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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-29

Distribution of natural uranium in groundwater around Kudankulam

Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
B S Selvi
Environment Survey Laboratory, Health Physics Division, Koodankulam Nuclear Project, Kudankulam, Radhapuram, Tamil Nadu - 627 106
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.185164

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A systematic study was carried out to estimate the uranium concentration in the ground water around Kudankulam in Southern Tamil Nadu. The uranium concentration in ground water varies from 0.2 to 6.6 μg/l, with a mean value of 2.0 μg/l. The Quantalase uranium analyzer was used to measure the uranium concentration. These groundwater samples were analyzed for the water quality parameters such as pH, conductance, total dissolved solids (TDS), salinity, chloride, and sulfate. An attempt has been made to correlate the uranium concentration with the water quality parameters. It is observed that conductance, TDS, salinity, chloride, and sulfate show positive correlation with uranium concentration.

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