Radon Gas and Radiation Levels in Four Different Mineral Mines

Authors

  • Paitoon Wanabongse Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Chatuchak District, Bangkok 10900
  • Orawan Siriratpiriya Environmental Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330
  • Kongkiat Kulkantrakorn Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathumthani 12120

Keywords:

mineral mine, gamma radiation, radon gas, radon decay products, dissolved radon in water, เหมืองแร่, ระดับรังสีแกมมา, แก๊สเรดอนในอากาศ, แก๊สเรดอนในน้ำ

Abstract

    Determination of gamma radiation, radon gas, radon decay products, and dissolved radon in water were carried out in four different types of mineral mines, i.e., lime stone, gypsum, kaolin and feldspar, located in Nakornsawan, Ratburi, Petchaburi and Kanjanaburi provinces. The surveys disclosed that the levels of gamma radiation exposure, radon gas, and radon decay products were highest in feldspar mines, and limestone mine yielded highest level of dissolved radon in water. The amounts detected, however, are within safety levels.

Key words : mineral mine, gamma radiation, radon gas, radon decay products, dissolved radon in water

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