The Impact of Low-level Exposure to Radiation in Natural Ecosystems of Najaf and Dhi Qar Cities, Iraq

Document Type : Original Paper


1 Department of Environment, Faculty of Science, University of Kufa, 54003 kufa, Najaf Governorate, Iraq

2 Department of Environment, College of Science, University of Kufa, Najaf, Iraq


Introduction: This study investigated the exposure rates of background radiations in selected locations of Najaf and Dhi Qar cities, Iraq.
Materials and Methods: Exposure rates were quantified using a portable Geiger–Müller meter. Frequent readings of gamma dose rates were recorded (82 and 101 nGy h-1).
Results: The lowest absorbed doserate was found to be 43.5±17.4 nGyh-1 in Najaf (outdoor environments), and the highest was 174±8.7 nGy h-1 in Dhi Qar city (outdoor environments). Overall, the absorbed dose rates of background radiation fell within the worldwide range reported in other regions.
Conclusion: The selected locations in Najaf and Dhi Qar cities showed normal absorbed doserates with no adverse biological effects on people in the studied areas.


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