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Environmental Radioactivity from Natural, Industrial & Military Sources

From Natural, Industrial and Military Sources

Environmental Radioactivity from Natural, Industrial, and Military Sources is the comprehensive source of information on radiation in the environment and human exposure to radioactivity. This Fourth Edition isa complete revision and extension of the classic work, reflecting major new developments and concerns as the Cold War ended, nuclear weapons began to be dismantled, and cleanup of the nuclear weapons facilities assumed center stage. Contamination from accidents involving weapons, reactors, and radionuclide sources are discussed in an updated chapter, including the latest information about the effects of the Chernobyl accident. Important revisions are also made to the chapters on natural radioactivity, nuclear fuels and power reactors, radioactive waste management, and various other sources of exposure. Several chapters provide primers for readers who may not be familiar with the fundamentals of radiation biology, protection standards, and pathways for the environmental transport of radionuclides. An Appendix lists the properties of the more important radionuclides found in the environment. The book concludes with a commentary on contemporary social aspects of radiation exposure and risks that offers analternative view to current, often excessive concerns over radiation, nuclear technology, and waste.

Audience
Researchers and industry scientists in radiation biology, environmental sciences, ecology, radiation engineering; radiation safety officers; public health and government agencies; advanced students in environmental health physics, environmental radioactivity, radiological environmental surveillance, or nuclear waste management.

Hardbound, 656 Pages

Published: February 1997

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-235154-9

Contents

  • Preface. Introduction. The Biological Basis of Radiation Protection. Radiation Protection Standards. Atmospheric Pathways. Terrestrial and Aquatic Pathways. Natural Radioactivity. Production and Reprocessing of Nuclear Fuels. Power Reactors. Nuclear Weapons. Various Other Sources of Exposure. Radioactive Waste Management. Experience with Radioactive Contamination Due to Accidents. Methods of Environmental Surveillance. Radiological Assessment and its Application to Dose Reconstruction. Remediation of Contaminated Sites. Radiation Exposure and Risks: Some Contemporary Social Aspects. Appendix: The Properties of Certain Radionuclides. List of Acronyms. References. Subject Index. Table Captions and New Tables. Figure Captions.

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