[ RadSafe ] query for radsafe

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Sep 10 11:39:07 CDT 2010

Hi Mark.  

There is a joke in which a biologist, zoologist, and physicist are asked
to describe an elephant.  To cut to the punch line, the physicist starts
his description, "Assume the elephant is a sphere..."  

I have been involved in a couple of situations where the geometry of the
source was very complex, as it is in your situation.  I have concluded
that modeling is likely to cause more problems than it solves.  You
either get an answer so simplistic as to be useless, or so complex that
it is unusable.  And if you say, "At the maximum point the dose is X +/-
X" some activist will say, "It is 2X EVERYWHERE, times the population of
the state, this means, by their own numbers, 10,000 cases of random
murder!" (I was actually at a public meeting where a noted activist said

I would suggest taking some measurements and making a map.  Even if you
model it, you will have to take some measurements to verify your model,
so you might as well cut to the chase.

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[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Mark Sonter
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] query for radsafe

Hi -

Does anyone out there in RadsafeLand have any simple 'rule of thumb' or 
formula for estimating roughly the skyshine (sky scattered gamma) from a

large area of irradiating surface such as a uranium tailings deposit, 
given area of deposit, radium content in it, and horizontal distance 
from deposit to receptor point?

Mark Sonter

Mark Sonter

Radiation Advice & Solutions Pty Ltd,   abn 31 891 761 435
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