A new method for the determination of geophysical parameters by radon concentration measurements in bore-hole

B. Papp, F. Deák, Á Horváth, Á Kiss, G. Rajnai, Cs Szabó

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We propose a new method to measure the 222Rn concentration in a closed bore-hole and to use the results for estimation of the diffusion parameter and the average radium content of the surrounding geological formations. In a closed bore-hole, only several meters from the surface, the radon concentration is rather constant (in the ±15% range) under different meteorological conditions. The inflow of radon gas, after removing the radon from the bore-hole by dry nitrogen, shows characteristic time-dependence, which is determined by the diffusion parameter for radon in the surrounding environment. The experimental data were well described by a straightforward model calculation. From the results estimate can be given for the diffusion parameter and for the average radium content of the surrounding geological formation. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1731-1735
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2008



  • Diffusion parameter
  • Monitoring method
  • Radium content
  • Radon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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