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Attitudes to radiation may affect major decisions on energy programmes and environmental pollution. It is important therefore that the public should have as much information as possible about radiation. Commentators pay most attention to artificial sources of radiation such as nuclear reactors and X-ray machines. The main sources of radiation are, however, natural: i) cosmic rays from outer space; ii) gamma rays from walls and floors; iii) radon from rocks and soils. This publication maps levels of radiation of natural origin throughout the European Community (except in the Länder of the former German Democratic Republic), in Scandinavia and in Austria. The basic properties and origins of the different types of radiation and their contribution to the overall exposure of the population are explained in simple terms. A glossary, a list of administrative regions used in the maps and detailed references to the data for each country are included.

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Authors: GREEN B M R, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot, Oxon. (GB);HUGHES J S, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot, Oxon. (GB);LOMAS P R, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14470 ES/DA/DE/EL/EN/FR/IT/NL/PT (1993) 259 pp., FS, ECU 25.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4840-0
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