Measurement of Radon Gas at Kilbourne Hole

Michel Eduardo Luna Lucero, University of Texas at El Paso


Several radon studies have reported a possible correlation of the gas emanation with faults and seismic activity in the area, but few studies have been conducted in seismically inactive areas. Features such as the Kilbourne Hole in New Mexico, a maar volcano formed by an interaction between magma and water, can reveal important information about connection between radon concentration levels and structural geology. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the radon concentration levels in and around the crater of the Kilbourne Hole. The results are compared with geological, gravity and magnetic surveys to have a better understanding of radon behavior. Radon concentration in soil gas were measured by Markus 10 equipment at 53 sampling stations within a 250 m x 500 m spaced. The obtained radon data was analyzed and superimposed on the geological and geophysical surveys to highlight the correlation between the radon concentration, magnetic values and inactive fault lines. This indicate that the radon gas measurement in the study area shown to have spatial pattern consistent with geophysical and geology surveys of the Kilbourne Hole.

Subject Area

Nuclear physics|Geophysics|Geophysical engineering

Recommended Citation

Luna Lucero, Michel Eduardo, "Measurement of Radon Gas at Kilbourne Hole" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28869322.