for pH, mV conductivity and alkalinity content. The gross alpha/beta and uranium concentrations were investigated in the collected lake water samples. Mean gross alpha and gross beta activity concentrations in the surface water were found to be between (0.03 and 2.62) Bq l-1 for Karagol Lake, (0.75 and 2.35) Bq l-1 for Golcuk Lake, (0.03 and 1.77) Bq l-1 for Cakalbogaz Lake, respectively. Uranium concentration varied between (0.05 and 900) μg l-1 for Karagol Lake, (0.05 and 0.95) μg l-1 for Golcuk Lake and (3.33 and 10) μg l-1 for Cakalbogaz Lake. Radioactivity contour maps were produced and their data were evaluated statistically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-395
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


This project was supported by Ege University Scientific Research Project Unit Project No. 2004 NBE 005.

FundersFunder number
Ege Üniversitesi2004 NBE 005


    • Gross alpha
    • Gross beta
    • Lake
    • Radioactivity
    • Uranium


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