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      Health hazards; RAD7; radon; Rajasthan; soil.

    • Abstract

       

      The health hazards of the radioactive gas radon on general public are well known. In order to understand the level and distribution of 222Rn concentrations in soil-gas in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, a 222Rn survey was carried out for the first time using RAD7, an electronic radon detector manufactured by Durridge Company (USA), at different locations covering a total area of 10,978 km2, having a population of approximately 20 lakh. The measurement of 222Rn concentration in soil-gas was carried out at four different depths (10, 40, 70, and 100 cm). The radon concentration in soil-gas for 10, 40, 70, and 100 cm depths ranged from 0.09–4.25, 0.15–6.30, 0.50–9.18, and 0.72–10.40 kBq m−3, respectively. The minimum value of radon concentration is observed in 33 GB village at 10 cm depth and maximum for Mohanpura village at 100 cm depth. As expected, our data show an increase of soil-gas radon concentration levels with depth. The present results are compared with the available radon data from other studies.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      Vikas Duggal1 Asha Rani2 Rohit Mehra3

      1. Department of Applied Sciences, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar 144 601, India.
      2. Department of Applied Sciences, Ferozpur College of Engineering and Technology, Ferozshah, Ferozpur 142 052, India.
      3. Department of Physics, Dr B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar144 001, India.
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  • Journal of Earth System Science | News

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