Radioactivity of phosphate ores from Karatas-Mazidag phosphate deposit of Turkey

Akyuz T., Akyuz S., Varinlioglu A., Kose A.

JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY, vol.243, no.3, pp.715-718, 2000 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The specific activities of U-238, Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40 in the composite samples of phosphate ores of type I (grey-coloured ore, with high P2O5 (21-35%) and low calcite content) and of type II (grey coloured calcite ore, with low P2O5 content (5-17%)) of Karatas-Mazidag phosphate deposit, Turkey, have been determined by gamma spectrometry together with phosphatic animal feed ingredients. The concentrations of 238U, Ra-226, Th-232 and K-40 were found to be up to 557, 625, 26 and 297, respectively. Radium equivalent activities of samples examined were calculated and compared with those given in the literature. Uranium concentration of the individual phosphate samples, from which composite samples of ores of type I and II have been prepared, were found to show an increasing trend with increasing P2O5 and F concentrations.