Radon finds uranium under 18 meters of sandstone
but you have to measure thoron as well.
Instruments: Robert Morse, 1-416-269-9979 morse@finderschoice.com

An orientation survey of radon in soil gas
  • At Mora 6, in the Karoo Formation, Folakara, Madagascar, by IAEA and OMNIS, 1984.
  • Uranium mineralization buried under up to 18 meters of sandstone.
  • Previously drilled by the French Atomic Energy Authority.
  • 139 soil-gas samples taken from 30-cm deep holes at 10-meter spacing.
  • Anomalies confirmed on different days.
  • Higher radon values, and higher ratios of radon to thoron over mineralization as deep as 18 meters. Gamma survey does not respond to this depth, nor does radium and uranium geochemistry of termite hills.
  • False radon highs have high thoron (low Rn/Tn ratios). Similar high values of both isotopes occur on a small sand ridge south of Midwest Lake, removed from the mineralization. Higher levels of both radon isotopes in the absence of uranium mineralization is because greater soil permeability releases larger amounts of both gases into the sample hole.
  • Measuring radon is not enough: we also have to measure thoron to check for these false "permeability" anomalies.
  • A similar survey at Mora 13, where the section overlying the mineralization includes shale layers, gave negative results. Shale is impermeable and blocks upward migration of radon.
INSTRUMENTS
  • We measure: radon - radium - thoron - radon daughters - alpha radiation.
  • The Lucas cell is recognized as the most sensitive and reliable method for these elements.
  • Intrinsically safe functions.
  • Sensitive to geochemical trace levels necessary for radon in lake water and for radon-thoron isotope ratios.
  • immune to beta and gamma radiation.
  • one monitor works with a number of (less expensive) detectors.
  • Our instruments are used around the world in exploration for uranium, oil & gas, groundwater and hydrothermal, and in environmental protection, health physics, earthquake prediction, and evaluation of hydrocarbon and NAPL contamination etc.
  • Same instruments used for radon and radium in soil, sediment, plant parts, rocks, water, soil gas, air, snow, food, and for radon and thoron daughters in air.
  • Winter and summer, from the Sahara Desert to the Canadian Shield, our instruments have faced up to severe field conditions.
  • In the radon business since 1968, our instruments are updated regularly with the most recent major re-design in 2015. Modern, low-power, field-rugged electronics. Some earlier versions still working after 40 years.
  • Continuous real-time monitoring and data recording.
  • RS232 port/pc software.
  • User programmable measurement intervals, sample and count periods and alarm level settings.
  • Can work in a tent without electricity or be carried from point to point in the field.
  • 50 readings per day. Results available immediately.
  • Portable. Rechargeable battery pack good for a long day in the field and recharges in a few hours.
  • Can be operated by junior personnel if carefully supervised.
  • EPA and CE Mark compliant.
  • Click here (www.finderschoice.com/rn) for more details of our radon instruments, and for other instruments, components and accessories we provide.
  • Technical specification sheets and pictures of our instruments provided on request.
  • Multilingual consulting and training (if required).
For instruments contact
1-416-269-9979
morse@finderschoice.com
www.finderschoice.com/radon



Robert H. Morse, Ph.D., P.Eng.
January 25, 2010
LEGEND: radon counts per minute / ratio of radon to thoron

ANOMALY DEFINITIONS
Based on radon counts per minute and ratio of radon to thoron
Strong: Rn>75 and ratio>0.9 or Rn>50 and ratio>3
Marginal: Rn>37 and ratio>0.6
Background:Rn<38 or ratio<0.7
False:Rn>100 and ratio<0.7
17 strong radon anomalies
with high Rn/Tn ratios
all overlying uranium mineralization
165/3
117/5
147/10
352/10
90/3
101/2
97/1.1
71/4
80/3.5
*147/1.0
*86/1.1
112/6
102/1.5
111/1.6
92/1.5
134/2
76/1.0
*buried 18m
3 false radon anomalies
with low Rn/Tn ratios
not overlying known uranium mineralization


112/0.5
103/0.3
142/0.2

We use low radon:thoron ratios to weed out false anomalies.
17 marginal radon anomalies
overlying uranium mineralization
41/1.9
70/0.7
59/0.7
94/0.8
86/0.7
41/0.7
51/1.1
56/1.7
72/1.2
58/0.7
50/0.8
81/0.7
38/0.9
85/0.9
42/0.8
218/0.8
234/0.9
Only 3 marginal radon anomalies
not overlying known uranium mineralization


137/0.7
39/13
72/1.8
21 background values
overlying uranium mineralization

0
39/0.2
30/1.1
63/0.3
32/0.5
0
0
21/0.2
21/0.4
0
23/0.4
14/0.2
0
41/0.5
30/0.4
37/0.6
28/0.5
42/0.6
0
0
0
Some background values over mineralization.
Geochemistry requires large numbers of samples.
78 background values
not overlying known uranium mineralization

34/0.8
13/4
16/0.6
0
21/0.7
0
13/0.5
13/3
29/1.2
24/0.5
70/0.4
15/0.1
0
0
0
0
10/0.1
18/6
18/0.4
11/0.5
0
0
57/0.4
10/10
0
11/0.7
0
0
0
34/0.3
69/0.3
57/0.6
37/2
15/0.3
39/0.3
15/0.9
0
13/1.0
0
15/0.1
33/0.3
45/0.3
0
60/0.1
71/0.2
23/0.2
35/0.2
14/0.2
0
0
36/0.3
0
37/0.3
0
24/0.5
27/1.3
0
23/1.6
0
62/0.6
0
22/0.6
0
11/0.5
35/0.4
10/0.1
23/0.2
0
0
55/0.6
0
50/0.6
0
21/0.3
54/0.6
0
0
0
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