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Spontaneous Fission Xenon in Natural Gases1

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G. J. Wasserburg
G. J. Wasserburg
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E. Mazor
E. Mazor
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Published:
January 01, 1965

Abstract

Isotopic enrichments of Xe132, Xe134, and Xe136 were found in a number of natural gases and are attributed to the spontaneous fission of U238. The ratio of spontaneous-fission xenon to atmospheric xenon and the ratio of spontaneous fission xenon to He are discussed in terms of a solubility model. It is shown that the isotopic enrichments can be explained in terms of the solubility model and a preferential release of He as compared to XegF by a factor ranging up to three. An estimate is made of the present flux of spontaneous-fission xenon into the atmosphere.

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AAPG Memoir

Fluids in Subsurface Environments

Addison Young
Addison Young
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John E. Galley
John E. Galley
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
4
ISBN electronic:
9781629812335
Publication date:
January 01, 1965

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