Radon: Geology, Environmental Impact and Toxicity Concerns


Audrey M. Stacks (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

Radon is a naturally occurring volatile gas formed from the alpha radioactive decay of radium. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, chemically inert, and radioactive. Of all the radioisotopes that contribute to natural background radiation, radon presents the largest risk to human health. This book discusses the geology, the environmental impact and the toxicity concerns of radon. Some of the topics included are the use of radon in balneotherapy; the health implications of radon in tap water; methods of radon measurement; and facts and interpretations of radon buildup in dwellings, spas and caves.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Electret Ion Chambers for Characterizing Indoor, Outdoor, Geologic and Other Sources of Radon (pp. 1-42)
Payasada Kotrappa (Rad Elec Inc., Frederick, MD, USA)

Chapter 2 – Space-Time Distribution of Radon-222 from Groundwater-Streamflow-Atmosphere Interactions in the Karst Systems of the Campania Region (Southern Italy) (pp. 43-98)
Michele Guida, Domenico Guidaand Albina Cuomo (Department of Physics “E. R. Caianiello”, University of Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy, and others)

Chapter 3 – History-Radon-Geology Connections (pp. 99-108)
I. Burian, J. Merta and P. Otahal (National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection (SUJCHBO), Czech Republic)

Chapter 4 – Efficiency of Four Different Methods of Ventilation for Radon Mitigation in Houses (pp. 109-116)
Lydia Leleyter, Benoît Riffault, Benoît Basset, Mélanie Lemoine, Hakim Hamdoun and Fabienne Baraud (UR-ABTE- Bd du Mal Juin Campus 2 Bat Sciences 2, Caen Cedex)

Chapter 5 – The Use of Radon and Thoron in Balneotherapy (pp. 117-132)
Fábio Tadeu Lazzerini and Daniel Marcos Bonotto (Departamento de Petrologia e Metalogenia, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brasil)

Chapter 6 – The Possible Applications of Radon Inhalation Treatment as Antioxidant Therapy for Hepatopathy (pp. 133-148)
Takahiro Kataoka, Akihiro Sakoda, Reo Etani, Yuu Ishimori, Fumihiro Mitsunobu and Kiyonori Yamaoka (Graduate School of Health Sciences, Okayama University, Shikata-cho 2-chome, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama, Japan, and others)

Chapter 7 – Radon in Tap Water in the Territory of Tbilisi City (pp. 149-162)
Nodar Kekelidze, Teimuraz Jakhutashvili, Eremia Tulashvili, Manana Chkhaidze, Zaur Berishvili, Lela Mtsariashvili and Master Irina Ambokadze (Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and others)
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Chapter 8 – Radon in Water — Hydrogeology and Health Implication (pp. 163-188)
N. Todorović, J. Nikolov, T. Petrović Pantić, J. Kovačević, I. Stojković and M. Krmar (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, Novi Sad, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 9 – Indoor Radon Activity Concentration Measurement Using Charcoal Canister (pp. 189-208)
G. Pantelić, M. Živanović, J. Krneta Nikolić, M. Eremić Savković, M. Rajačić and D. Todorović (University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 10 – Methods of Radon Measurement (pp. 209-226)
J. Nikolov, N. Todorović, S. Forkapić, I. Bikit, M. Vesković, M. Krmar, D. Mrđa and K. Bikit (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, Novi Sad, Serbia)

Chapter 11 – Radon Buildup in Dwellings, Spas and Caves: Facts and Interpretations (pp. 227-250)
I. Bikit, S. Forkapic, D. Mrdja, K. Bikit, N. Todorovic and J. Nikolov (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, Novi Sad, Serbia)

Chapter 12 – The Analysis of Radon Diffusion Emanation and Adsorption on Different Types of Materials (pp. 251-268)
Sofija Forkapić, Dušan Mrđa, Ištvan Bikit, Kristina Bikit, Selena Grujić and Uranija Kozmidis-Luburić (Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia, and others)


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