International Geological Journal - Official Journal of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association

GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND ROCK RADIOACTIVITY IN THE SPELEOTHERAPY MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE ZLATE HORY ORE DISTRICT (THE CZECH REPUBLIC)

Pages: 407 - 412

Authors: JIRI ZIMAK, JINDRICH STELCL

Abstract: An abandoned mine located in the Zlate Hory ore district is now used for speleotherapy. A detailed petrographical study along with extensive gamma-ray spectrometry measuring concentrations of naturally occurring radioactive elements (K, U and Th) was conducted in the mine in order to analyze the interrelationship between modal composition and radioactivity of the rocks. Authors warn of a potentially higher concentrations of 222Rn in the subsurface atmosphere of the speleotherapeutic medical facility.

Keywords: Zlate Hory ore district, speleotherapy, petrography, natural radioactive elements

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