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Can radioactive fossils damage other specimens?
Maniraptora posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionI know next to nothing about radioactivity-- enough to know licking fossils is inadvisable, although I'll admit that wasn't terribly disappointing news. What I'm wondering is whether specimens not radioactive enough to endanger a person are capable of damaging other specimens. Is there a need to segregate displays here, or am I just confused about the mechanics of this? My specific reason for asking is that at the moment I'm planning for my current favorite mineral specimen (which I am babying forever), an almandine garnet from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, to share a small shelf ar
Do you measure radioactivity of your fossils?
KOI posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHi All, I realize that the topic is not pleasant but "safety first" especially if you want to pass your passion to the next generation, right? We bought a Geiger counter and went over our fossil collection (see video below for the results). I wonder if that is a standard practice among collectors or not so much. I recently read a topic on this forum about somebody finding a pile of bones at Calvert cliffs. Could it be the case? I know I buried my dinobone slab after measuring it. I'm not saying anyone should get rid of the bones in their collection but being aware of the radioactivity lev
Dinosaur Bone Fossil Radioactivity
Crazyhen posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHi, I got a few chunks of dinosaur bones about 10-30cm long and 20-30cm wide. I used a Geiger counter to check for their radioactivity. The readings ranged from 0.28 usv/hr to 1.9 usv/hr. For those with 1.9 usv/hr, should I be concerned about the potential risk to my health if I put them on display in my living room?
Probably a dumb question...but...
sdelano posted a topic in Questions & AnswersI dig around in Devonian black shale quite a bit looking for nice pyrite crystals, etc. Is there a legitimate concern for me regarding radioactivity within that black shale? I ask because I stumbled across an article that mentions the radioactivity content of minerals in black shale. TIA!