Airborne Radiometric Surveying for the Management of Health, Safety and the Environment in the Uranium Mining Industry: Potential Applications and Limitations

  • Henk Coetzee
  • James Larkin
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


Some requirements for radiological site assessment may be at least partially fulfilled using airborne radiometric surveys. These include the identification of contaminated areas and the quantification and characterization of radionuclide contamination, as well as the identification of pollution resulting from human activities. Surveys flown over areas contaminated by mining and other activities demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of airborne surveying. Applications include the identification and mapping of contamination throughout the life-cycle of a mine.


Decay Series Anthropogenic Radionuclide Airborne Surveying Radiometric Survey 232Th Decay Series 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk Coetzee
    • 1
    • 2
  • James Larkin
    • 3
  1. 1.Council for GeosciencePretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of GeosciencesUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Radiation and Health Physics UnitUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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