Radon concentration in hydrogeothermal deposit and spas of Boyacá, Colombia

Authors: Díaz Lagos M (1) , Sajo-Bohus L (2) , Sandoval Garzón MA (1) , Vergara Gómez I (1) , Martínez-Ovalle SA (1)
(1) Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (2) Universidad Simón Bolívar
Source: Appl Radiat Isot. 2018 Dec 18;145:131-136
DOI: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2018.12.020 Publication date: 2019 Mar E-Publication date: Dec. 18, 2018 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
Language: English Countries: Colombia Location: Boyacá Correspondence address: martinez@uptc.edu.co


Article abstract

Inhaled radon and its progenies induce health concern due to high activity-concentration in selected thermal spas of Boyacá region. Hydrogeothermal water sources in a high risk seismic area, are studied to determine by water bubbling method radon concentration values; their occurrence is between few hundreds and 2000 Bq dm-3. Deposits, existing in this area, reach at the surface soil gas radon concentration up to 210 kBq m-3. Maintenance workers, health tourists and visitor's possible detrimental health effects, are discussed in relation to radon balneotherapy beneficial aspects.

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