Journal Article ESTIMATION OF RADON EMANATION COEFFICIENT FOR REPRESENTATIVE SOILS IN OKINAWA, JAPAN

Shiroma, Y.  ,  Hosoda, M.  ,  Ishikawa, T.  ,  Sahoo, S.K.  ,  Tokonami, S.  ,  Furukawa, M.

167 ( 1-3 )  , pp.147 - 150 , 2015-11 , Oxford University Press
ISSN:0144-8420
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Radon (222Rn) emanation coefficients for the representative soils distributed in Okinawa Island, Japan, have been estimated empirically. Arithmetic means of the emanation coefficients for dry and moist conditions were calculated to be 0.19 and 0.29, respectively. In Okinawa, the soils are traditionally classified into three types, namely the dark red soils, the residual regosols and the red and yellow soils. The dark red soils have relatively high coefficients. The residual regosols and the red and yellow soils have relatively low coefficients. To investigate the variable factor of the emanation coefficients, analyses of radioactive elements and physical properties have also been performed on the soils. For the dark red soils, the contents of the fine particle and the 226Ra are relatively higher than those for the other soils. Based on these results, it is suggested that the variation in the radon emanation coefficient is mainly regulated by the 226Ra concentration, the particle sizes and the water contents of the soils.

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