A Hydrostratigraphic Model of the Pahute Mesa - Oasis Valley Area, Nye County, Nevada

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A 3-D hydrostratigraphic framework model has been built for the use of hydrologic modelers who are tasked with developing a model to determine how contaminants are transported by groundwater flow in an area of complex geology. The area of interest includes Pahute Mesa, a former nuclear testing area at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), and Oasis Valley, a groundwater discharge area down-gradient from contaminant source areas on Pahute Mesa. To build the framework model, the NTS hydrogeologic framework was integrated with an extensive collection of drill-hole data (stratigraphic, lithologic, and alteration data); a structural model; and several recent geophysical, geological, ... continued below

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Drellack, S. L., Jr.; Prothro, L. B. & Gonzales, J. L. December 1, 2001.

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A 3-D hydrostratigraphic framework model has been built for the use of hydrologic modelers who are tasked with developing a model to determine how contaminants are transported by groundwater flow in an area of complex geology. The area of interest includes Pahute Mesa, a former nuclear testing area at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), and Oasis Valley, a groundwater discharge area down-gradient from contaminant source areas on Pahute Mesa. To build the framework model, the NTS hydrogeologic framework was integrated with an extensive collection of drill-hole data (stratigraphic, lithologic, and alteration data); a structural model; and several recent geophysical, geological, and hydrological studies to formulate a hydrostratigraphic system. The authors organized the Tertiary volcanic units in the study area into 40 hydrostratigraphic units that include 16 aquifers, 13 confining units, and 11 composite units. The underlying pre-Tertiary rocks were divided into six hydrostratigraphic units, including two aquifers and four confining units. The model depicts the thickness, extent, and geometric relationships of these hydrostratigraphic units (''layers'' in the model) along with all the major structural features that control them, including calderas and faults. The complexity of the model area and the non-uniqueness of some of the interpretations incorporated into the base model made it necessary to address alternative interpretations for some of the major features in the model. Six of these alternatives were developed so they could be modeled in the same fashion as the base model.

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  • 2002 International Groundwater Symposium, Berkeley, CA (US), 03/25/2002--03/28/2002

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  • Report No.: DOE/NV/11718--646
  • Grant Number: AC08-96NV11718
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 790074
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc721155

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Drellack, S. L., Jr.; Prothro, L. B. & Gonzales, J. L. A Hydrostratigraphic Model of the Pahute Mesa - Oasis Valley Area, Nye County, Nevada, article, December 1, 2001; Nevada. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc721155/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.