Abstract

Quantitative estimates of the gamma radiation field intensities expected to be encountered in flight over various geologic bodies are presented. Scattering effects are included in the calculations, but several simplifying assumptions were necessary, such as assigning equal energies to all photons. Results are compared with geiger counter measurements of three kinds: near a small natural carnotite deposit, near a tenth-curie of radium, and soundings made over normal terrain at various times. It appears that anomalies from most outcrops of radioactive ores will exceed the normal fluctuations of background radiation due to topography, variations of composition of the surface, etc., only at flying altitudes of less than about 35 feet. However, such anomalies can probably be detected under favorable conditions by their characteristically pointed shape, allowing flight at higher elevations. Requirements on flight plan and instrumentation are discussed.

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