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The presence of radon in the soil cannot be used as a criterion for locating oil fields, since the source of the radon lies in the radioactive minerals of the soil and not in the petroleum at greater depths. Formation contacts could be located by a radon survey even though obscured by top soil and vegetation, because there is quite likely to be a difference in heavy mineral character and content of two different formations. Likewise faults may be indicated if they bring two quite different formations into juxtaposition, but there is always danger of misinterpreting variations in the radon content of a soil which may be due simply to local variations in the amount of radioactive minerals in one and the same formation.
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