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Uranium series disequilibria in ground waters from a fractured bedrock aquifer (Morungaba Granitoids—Southern Brazil): Implications to the hydrochemical behavior of dissolved U and Ra

Elsevier Ltd
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DOI: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2008.04.003
  • Uranium
  • Radium
  • Ground Waters
  • Alpha Spectrometry
  • Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
  • Fractured Aquifers


Abstract Activity concentrations of dissolved 234U, 238U, 226Ra and 228Ra were determined in ground waters from two deep wells drilled in Morungaba Granitoids (Southern Brazil). Sampling was done monthly for little longer than 1 year. Significant disequilibrium between 238U, 234U and 226Ra were observed in all samples. The variation of 238U and 234U activity concentrations and 234U/ 238U activity ratios is related to seasonal changes. Although the distance between the two wells is short (about 900 m), systematic differences of activity concentrations of U isotopes, as well as of 234U/ 238U, 226Ra/ 234U and 228Ra/ 226Ra activity ratios were noticed, indicating distinct host rock–water interactions. Slightly acidic ground water percolation through heterogeneous host rock, associated with different recharge processes, may explain uranium and radium isotope behavior.

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