Radionuclides released to the environment are distributed throughout the different environmental media (air, water, soil and sediment) through various physical and chemical processes. Some of the radionuclides in the environmental media are taken up by the organisms which live in the respective environments and by people who use the environment or consume foods from the environment. Humans and other organisms are also exposed to external gamma radiation from radionuclides in the environmental media. The ways in which humans and other organisms are exposed to radiation and radiation in the environment are described.
|Title of host publication||The Environmental Behaviour of Radium: Revised Edition|
|Place of Publication||Vienna, Austria|
|Publisher||IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency|
|State||Published - Mar 2014|