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IGA Lecture – 19th April 2017 – George Reynolds (Metric Consulting) on Radon and Geology

19 April, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM IST

Radon gets a very bad press these days with concerns about its cancer-causing health effects and the whole new remediation industry that it has created. As with mercury, asbestos and health foods, the facts often become obscured by the scare stories.

This talk looks at the historical aspects of its discovery, its relationship to uranium, and the methods of detection. The ubiquitous presence of radon in soil gas suggests that in addition to house construction issues, we need to look at the geological aspects of radon, how it is transported to the surface and whether it relates more to rock and soil textures, e.g. fracturing, than to rock types.

What the talk will not be addressing are the statistics underlying the health concerns nor remediation methods or their effectiveness.


George Reynolds Biography

George started his career in geophysics by winning the “Young Scientist of the Year” in 1968 for a project on the electrical characteristics of the Cloghleagh iron mine in Co. Wicklow.

He has degrees in geology and geophysics from TCD and an MBA from UCD. In 1988 he added a diploma in hydrogeology while convalidating his Trinity degree in Spain, with a little help from King Juan Carlos!

He has over 45 years experience in mineral and groundwater geophysics in Ireland and throughout Europe, as well as the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Mauritania.

In the 1980s he was involved in the European uranium exploration programme which arose from fears of a petroleum shortage, and more recently, he has been exploring for uranium in Sweden and Mauritania where extensive use of soil radon sampling was made. His current interests are radon and groundwater in fracture zones.”

Time and place details: 18:30 – 19:30, Wednesday 19th April (2017) at the Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4 [refreshments from 17:30]


19 April, 2017
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM IST
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IGA Council Members