Correlation Between Underground Radon Gas and Dormant Geological Faults

  • J.A. Lopez Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968, U.S.A.
  • O. Dena Ornelas Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México
  • L. Sajo-Bohus Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, YV-1080ª Venezuela
  • G. Rodriguez Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968, U.S.A.
  • I. Chavarria Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968, U.S.A.
Keywords: radon, faults, dilatancy-diffusion theory


This work studies the concentration of radon in soil around a fault in the East Franklin Mountains in the El Paso area in West Texas. It is found that the in-soil production of radon is correlated to the existence of a fault even if it has not had any recorded activity in recent geological times. This adds to previous observations that link the production of radon to seismic activity, and seems to indicate that in non-active faults the radon production is due mainly to the radioactivity of the top soil and to the transport properties of the medium and not to deeper seismic activity. These results open the possibility of using in-soil radon gas concentrations as an examination tool of dormant faults.


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How to Cite
J.A. Lopez, O. Dena Ornelas, L. Sajo-Bohus, G. Rodriguez, & I. Chavarria. (2016). Correlation Between Underground Radon Gas and Dormant Geological Faults . Journal of Nuclear Physics, Material Sciences, Radiation and Applications, 4(1), 265-275.

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