Geochemistry of outcrop samples from the Raven Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon reference sections, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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The Yucca Mountain area in southern Nevada is being evaluated for its suitability as a potential site for the construction of an underground, high-level nuclear waste repository. With support from the Department of Energy, the US Geological Survey is conducting detailed petrographic, geochemical, and isotopic analyses of samples collected from drill cores and from outcrops. The geochemical and isotopic compositions of the volcanic rocks of Yucca Mountain derive from those of their parental magmas, from changes resulting from the eruptive processes and from post-depositional alteration. In this study, geochemical and isotopic data were acquired on samples from reference sections selected ... continued below

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Peterman, Z.E.; Spengler, R.W.; Singer, F.R. & Dickerson, R.P. November 1, 1996.

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The Yucca Mountain area in southern Nevada is being evaluated for its suitability as a potential site for the construction of an underground, high-level nuclear waste repository. With support from the Department of Energy, the US Geological Survey is conducting detailed petrographic, geochemical, and isotopic analyses of samples collected from drill cores and from outcrops. The geochemical and isotopic compositions of the volcanic rocks of Yucca Mountain derive from those of their parental magmas, from changes resulting from the eruptive processes and from post-depositional alteration. In this study, geochemical and isotopic data were acquired on samples from reference sections selected in areas where the effects of the post-depositional alteration has been minimal. These data will be used as baseline information for delineating and correlating zonal features in the volcanic rock alteration that may occur in the thermal aureole of the potential repository after it has been loaded with nuclear waste.

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U.S. Geological survey, Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Report section, Box 25286, MS 517, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; OSTI as DE97000879

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  • Other: DE97000879
  • Report No.: USGS-OFR--94-550
  • Grant Number: AI08-92NV10874
  • DOI: 10.2172/418389 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 418389
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc687141

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Peterman, Z.E.; Spengler, R.W.; Singer, F.R. & Dickerson, R.P. Geochemistry of outcrop samples from the Raven Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon reference sections, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, report, November 1, 1996; Denver, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc687141/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.