The behavior of rare soil gases in a seismically active area: the Fucino basin (central Italy)

Ciotoli, G. and Guerra, M. and Lombardi, S. and Vittori, E. (1999) The behavior of rare soil gases in a seismically active area: the Fucino basin (central Italy). Il nuovo cimento C, 22 C (3-4). pp. 567-576. ISSN 1826-9885

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Soil-gas (He, Rn) concentrations were performed to test their sensitivity for locating fault or fracture systems also when masked by non-cohesive lithologies, and to investigate about the gas-bearing properties of seismogenic faults. The Fucino basin (central Italy) was chosen as test site because it displays a network of surface and shallow-buried active faults within the valley floor that were partially reactivated during the 1915 Avezzano earthquake (Ms47.0). The highest radon values were found aligned along the most important faults bordering the eastern and the north-western sides of the plain. Moderately anomalous values of radon activity occur along the faults located in the depression of the historical lake. Highest helium values prevail in the western part of the plain, in correspondence of a horst structure inferred to be as the prolongation of the Vallelonga-Trasacco ridge. The study provides constraints on the spatial influence of tectonics and geology on deep-seated gas migration toward the surface.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the “Fourth International Conference on Rare Gas Geochemistry”, Rome, October 8-10, 1997.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phenomena related to earthquake prediction; convection currents; flows through porous media; conference proceedings
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 550 Scienze della Terra
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 12:59
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:59

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