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Radioactivity and the Heat of the Earth

Nature volume 119, pages 277278 (19 February 1927) | Download Citation

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IN his presidential address to the Geological Society, abridged in NATURE of Jan. 1, Dr. J. W. Evans refers (page 15) to the above topic in the following words: “although the whole of the energy given out by radioactive elements”, when isolated, is converted into heat, it is probable that a considerable proportion of the energy liberated by such elements, when they occur as rock-constituents, is used up in effecting physical, chemical, or atomic changes in the surrounding minerals.

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