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Authors: Voltattorni, N.* 
Sciarra, A.* 
Quattrocchi, F.* 
Title: The application of soil gas technique to geothermal exploration:
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Keywords: soil-gas
geothermal field
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.02. Exploration geophysics::04.02.01. Geochemical exploration 
Abstract: Geochemical studies were conducted throughout soil gas and flux surveying for locating both permeable zones in buried reservoirs and the presence of possible gaseous haloes linked to active geothermal systems. In this work we focused our interest on the distribution of soil gas concentrations (Rn, Th, He, H2, O2, N2, CO2, CH4 and H2S) in the soil air of the Tetitlan area considered a potential thermal field and characterized by scarcity of surface manifestations. Radon is used as a tracer gas to provide a qualitative idea of gas transfer (velocity and flux), carbon dioxide and methane are believed to act as carriers for other gases (i.e., Rn and He), helium and hydrogen are used as shallow signals of crustal leaks along faults (Ciotoli et al., 2005). Methane is also considered both a characteristic biogenic indicator of organic matter deposits and a tracer of major crustal discontinuity. A total of 154 soil gas samples were collected in an area of about 80 square kilometres. The same area was investigated throughout a total of 346 of CO2 and CH4 flux measurements.
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