Natural and man-made radiation

  • Alan Martin
  • Samuel A. Harbison


Throughout history man has been exposed to radiation from the environment. This natural background radiation comes from three main sources: cosmic radiation, radiation from terrestrial sources and radioactivity in the body.


Dose Rate Radioactive Waste Nuclear Weapon British Isle Cosmic Radiation 
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  1. Eisenbud, M. (1987) Environmental Radioactivity: From Natural, Industrial and Military Sources, 3rd edn, Academic Press Inc.Google Scholar
  2. Hughes, J. S. and Roberts, G. C. (1984) The Radiation Exposure of the UK Population-1984 Review, National Radiological Protection Board report NRPB R173. NRPB, Chilton, Oxon.Google Scholar

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© Alan Martin and Samuel A. Harbison 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Martin
    • 1
  • Samuel A. Harbison
    • 2
  1. 1.Alan Martin AssociatesLeatherhead, SurreyUK
  2. 2.Nuclear Installations InspectorateLondonUK

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