Major results of geophysical investigations at Yucca Mountain and vicinity, southern Nevada

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In the consideration of Yucca Mountain as a possible site for storing high level nuclear waste, a number of geologic concerns have been suggested for study by the National Academy of Sciences which include: (1) natural geologic and geochemical barriers, (2) possible future fluctuations in the water table that might flood a mined underground repository, (3) tectonic stability, and (4) considerations of shaking such as might be caused by nearby earthquakes or possible volcanic eruptions. This volume represents the third part of an overall plan of geophysical investigation of Yucca Mountain, preceded by the Site Characterization Plan (SCP; dated 1988) ... continued below

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Oliver, H.W.; Ponce, D.A. & Hunter, W.C. December 31, 1995.

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In the consideration of Yucca Mountain as a possible site for storing high level nuclear waste, a number of geologic concerns have been suggested for study by the National Academy of Sciences which include: (1) natural geologic and geochemical barriers, (2) possible future fluctuations in the water table that might flood a mined underground repository, (3) tectonic stability, and (4) considerations of shaking such as might be caused by nearby earthquakes or possible volcanic eruptions. This volume represents the third part of an overall plan of geophysical investigation of Yucca Mountain, preceded by the Site Characterization Plan (SCP; dated 1988) and the report referred to as the Geophysical White Paper, Phase 1, entitled Status of Data, Major Results, and Plans for Geophysical Activities, Yucca Mountain Project (Oliver and others, 1990). The SCP necessarily contained uncertainty about applicability and accuracy of methods then untried in the Yucca Mountain volcano-tectonic setting, and the White Paper, Phase 1, focused on summarization of survey coverage, data quality, and applicability of results. For the most part, it did not present data or interpretation. The important distinction of the current volume lies in presentation of data, results, and interpretations of selected geophysical methods used in characterization activities at Yucca Mountain. Chapters are included on the following: gravity investigations; magnetic investigations; regional magnetotelluric investigations; seismic refraction investigations; seismic reflection investigations; teleseismic investigations; regional thermal setting; stress measurements; and integration of methods and conclusions. 8 refs., 60 figs., 2 tabs.

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US Geological Survey, Earth Science Information Center, Open File Reports Section, Box 25286, Mail Stop 517, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225 (United States); OSTI as DE98004608

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  • Other: DE98004608
  • Report No.: USGS-OFR--95-74
  • Grant Number: AI08-92NV10874
  • DOI: 10.2172/658157 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 658157
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707357

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Oliver, H.W.; Ponce, D.A. & Hunter, W.C. Major results of geophysical investigations at Yucca Mountain and vicinity, southern Nevada, report, December 31, 1995; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707357/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.