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  • Main Title Geologic framework and Cenozoic evolution of the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada


  • Author: Fox, K.F. Jr.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Spengler, R.W.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Myers, W.B.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: Geological Survey (U.S.). Denver Federal Center.
    Place of Publication: Denver, Colorado
    Additional Info: Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States)


  • Creation: 1990-12-31


  • English


  • Content Description: Yucca Mountain, Nevada, has been proposed as the site of a high-level nuclear waste repository. The purpose of this paper is to outline aspects of the geology and tectonics of the area which bear on its suitability as a waste repository. The repository is to be excavated from a non-lithophysal zone within the lower part of the Paintbrush Tuff. Revised estimates of the thickness of this zone indicate that the lower, down-dip extremity of the planned repository could be raised by as much as 130 m, thus reducing the grade within the repository and increasing the distance to the water table below. We note that because of the closely spaced fracturing and low in-situ stresses within the repository block, lateral support of fractured rock is likely to be poor. 30 refs., 5 figs.
  • Physical Description: 20 p.


  • Keyword: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Keyword: International Cooperation
  • Keyword: Geology
  • Keyword: Meetings
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Underground Facilities
  • Keyword: Stratigraphy
  • Keyword: Tuff
  • Keyword: Tectonics
  • Keyword: Yucca Mountain
  • Keyword: High-Level Radioactive Wastes
  • Keyword: Underground Disposal
  • Keyword: Igneous Rocks
  • Keyword: Yucca Mountain Project


  • Conference: International symposium on unique underground structures, Denver, CO (United States), 12-15 Jun 1990


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE91005958
  • Report No.: CONF-9006120--6
  • Grant Number: AI08-78ET44802
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 137963
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621989


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