Radon: Detection, Exposure and Control

Ramesh Chandra Tiwari (Editor)
Professor and Head, Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, Mizoram University (A Central University), Aizawl, Mizoram, India

Series: Earth Sciences in the 21st Century
BISAC: SCI031000



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In the recent past, studies on radon and their progenies have drawn a lot of attention from the scientific community and researchers, due to their crucial role as a possible cause of cancer, monitoring radiation levels of nuclear installations and as a potential precursor parameter to seismic events. This book titled “Radon: Detection, Exposure and Control” has 19 chapters comprising of research contributions from across the globe namely; Brazil, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Russia, Taiwan (PRC), Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and several regions of India including the seismic zone-V, the second highest seismic zone in the world. This book is very useful to scholars pursuing post-graduate studies and research covering broad areas of applied sciences namely; geophysics, Earth science, geoscience, geochemistry and civil & geotechnical engineering. This book provides a mixed flavour of the recent trends in several types of research works related to detection, exposure and control of Radon (Rn222, Rn220) in a concise and interesting manner.

This book contains several chapters dedicated to the radon measurement based radioactivity studies in rocks, over kimberlite pipes, inside soil and in open environments. The book also describes indoor radon gas concentration studies in schools and other working places including the assessment of health risk associated with it including radon exposure, its measurement and protection. In addition to the influence of regional and geophysical characteristics on the volumetric activity of radon, this book also contains the radon-based biometric characterization of person identification. Review articles on a detailed study of fault traces in Taiwan using soil gas geochemistry and the role of radon as precursor to earthquake have also been discussed including psychological perspective of radon risk and remediation. I feel confident that this book shall be extremely useful to the research community of science and engineering streams at large and do hope that they will find it extremely helpful to understand the mechanism and to conceive research problems with potential applications.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Experimental Steps for Calibrating a Radon Meter for Use in Environmental Studies
(Eder Queiroz Barbosa and Daniel Marcos Bonotto, Departamento de Petrologia e Metalogenia, UNESP-São Paulo State, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 2. The Influence of Regional and Global Geophysical Characteristics on the Volumetric Activity of Radon in Gorno-Altaisk (Russia)
(Alexander Victorovich Shitov, Geography Faculty, Gorno-Altaisk State University, Gorno-Altaisk, Russia)

Chapter 3. Features of Radon Distribution over Kimberlite Pipes of the Arkhangelsk Diamondiferous Province: Possible Directions for the Study of the Structure Near-Pipe Space and Development of the Emanometric Method for the Search for Kimberlites
(Evgeny Yu. Yakovlev, PhD, Sergey V. Druzhinin, Sergey B. Zykov and Elena N. Zykova, PhD, Institute of Geodynamics and Geology, N. Laverov Federal Centre for Integrated Arctic Research, Arkhangelsk, Russia)

Chapter 4. Study of Fault Traces in Taiwan Using Soil-Gas Geochemistry: An Overview
(Vivek Walia, Arvind Kumar, Ching-Chou Fu, Wei-Li Hong and Tsanyao Frank Yang, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taipei, Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 5. Radon Exposure and Measurement
(Tayseer Alnaggar, Department of Physics, College of Women, for Art, Science and Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and others)

Chapter 6. Estimation of Radon Activity in Soil and Exhalation of Radon from Soil in Bakreswar-Tantloi Geothermal Region of West Bengal and Jharkhand, India
(Saheli Chowdhury, Chiranjib Barman, Argha Deb, Sibaji Raha, Debasis Ghose and Bikash Sinha, School of Studies in Environmental Radiation and Archaeological Sciences, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and others)

Chapter 7. Radon Based Biometric Characterization for Person Identification
(Jitendra P. Chaudhari and Hiren K. Mewada, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Changa, Anand, Gujarat, India)

Chapter 8. Radon Exposure: Health Effects and Protection
(Esra Kavaz and Neslihan Ekinci, Department of Physics, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey)

Chapter 9. Estimation of Radon and Environmental Radioactivity
(Pankaj Bala, Vinod Kumar and Rohit Mehra, Department of Applied Sciences, Humanities and Management, Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, and others)

Chapter 10. Dynamics of 222Rn and 220Rn Decay Products and Their Deposition Based Measurement Technique
(Rosaline Mishra, Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India)

Chapter 11. Radon Risk and Remediation: A Psychological Perspective
(David Hevey, Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

Chapter 12. Indoor Radon Gas and Assessment of Health Risk
(Mahshid Shahbazi Sehran, Mohsen Mirmohammadi and Siamak Boudaghpour, Department of Civil Engineering, Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and others)

Chapter 13. A Proposal for Actuation with Measurements of Radon Activity Concentrations in Working Places
(A Martín Sánchez, M.J. Nuevo and J. de la Torre Pérez, Department of Physics, University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain)

Chapter 14. Role of Radon as a Precursor to Earthquakes: An Appraisal
(Rajib Biswas, Department of Physics, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India)

Chapter 15. Natural Radioactivity Survey on Rocks Found on Jammu – Kashmir National Highway, Himalayas, India
(Ajay Kumar and Sumit Sharma, Post Graduate Department of Physics, DAV College, Amritsar, Punjab, India, and others)

Chapter 16. Seasonal Variation Analysis of Soil Radon Data
(Hari Prasad Jaishi, Sanjay Singh and Ramesh Chandra Tiwari, Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya, and others)

Chapter 17. Analysis of Meteorological Influence on Exhalation of 222Rn and 220Rn Gases at Mat Fault
(T. Thuamthansanga, R. C. Tiwari, B. K. Sahoo and D. Datta, Department of Physics, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India, and others)

Chapter 18. Radon Testing and Mitigation in Schools of Shillong City, Meghalaya
(Devesh Walia, Deveshwori Maibam, Yubaraj Sharma, and Atul Saxena, Department of Environmental Studies, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, and others)

Chapter 19. Calibration Factor for LR-115 Type II Detector for Soil-Gas Radon Measurement
(Devesh Walia, Atul Saxena, Deveshwori Maibam and Yubaraj Sharma, Department of Environmental Studies, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India, and others)


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