The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 50 Number 2: 59-63 - December 1988

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Relationship Between Temperatures and Radon Levels in Lehman Caves, Nevada
Joyce A. Quinn


Concentrations of radon gas in caves are partially controlled by temperature differences between the cave and the surface. ALthough there is a significant correlation between exterior temperature and radon in Lehman Caves, Nevada, large standard errors prevent prediction of radon levels with any precision. Discriminant analysis, using mean or minimum temperature of the day prior to sampling, can be used to predict with 90% accuracy whether radon working levels will be above or below .300, a critical level for health.

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