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Detectable amounts occur naturally in soil , rocks, water, air, and vegetation, from which it is inhaled and ingested into the body. In addition to this internal exposure, humans also receive external exposure from radioactive materials that remain outside the body and from cosmic radiation from space.

The worldwide average natural dose to humans is about 2.

In some rich countries, like the US and Japan, artificial exposure is, on average, greater than the natural exposure, due to greater access to medical imaging.

This exposure is in most cases of little or no concern to society, but in certain situations the introduction of health protection measures needs to be considered, for example when working with uranium and thorium ores and other Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material NORM. These situations have become the focus of greater attention by the Agency in recent years. The major radionuclides of concern are potassium , uranium and thorium and their decay products, some of which, like radium and radon are intensely radioactive but occur in low concentrations.

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Most of these sources have been decreasing, due to radioactive decay since the formation of the Earth, because there is no significant amount currently transported to the Earth.

Thus, the present activity on earth from uranium is only half as much as it originally was because of its 4. But during the time that humans have existed the amount of radiation has decreased very little. Many shorter half-life and thus more intensely radioactive isotopes have not decayed out of the terrestrial environment because of their on-going natural production.

Examples of these are radium decay product of thorium in decay chain of uranium and radon a decay product of radium in said chain. Thorium and uranium and their daughters primarily undergo alpha and beta decay , and aren't easily detectable. However, many of their daughter products are strong gamma emitters. Conversely, coastal areas and areas by the side of fresh water may have an additional contribution from dispersed sediment. Radon and its isotopes , parent radionuclides , and decay products all contribute to an average inhaled dose of 1.

Radon is unevenly distributed and varies with weather, such that much higher doses apply to many areas of the world, where it represents a significant health hazard. Concentrations over times the world average have been found inside buildings in Scandinavia, the United States, Iran, and the Czech Republic.

Radon seeps out of these ores into the atmosphere or into ground water or infiltrates into buildings.

It can be inhaled into the lungs, along with its decay products , where they will reside for a period of time after exposure. Although radon is naturally occurring, exposure can be enhanced or diminished by human activity, notably house construction. A poorly sealed basement in an otherwise well insulated house can result in the accumulation of radon within the dwelling, exposing its residents to high concentrations.

The widespread construction of well insulated and sealed homes in the northern industrialized world has led to radon becoming the primary source of background radiation in some localities in northern North America and Europe. Some building materials, for example lightweight concrete with alum shale , phosphogypsum and Italian tuff , may emanate radon if they contain radium and are porous to gas.

Radon has a short half-life 4 days and decays into other solid particulate radium-series radioactive nuclides.

These radioactive particles are inhaled and remain lodged in the lungs, causing continued exposure. Radon is thus assumed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking , and accounts for 15, to 22, cancer deaths per year in the US alone.

The atmospheric background varies greatly with wind direction and meteorological conditions. Radon also can be released from the ground in bursts and then form "radon clouds" capable of traveling tens of kilometers. The doses are expressed in microsieverts per hour. The Earth and all living things on it are constantly bombarded by radiation from outer space. This radiation primarily consists of positively charged ions from protons to iron and larger nuclei derived from outside the Solar System.

This radiation interacts with atoms in the atmosphere to create an air shower of secondary radiation, including X-rays , muons , protons , alpha particles , pions , electrons , and neutrons. The immediate dose from cosmic radiation is largely from muons, neutrons, and electrons, and this dose varies in different parts of the world based largely on the geomagnetic field and altitude.

For example, the city of Denver in the United States at meters elevation receives a cosmic ray dose roughly twice that of a location at sea level. During their flights airline crews typically get an additional occupational dose between 2. Similarly, cosmic rays cause higher background exposure in astronauts than in humans on the surface of Earth. Astronauts in low orbits , such as in the International Space Station or the Space Shuttle , are partially shielded by the magnetic field of the Earth, but also suffer from the Van Allen radiation belt which accumulates cosmic rays and results from the Earth's magnetic field.

Outside low Earth orbit, as experienced by the Apollo astronauts who traveled to the Moon , this background radiation is much more intense, and represents a considerable obstacle to potential future long term human exploration of the moon or Mars.

Cosmic rays also cause elemental transmutation in the atmosphere, in which secondary radiation generated by the cosmic rays combines with atomic nuclei in the atmosphere to generate different nuclides.

Many so-called cosmogenic nuclides can be produced, but probably the most notable is carbon , which is produced by interactions with nitrogen atoms. These cosmogenic nuclides eventually reach the Earth's surface and can be incorporated into living organisms.

The production of these nuclides varies slightly with short-term variations in solar cosmic ray flux, but is considered practically constant over long scales of thousands to millions of years.

The constant production, incorporation into organisms and relatively short half-life of carbon are the principles used in radiocarbon dating of ancient biological materials, such as wooden artifacts or human remains.

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At higher altitudes there is also the contribution of continuous bremsstrahlung spectrum. Excluding internal contamination by external radioactive material, these two are largest components of internal radiation exposure from biologically functional components of the human body.

About 4, nuclei of 40K [16] decay per second, and a similar number of 14C. The energy of beta particles produced by 40K is about 10 times that from the beta particles from 14C decay.

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