Radon Measurements along faults in El Paso, Texas, and Bhutan Himalaya.
Reyes, Joel 1, Lemone, David1, 1 University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States of America
ABSTRACT- Active faults are known to be an effective pathway for the transport of soil radon. The emissions of this radioactive gas can be studied through the use of CR39 solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs). A study was performed along the Eastern Boundary Fault of the Franklin Mountains in the city of El Paso, Texas, in order to analyze if radon emissions could be detected, and the amounts of concentration. In addition, other monitoring sites were also deployed in the Bhutan Himalaya in order to detect previously unmapped active faults in the country. The time of detector deployment in these studies varied, from five months during Spring and three months during Winter, in El Paso, to one to three weeks in Bhutan. The studies show higher concentrations along faults allowing us to understand further the transportation of radon in soil.
Key words: Soil Radon, faults, CR-39 Radon Detector
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