Radon measurement in karstic waters with Lucas cell technique

J. P. Morin, C. Baixeras, L. Gourcy, J. Ramoneda, A. Freixes, M. Mantolopoulou, P. Meus, J. L. Seidel, J. C. Corbin

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Based on Lucas cell technique, the portable device named "PRASSI" (SILENA mod. 5S) was used to realise discrete radon measurements in water samples. The calibration factor is (64.7 ± 6.9) cpm · Bq-1 and, with the present set-up for measuring radon in water, the detection and the determination limits are, respectively, 0.007 and 0.020 Bq. Thus, the device is well adapted for determining low radon content in karstic waters. Several discrete radon samplings were performed nearly every week in the three main springs of the Bastareny karstic system (Catalonian Pyrenees, N-E Spain). Thus, it was possible to estimate the reproducibility of the methodology as well as to characterise every spring of the aquifer in relation to their hydrogeological features. With the portable radon monitor, some useful measurements were achieved to estimate radon loss due to degassing process over short distances, with important consequences for radon studies in karstic waters. Lastly, it was possible to perform intensive sampling during a flood and the results point out the great variability of radon levels, closely related to the flow rate trend. That permitted also an intercomparison with other radon probes installed previously in every spring, for continuous radon measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-603
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


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