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Soil uranium, soil gas radon and indoor radon empirical relationships in the UK and other European countries

By J.D. Appleton and J.C.H. Miles

Abstract

Least squares (LS) regression analysis is used to develop empirical relationships between uranium in the ground, radon in soil and radon in dwellings to assist in the development of a geogenic radon potential map for Europe. The data sets used are (i) estimated uranium in the <2mm fraction of topsoils derived from airborne gamma spectrometry data, (ii) U measured in the <2mm fraction of topsoil geochemical samples, (iii) soil gas radon and (iv) indoor radon data. Linear relationships between radon in dwellings and uranium in the ground or radon in soil differ depending on the characteristics of the underlying geological units, with more permeable units having steeper slopes and higher indoor radon concentrations for a given uranium or soil gas radon concentration in the ground. UK regression models are compared with published data for other European countries

Topics: Earth Sciences
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:11678

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