Uranium is a radioactive element (radionuclide) that occurs naturally in rock, soil, and water, usually in low concentrations. Radionuclides are unstable atoms with excess energy and as radionuclides decay, they emit radiation. The uranium decay sequence also includes other radionuclides of concern such as radium and radon. This fact sheet addresses naturally occurring uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington.
Kahle, S.C., 2019, Naturally occurring uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington State: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3069, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193069.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
Table of Contents
- What is uranium?
- Why is uranium in drinking water a concern?
- Why is it important to test my drinking water?
- Why does uranium occur in groundwater in northeastern Washington?
- What levels of uranium have been found in area wells?
- What else could we learn?
- Where can I find more information?
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Naturally occurring uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington State|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Washington Water Science Center|