In an eﬀort to quantify thegeogenic radon soil–gas potentialand appraise the use of radon tech-nique as a geological mapping toolin a crystalline basement rock terrain of Ile–Ife Nigeria, radon measure-ment concentration were made usinga radon detector instrument (EDARD-200) that measures radon isotopes by a scintillator cell coupled to a photo multiplier tube. The data were collected from soils derived from three diﬀerent lithologic rock units. The observed values were then correlated with the geology of the area. Significant differences in the radon soil–gas concentrations among the three geologic units were observed. Granite gneiss has the highest concentration, followed by grey gneiss and mica schist in that order. The geometric mean (GM)concentration of radon-222 measured in soils directly overlying the three different rock types were 301.4 pCi/l for granite gneiss,202.8 pCi/l for the grey gneiss, and 199.4 pCi/l for mica schist. Conversely, the average values for radon-220 averaged 1510.0, 815.4, and 733.0 pCi/l for granite gneiss, grey gneiss, and mica schist rocks,respectively. Statistical t test(a=0.05) results indicated that there was no signiﬁcant diﬀerence in the geometric mean of radon soil–gas measured between low and medium potential zones. However, significant differences were found between the low and high radon potential zones,and between the medium and high zones. The low concentrations of radon soil–gas emission observed in this study is explained in terms of the seasonal variation due to thermal convection ﬂuid movement, while the radon concentrations were found to be controlled by the lithology and geochemistry of the underlying bed-rock.
Keywords Radon - Soil - Potential - Thermal - Nigeria
OJO, O., , A , B.D, A & T.R, A (2018). Radon soil–gas as a geological mapping tool: case study from basement complex of Nigeria. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/adepelumi-aa-ajayi-tr-ako-bd-ojo-ao-2005
OJO, OLABANJI, et. al. "Radon soil–gas as a geological mapping tool: case study from basement complex of Nigeria" Afribary. Afribary, 08 Aug. 2018, https://afribary.com/works/adepelumi-aa-ajayi-tr-ako-bd-ojo-ao-2005. Accessed 05 Jun. 2023.
OJO, OLABANJI, Adepelumi , Ako B.D and Ajayi T.R . "Radon soil–gas as a geological mapping tool: case study from basement complex of Nigeria". Afribary, Afribary, 08 Aug. 2018. Web. 05 Jun. 2023. < https://afribary.com/works/adepelumi-aa-ajayi-tr-ako-bd-ojo-ao-2005 >.
OJO, OLABANJI, Adepelumi , Ako B.D and Ajayi T.R . "Radon soil–gas as a geological mapping tool: case study from basement complex of Nigeria" Afribary (2018). Accessed June 05, 2023. https://afribary.com/works/adepelumi-aa-ajayi-tr-ako-bd-ojo-ao-2005