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Radon concentration in the Parroquia Cristo de Aranza urban area, Zulia, Venezuela; a technical note

Radon concentration in the Parroquia Cristo de Aranza urban area, Zulia, Venezuela; a technical note

Ciencia 12(4): 283-289

The link between the long exposure to radon and the hazard of lung or stomach cancer, make the effort to locate zones of high risk a very important aspect of the public health. One of the principal sources of radon inside of the houses is the radio contents in the soil and the building materials which they-are built of: the radon can get into the houses through the fissure that communicate the soil with the interior of the houses, due to the different gas concentration or pressure in both media. In the interval of 5 months measurements of radon were carried out, from the soil adjacent to 15 houses in the urban zone of Cristo de Aranza parish, located in the south of Maracaibo town of Zulia state, Venezuela, by the diffusion camera technique, which was buried at 0.60 m of depth. We used tracks detectors LR-115 type II of the Kodad Pathe. The results of these measurements allow us to configure a previous map of risk for the radon to confront the types of cancer and the concentrations found in the adjacent locations. This paper summarizes the first phase of a more extensive work which is now been carried out by the Laboratory of Applied Quantum Science (LAQS).

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