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Abstract  

In order to establish baseline information for current and future mining operations, water samples from the Colorado River and its tributaries have been analyzed for Ra-226 and uranium isotopes. Ra-226 was separated by coprecipitation on BaSO4 followed by alpha spectrometry. Ba-133 was used as a tracer for yield determination. Uranium was separated by a combination of BaSO4 precipitation and solvent extraction followed by coprecipitation on CeF3 for alpha spectrometry.Results indicate that radium and uranium levels in the Colorado River and its tributaries, except the Little Colorado River, are below the EPA specifications [1] for drinking water of 185 mBq/liter (5 pCi/1) for Ra-226 and 433 mBq/liter (11.7 pCi/1) for U-238. However, the specific sources for elevated uranium and Ra-226 concentrations in the Little Colorado River should be identified, and the potential impacts from leaching of the naturally exposed mineralization inside the Grand Canyon should be investigated.

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  • Impact Factor (2019): 1.137
  • Scimago Journal Rank (2019): 0.360
  • SJR Hirsch-Index (2019): 65
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Analytical Chemistry
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q2 Nuclear Energy and Engineering
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  • Impact Factor (2018): 1.186
  • Scimago Journal Rank (2018): 0.408
  • SJR Hirsch-Index (2018): 60
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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
4
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)