Story: Radioactive minerals

An early scintillometer (2nd of 2)

An early scintillometer

The earliest instruments for detecting radioactivity were large and clumsy. But with the development of portable instruments, anyone could go prospecting for radioactive minerals. This scintillometer was obtained by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in the early 1950s, and is still used today.

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Radioactive minerals - Prospecting for uranium', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4777/an-early-scintillometer (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 12 Jun 2006