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How do we get radium
- lauryn (age 13)
Radium is a radioactive mineral that is found in very small amounts in
some kinds of rocks. "Radioactive" is another way of saying that Radium
atoms are slightly unstable, which means that every now and then one
will decay (sort of like exploding). The products of these tiny
explosion fly off in all directions, and is often called "radiation".
The radiation that radium gives off can be harmful if you are
exposed to it for a long time. Marie Curie found out about radium and
its radiation and later died from it. Since it is a dangerous mineral,
you probably will not be able to get any radium.
(republished on 07/19/06)
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