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Natural and anthropogenic radioactivity in the environment of mountain region of Serbia

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Abstract

The activity concentrations of 40K, 238U, 232Th and 137Cs have been measured using a gamma spectrometric method in different samples from the environment of two mountains in Serbia (altitude 1000–1100 m), during the period 2002–2007. The mountains Maljen and Tara (popular tourist destinations) are near Belgrade. On mountain Maljen, samples were taken at 4 different altitudes (200 m, 650 m, 1000 m and 1100 m), and on mountain Tara at altitudes of 1000 m and 1100 m. On mountain Maljen it was found that the level of 137Cs activity increased with altitude in samples of soil, grass, hay and cow, sheep and goat milk. On the contrary, 40K activity decreased with altitude in samples of soil, grass and hay. The highest activity concentrations of 137Cs were found in bioindicators: sheep meat, venison, wild boar meat, moss and mushrooms. These results indicate that 137Cs is present in mountain region of Serbia even 20 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Deposition of 137Cs was almost two times higher on the Maljen mountain compared to Tara mountain. An average annual dose arising from 137Cs was 7.4 µSv due to ingestion of cow milk and 6.3 µSv due to ingestion of mushrooms at the Maljen mountain.

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The article was received on 29 Jul 2008, accepted on 27 Oct 2008 and first published on 28 Nov 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B813102C
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2009,11, 383-388
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    Natural and anthropogenic radioactivity in the environment of mountain region of Serbia

    B. Mitrović, G. Vitorović, D. Vitorović, G. Pantelić and I. Adamović, J. Environ. Monit., 2009, 11, 383
    DOI: 10.1039/B813102C

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