Assessment of depleted uranium in South-Western Iran

J Environ Radioact. 2013 Oct:124:160-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2013.05.001. Epub 2013 Jun 20.


Depleted uranium (DU) has been used in a number of conflicts most notably during the Gulf War in Iraq and existence of it has been reported in Kuwait by IAEA experts. Due to heavy sand storms prevailing into the direction to South West of Iran transporting sand originating from Iraq, the probability that DU could be moved is considered high. Therefore it was decided to take some air and soil samples near border line and some nearest cities. The study was focused on finding DU in air and soil of these south-west provinces. 22 air samples and 20 soil samples were collected and analyzed on their contents of uranium isotopes by alpha, beta and gamma spectrometry. The air and soil samples have been measured by use of an alpha-beta counter and by a gamma spectrometer, respectively. Results showed that there is no radiation impact from DU and so no DU has been transported via sand storms since all results were obtained below the detection limit.

Keywords: Air and soil contaminated; Air sampling; DU – Depleted uranium; Dust storm.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Iran
  • Radiation Monitoring
  • Silicon Dioxide / analysis
  • Soil Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Uranium / analysis*
  • Wind


  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Soil Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Uranium
  • Silicon Dioxide