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Radon concentrations in abandoned mines, Cumbria, UK: health implications for industrial archaeologists

Gillmore, G. K., Gharib, H. A., Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Bridge, D. (2010) Radon concentrations in abandoned mines, Cumbria, UK: health implications for industrial archaeologists. Poster presented to: European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU2010), Vienna, Austria, 02-07 May 2010. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Abstract: This paper presents a number of surveys performed in a nominally ’low radon risk’ geographical area of the UK. The Cumbrian region was identified by the Building Research Establishment in its 1999 guide as an area without a significant radon problem in terms of installing radon protection in new homes. The geology of the region is varied, being within the Northern Pennine Orefield, but consists of granites, andesites, tuffs, carbonates, sandstones and shales. Mineralisation has taken place (mostly lead and copper ores) primarily along fault and fracture zones, one example being Copper Valley, northwest of Coniston village. This work quantifies the risk of radioactive exposure in a number of abandoned mine environments. High radon levels, up to 28,589 Bq m-3, have been measured in parts of one mine. This study demonstrates that industrial archaeologists (such as the Cumbrian Amenity Trust Mining History Society members) and explorers of abandoned mines are at risk from radon exposure, and proposes a management scheme to allow industrial archaeologists to continue exploration whilst minimising risk to health
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD885.5 Radon pollution
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA565 Environmental health
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T37 Industrial archaeology
Creators: Gillmore, Gavin K, Gharib, Hossein Alizadeh, Denman, Anthony R, Phillips, Paul S and Bridge, Dave
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Research into Sustainable Wastes Management
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Research Centres > Environment Research Group
Date: 2010
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU2010)
Event Dates: 02-07 May 2010
Event Location: Vienna, Austria
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished

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