Whereas the addition of bomb tritium to the environment practically eliminated the use of natural tritium as a tracer, it offered a new tool, i.e., the use of the bomb tritium peak (Fig.1) as a ‘dye’ that is delivered to natural water systems from the atmosphere on local to global scales.For more information about our facilities and methods, please see the subheading under Our Lab at the left.For pricing, please see the Services & Pricing page. The Dissolved and Noble Gas Lab primarily carries out groundwater age dating by measuring the concentrations of helium-3 (H), a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.The data bases contain data for Wyoming, Montana, and the rest of the nation and are accessible to the public.The Oklahoma Water Science Center (WSC) is one of 48 Water Science Centers in the Water Resources Discipline of the U. Contact information for the main Oklahoma WSC office: Oklahoma Water Science Center 202 NW 66th, Bldg 7 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: (405)810-4400 Fax: (405)843-7712 To assure that our work is relevant and useful, we form partnerships with Federal, State, and local agencies, and other public organizations.
Geological Survey (USGS) shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells.
If the tritium delivery as a function of time can be reconstructed, this penetration process can be used for quantitative studies of water movement through identification of the bomb peak in certain ground water bodies.
However, there are natural limits to this method because tritium decay and dispersion make it increasingly difficult to identify the bomb peak in groundwater.
Tritium decays to the stable isotope helium-3, which stays dissolved in the water below the water table.
With precise measurement, the parent and daughter isotopes can be quantified, providing a means to accurately date when water was recharged.