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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 1)
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Preliminary Studies on Geological Fault Location Using Solid State Nuclear Track Detection

A.B. Asumadu-Sakyi, J.J. Fletcher, O.C. Oppon, F.K. Quashie, D.A. Wordson, C.A. Adjei, E.O. Amartey, E.O. Darko and Paulina Amponsah
Corresponding Author:  Akwasi Bonsu Asumadu-Sakyi 

Key words:  Alpha track (LR-115 type II) detector, fault lines, Ghana, radon, radium, soil, uranium
Vol. 3 , (1): 24-31
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2010 September, 01 2010 October, 06 2011 January, 05
Abstract:

In this study, alpha track detectors have been used to develop a methodology to locate fault lines in Accra, Ghana. Alpha track (LR-115 type II) detectors were used for the soil radon gas measurement in forty two (42) sample pits on 70 m 100 m of land behind National Radioactive Waste Management Centre (NRWMC), Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) and fifteen (15) sample pits on about 300 m 200 m of land at Dunkonah. Comparison method for the determination of uranium content of the soil with track-etch detectors was used in both studied areas. At Dunkonah, the average soil radon gas concentrations calculated ranged from 10.20.5 to 23.00.7 kBq/m3 with seven (7) sample pits having very high concentration levels. The average soil radon gas concentrations obtained at NRWMC, GAEC ranged from 6.40.4 to 27.50.8 kBq/m3 with 20 sample pits having very high concentration levels. The area of high soil radon gas concentration at NRWMC coincided with the fault lines discovered by G.S.D.
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A.B. Asumadu-Sakyi, J.J. Fletcher, O.C. Oppon, F.K. Quashie, D.A. Wordson, C.A. Adjei, E.O. Amartey, E.O. Darko and Paulina Amponsah, 2011. Preliminary Studies on Geological Fault Location Using Solid State Nuclear Track Detection.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 3(1): 24-31.
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