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  • 1 Universidad de Sevilla Facultad de Física Apdo. 1065 41 080 Sevilla (Spain)
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Abstract  

Concentrations of U- and Ra-isotopes in rainwater samples taken in the South Spanish atmospheric environment during the years 1986, 1987 and 1988 are presented. Such data have been obtained by applying a simple method for the simultaneous determination of such radionuclides from the same rainwater sample. Ra is firstly coprecipitated as Ba–Ra sulfate. Then two alternatives can be used for U analysis: a coprecipitation of U with Fe, followed by a selective redissolution of the precipitate with ammonium carbonate, or a solvent extraction technique by using tributyl phosphate. Levels of 0.99 to 1.81 g/l, 3.4 to 17.9 mBq/l and 0.5 to 5.5 mBq/l, respectively for U,226Ra and224Ra are found during the studied time period. The dependence of such concentration variability on meteorological parameters is discussed.