Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 54, Issue 8, pp 794–804 | Cite as

Quantitative Study of Relationships of Hydrogen, Methane, Radon, and the Atmospheric Electric Field

  • V. N. ShuleikinEmail author


In this paper we develop a model representation of the relationships of hydrogen, methane, radon, and the atmospheric electric field based on the results of experimental observations. Bubble formations of hydrogen and methane are the only carriers of radon in the surficial soil layers and atmosphere. Light ions are formed as a result of ionization and, when combined with neutral condensation nuclei, they form heavy ions affecting the atmospheric electric field. Outside the hydrocarbon clusters, hydrogen and methane are related by an exponential relationship. Under stable weather conditions, the atmospheric radon and its inverse quantity, which is the atmospheric electric field, correlate with the radon content in the soil through the carrier-gases density. Owing to the lower molecular weight, hydrogen at comparable concentrations of volatile gases is the main carrier of radon into the surficial soil layers and atmosphere near the surface. At a methane-to-hydrogen concentration ratio of ~6.4, the volatile gases are equally involved in the transport of the ionizer. At an average ratio of their concentrations (~47), methane is the major carrier gas of radon. Upon increasing concentrations of carrier gases, the sensitivity of the atmospheric electric field to changes in their concentrations increases. Based on observations of the atmospheric electric field and the hydrogen and radon content in the atmosphere, the result significantly increases the accuracy of indirect control over the methane content in the soil.


atmospheric electric field concentrations radon hydrogen methane 



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  1. 1.Institute of Oil and Gas Problems, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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