Occurrence of Uranium in Groundwater from Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu Aided by Geospatial and Statistical Techniques

  • Anandhan P Department of Earth sciences, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar-608002, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Chidambaram S Research scientist, Water Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait.
  • Manivannan R Department of Geology, Alagappa Government Arts College, Karaikudi- 630003, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Paramaguru P Department of Earth sciences, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar-608002, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Karthikeyan C Department of Geology, Alagappa Government Arts College, Karaikudi- 630003, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Srinivasamoorthy K Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University, Puducherry- 605014, India.
  • Prakash R Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University, Puducherry- 605014, India.
Keywords: Aquifer matrix, Cations, Anions, Uranium, Spatial interpolation maps, Statistical Analysis

Abstract

An attempt has been made to examine uranium distribution in groundwater from Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, India. Groundwater occurs under porous sedimentary, fractured, and weathered hard rock formations ranging in age from recent sediments to the oldest Archean formations. A total of 186 groundwater samples were collected during Pre- Monsoon (May) and Post-monsoon (January) and analyzed for major cations, anions, and uranium using standard procedures. Major anions and cations follow the order Cl- >H4SiO4>HCO3- >NO3- > Na+> Ca2+> Mg2+>K+>SO42- > F-> PO43- irrespective of seasons. Uranium in groundwater ranges from 0.1 micro gram per liter (µg/l ) to 24.67 µg/l with average 1.82 µg/l. The spatial representation maps isolated areas of higher and lower uranium and statistical analysis inferred uranium sources to the groundwater environment.

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2020-10-30
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P, A.; S, C.; R, M.; P, P.; C, K.; K, S.; R, P. Occurrence of Uranium in Groundwater from Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu Aided by Geospatial and Statistical Techniques. ijceae 2020, 2, 1-16.



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