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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 01)
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Measurement of Radon Gas Level in Ashanti Region and Design of a Radon Vulnerability Map for Ghana

L.G. Badoe, A. Andam and E.K. Sosu
Corresponding Author:  L.G. Badoe 

Key words:  Concentration, decay, Radiation exposure, Radon gas, Uranium, ,
Vol. 4 , (01): 76-81
Submitted Accepted Published
2011 August, 16 2011 September, 25 2012 January, 01
Abstract:

To draw a Radon vulnerability map for Ghana and to ascertain the variation of Radon gas levels with passing years in the Lake Bosomtwi area, Ashanti Region, Ghana, samples were collected in four villages around the lake and analyzed in the Nuclear Physics Laboratory of the Physics department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The results obtained were compared with results from previous years and it was clear that year 2006 had the lowest average radon gas level of 99.95 pCi/L or 3.70 KBq/m3, with year 2001 having the highest of 167.2 pCi/L or 6.19 KBq/m3. Overall the average radon gas level between the years 2001 to 2006 for the Lake Bosomtwi area was 130.94 pCi/L and this value according to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency is within the range of 0.1WL-1WL (20-200 pCi/L) which means that exposures in this range are considered greatly above average for residential structures. A vulnerability map of Ghana shows that research work have been conducted in the following regions Western, Central, Greater Accra and Ashanti and other regions like Eastern, Volta and the Northern parts of Ghana have experience little or no research.
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L.G. Badoe, A. Andam and E.K. Sosu, 2012. Measurement of Radon Gas Level in Ashanti Region and Design of a Radon Vulnerability Map for Ghana.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(01): 76-81.
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