Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
versión On-line ISSN 1678-4790
GODOY, José Marcus et al. 228Ra and 226Ra in coastal seawater samples from the Ubatuba region: Brazilian southeastern coastal region. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.4, pp. 730-736. ISSN 1678-4790. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532006000400014.
The present work reports 228Ra and 226Ra results obtained during the 4th Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) intercomparison experiment realized in Ubatuba, November 2003, aiming to test the methodologies on a fractured crystalline rocks system. Although with distinct objectives, it was decided to participate in this experiment in order to verify if radium isotopes could be used to determine water mixing rates in this region and to test the laboratory capability to perform, later on, a marine dispersion model validation at Angra dos Reis reactor site, located nearby. The results show that the SGD model constrains seems to be valid, at least for a distance of 20 km offshore, that corresponds to the distance between the reactor site and Ilha Grande, a 193-km2 island existing at this site and probably an additional SGD source. Salinity, barium and silica results are also reported and their relation to 228Ra concentrations is discussed.
Palabras clave : 228Ra; 226Ra; seawater; submarine groundwater discharge; Brazil.