Atmospheric deposition patterns of 210Pb and 7 Be in Cienfuegos, Cuba
Keywords: 
7 Be
210Pb
Atmospheric deposition
Cienfuegos
Cuba
Issue Date: 
2014
Publisher: 
Elsevier
ISSN: 
1879-1700
Citation: 
Alonso-Hernández, C. M. (Carlos Manuel); Morera-Gómez, Y. (Yasser); Cartas-Aguila, H.A. (Héctor A.); et al. "Atmospheric deposition patterns of 210Pb and 7 Be in Cienfuegos, Cuba". Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 138, 2014, 149 - 155
Abstract
The radiometric composition of bulk deposition samples, collected monthly for one year, February 2010 until January 2011, at a site located in Cienfuegos (22 030 N, 80 290 W) (Cuba), are analysed in this paper. Measurement of 7 Be and 210Pb activity concentrations were carried out in 12 bulk deposition samples. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7 Be and 210Pb are in the range of 13.2e132 and 1.24e8.29 Bq m2 , and their mean values are: 56.6 and 3.97 Bq m2 , respectively. The time variations of the different radionuclide have been discussed in relation with meteorological factors and the mean values have been compared to those published in recent literature from other sites located at different latitudes. The annual average flux of 210Pb and 7 Be were 47 and 700 Bq m2 y1 , respectively. Observed seasonal variations of deposition data are explained in terms of different environmental features. The atmospheric deposition fluxes of 7 Be and 210Pb were moderately well correlated with precipitation and well correlated with one another. The 210Pb/7 Be ratios in the monthly depositions samples varied in the range of 0.05 e0.10 and showed a strong correlation with the number of rainy days

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