CR3 News Magazine 2018 February: Black History Special Edition - Page 37

RADON

Radon is ubiquitous

in the environment

and comparable in most

of the places on earth,

but in some localities its

concentration varies by large

amounts. This abnormally high

amount is usually attributed to

anthropogenic activities such as

mining. Even with relatively efficient

mining operations, high concentrations

of radon are released into the air and

water leaving a legacy of environmental

contamination, which is a health threat

to the community nearby. Because radon

is a daughter of Uranium (238U), higher

concentrations are usually found in

the vicinity of uranium ore bodies.

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Photo: A man enters one of the tunnels in the Shinkolobwe Cobalt mine. Photo AP