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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 16 (1932)

Issue: 12. (December)

First Page: 1349

Last Page: 1356

Title: Correlation Between Radon and Heavy Mineral Content of Soils

Author(s): R. W. Clark (2), Holbrook G. Botset (3)


The presence of radon in the Previous HitsoilNext Hit cannot be used as a criterion for locating oil fields, since the source of the radon lies in the radioactive minerals of the Previous HitsoilNext Hit and not in the petroleum at greater depths. Formation contacts could be located by a radon survey even though obscured by top Previous HitsoilNext Hit 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 Previous HitsoilTop which may be due simply to local variations in the amount of radioactive minerals in one and the same formation.

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