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Migration Behavior of Uranium Series Nuclides in Altered Quartz-Chlorite Schist

  • T. Ohnuki (a1), T. Murakami, K. Sekine (a1), N. Yanase (a1), H. Isobe (a1) and Y. Kobayashi (a1)...

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The migration behavior of uranium series nuclides in an altered quartz-chlorite schist has been studied by utilizing data on the activity distributions of uranium series nuclides at Koongarra in the Northern Territory of Australia. The variation of 230Th/234U activity ratios (ARs) with distance along surface (2 m depth), intermediate (16 m) and deep (31 m) layers show different trends in the three layers parallel to the water flow. The relationship between the 234U/238U and 230Th/238U ARs reveals that the mobility of the uranium series nuclides is in order 238U, 234U and 230Th, and that the retardation factors oft 234U are greater than those of 238U by a factor of 1.1, 1.9 and 1.0 in the surface, intermediate and deep layers, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns show different mineral assemblages, which are the alteration products of chlorite at the three layers. These results imply that the migration behavior of uranium series nuclides at each depth would be related to the alteration of chlorite.

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Migration Behavior of Uranium Series Nuclides in Altered Quartz-Chlorite Schist

  • T. Ohnuki (a1), T. Murakami, K. Sekine (a1), N. Yanase (a1), H. Isobe (a1) and Y. Kobayashi (a1)...

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