Radon (Fred Wolnitzek)

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Radon (Fred Wolnitzek)

  1. 1. 86Radon: The Silent Killer
  2. 2. Basic Info Colorless Odorless Atomic Number: 86 Density: 9.73 g/cm3 at 20°C Melting Point: - 71 °C Boiling Point: - 62 °C Formed from the decay of Radium
  3. 3. Basic Info Cont. More Fun Facts! Most dense gas known Half-life is 3.8 days Radon is produced from the decay of Radium, so it is anywhere there is radium or a radium deposit. And, radium deposits may be anywhere. Radon may be in your house right now 15,000 to 22,000 people die from Radon related lung cancer each year in the US
  4. 4. Some Awesome History! First discovered in 1900 by Friedrich Ernst Dorn
  5. 5. More Awesome History!! Radon was responsible for thousands of deaths before it even had a name. The first recorded incidents were in the Ore Mountains (in present day Germany and Czechoslovaki) in the 1500s. Originally termed “Mountain Sickness”, lung cancer killed many of the miners in this area. The cancer is caused by breathing the radioactive radon in the mines, but was originally attributed to malicious sub-terranean dwarfs. (Why are the dwarfs always the scapegoat?)
  6. 6. Uses Etc. Used in some spas, but this seems to be a gimmick. Mostly Radon just causes cancer. When frozen, Radon glows with a bright phosphorescence from its own radioactivity, turning yellow through orange to red as it is cooled further.
  7. 7. SourcesLenntech. 2011. Radon. <http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/rn.htm> Accessed 2011 Nov 12.Robert K Lewis. 2006. A History of Radon. <http://64.253.106.145/Pubs/Radon/HistoryOfRadon.pdf> Accessed 2011 Nov 12.Alachua County Health Department. Radon Awareness. <http://radon.alachuacounty.us/> Accessed 2011 Nov 12Cary Academy. History and Background Information of Radon. <http://web1.caryacademy.org/facultywebs/gray_rushin/Student Projects/ElementWebSites/radon/history.htm> Accessed 2011 Nov 12

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