Radon is More Places Then You Think

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Radon is a chemical element.

Radon is one of the densest substances that remains a gas under normal conditions. It is also the only elemental gas under normal conditions that has no stable isotopes, and is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity.

Intense radioactivity has also hindered chemical studies of radon and only a few compounds are known.

Radon is produced by the radioactive decay of radium-226, which is found in uranium ores, phosphate rock, shales, igneous and metamorphic rocks such as granite, gneiss, and schist, and to a lesser degree, in common rocks such as limestone.

High concentrations of radon can also be found in some spring waters and hot springs. The towns of Boulder, Montana; Misasa; Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and the country of Japan have radium-rich springs that emit radon.



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