Date of Award

2021-12-01

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics

Advisor(s)

Jorge A. Lopez

Abstract

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.

Language

en

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

File Size

43 p.

File Format

application/pdf

Rights Holder

Michel Eduardo Luna Lucero

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