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Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Produced Water and Oil-Field Equipment
This report summarizes the current knowledge of naturally occurring radioactive materials in oil-fields of the United States. Of particular concern is the effect on public health and the environment of exposure to radioactive materials in the form of radium-bearing water and 'scale' deposits in tanks and pipes, which may travel far from the oil fields as scrap metal products.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-521
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Geology and Human Health'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Robert A Zielinski
United States Geological Survey

Author: Dr James K Otton
United States Geological Survey