Usefulness Of Radon Measurements In Earth-Sciences

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Journal Article: Usefulness Of Radon Measurements In Earth-Sciences

Recent years have seen an ever increasing interest in studying the usefulness of radon measurements in Earth Sciences. These studies include (a) locating materials such as uranium and oil and geothermal energy sources, (b) mapping of geological faults, (c) earthquake prediction, and (d) carrying out volcanic studies. A number of active and passive methods for getting radon signals have been developed for this purpose. A critical review has been given of different methods available and in use these days. Some successful applications of radon measurements for uranium exploration have also been given. The abnormal radon exhalation from the interior of earth, as a precursory phenomenon related to earthquakes and as an indicator of underlying geological faults, has also been investigated. A fairly good qualitative relationship between enhanced radon exhalation and earthquake occurrence has been found. The studies carried out at our institute and elsewhere have suggested that a more systematic approach in this regard is required before some quantitative applications can be made. The fault zone could be identified with fairly good accuracy by the radon measuring technique. This paper gives a brief review of the progress made in the field of radon measurements in earth sciences.

H. A. Khan

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Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements, 1993

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H. A. Khan. 1993. Usefulness Of Radon Measurements In Earth-Sciences. Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements. (!) .