Strati, Virginia and Baldoncini, Marica and Bezzon, Gian Pietro and Broggini, Carlo and Buso, Giampaolo and Caciolli, Antonio and Callegari, Ivan and Carmignani, Luigi and Colonna, Tommaso and Fiorentini, Giovanni and Guastaldi, Enrico and Kaçeli Xhixha, Merita and Mantovani, Fabio and Menegazzo, Roberto and Mou, Liliana and Rossi Alvarez, Carlos and Xhixha, Gerti and Zanon, Alessandro (2015) Total natural radioactivity, Veneto (Italy). Journal of Maps, Vol. 11 (4), p. 545-551. eISSN 1744-5647. Article.
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We present the first detailed map of the terrestrial natural radioactivity of the Veneto Region (Italy), a 18,264 km2 densely populated area, previously investigated through indoor radon surveys. The activity concentration in 709 representative samples of the main Alpine lithostratigraphic units was measured by using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) γ-ray spectrometer to characterize the radioactivity content of the 41 cartographic units of the Veneto Lithostratigraphic map at 1:250,000 scale. An area accounting for 61% of the territory, comprising alluvial plains was investigated through airborne γ-ray measurements. The large-volume NaI detectors were mounted on an ultralight aircraft, flying a 7000 km line. The data were interpolated using Ordinary Kriging, and a distribution model of the radioactivity content was produced. The result of the data analysis is a total natural radioactivity map of Veneto at 1:250,000 scale in which the activity concentration of the territory is visualized in seven classes, according to the percentile values calculated on the total dataset of measurements.
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