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Radium exists in several forms of isotopes, which naturally occur during the breakdown process of uranium and thorium. It is a radioactive metal, which is silvery-white in colour and can be found at very low levels in most rocks and soil. Radium is released into the atmosphere via coal combustion, which can later also contaminate soil as a fallout of coal fly ash; the metal contaminates water as the result of leaching of uranium mine tailings. Long term inhalation of the particles leads to acute leukopenia. Long-term ingestion of radium leads to bone sarcomas, carcinomas of the perinasal sinuses and mastoid air cells, deterioration of skeletal tissue and death.