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Read the following article, and answer the questions. (Upload a file with your answers before the submission deadline.)

Cinelli G, Tollefsen T, Bossew P, et al. Digital version of the European Atlas of natural radiation. J Environ Radioact. 2019;196:240-252. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2018.02.008

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Question 1:

Visit the website of the European Atlas of Natural Radiation:

https://remon.jrc.ec.europa.eu/About/Atlas-of-Natural-Radiation (Links to an external site.)

Use EURDEP’s Gamma Dose Rates Advanced Map (listed under Real-Time Monitoring) to find the gamma dose rates in the following cities:







Identify the cities with the highest and lowest dose rates. How many fold do they differ?

Question 2:

Examine the Annual Cosmic Ray Dose Map.

Where are some of the highest hotspots for cosmic radiation exposure in Europe?

Why is Norway’s cosmic radiation exposure so much higher than its neighboring country, Denmark?

Question 3:

Examine the European Indoor Radiation Map.

Which small Central European country seems to have the lowest indoor radon levels?

How does this country’s indoor radon levels compare with the World Health Organization’s recommended concentration limit for indoor radon?

One might guess that this country’s lung cancer rate is among the lowest in Europe. Is it?

Question 4:

Compare the Indoor Radon Concentration Map to the Uranium in Soil Map.

Are there any correlations between the two maps? Describe and explain.