Students at Ruislip High School in West London would like to invite schools, students and other interested individuals from across the UK to support them in creating a soil radioactivity map of the UK. The group, called RISE UK (Radioactivity in Soil Experiment UK), are using a CERN@School particle detector to determine the exact type of radioactivity produced by soil. The detector uses technology from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and combines physics with earth science in a novel way.
RISE UK needs your help to collect samples from as many parts of the UK as possible. We will analyse every sample received and then share your results with you a couple of weeks later.
Here are the steps for soil collection:
- Choose a natural and undisturbed location such as a wood or field. Sampling must be at least two meters away from paths, buildings and walls.
- Using a small spade and wearing protective gloves, dig to around 20 cm depth.
- Collect between 20 and 30g of soil from 20cm depth and place into a sealed, transparent plastic bag (such as a freezer bag).
- Write your name, date and location on the sample bag.
- Note the rock and soil type at the location (if known) and any other important features such as nearby power stations and any possible sources of contamination.
- Put the sealed sample into a jiffy bag and post to the following address:
RISE UK c.o. Ms Wijitunge
Ruislip High School
If you have any questions regarding this project, please email: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org