Influence of Clastic Dikes on Vertical Migration of Contaminants in the Vadose Zone at Hanford

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This research project addresses the effect of clastic dikes on contaminant transport in the vadose zone. Clastic dikes are vertically oriented subsurface heterogeneities common at the Hanford Site, including within the subsurface sediments below the tank farms in the 200 West Area. Previous studies have suggested that clastic dikes may provide a fast path for transport of leaking fluid from the tanks through the vadose zone. This research is testing the hypothesis that clastic dikes at the Hanford Site provide preferential pathways that enhance the vertical movement of moisture and contaminants through the vadose zone. Current flow and transport models ... continued below

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Murray, Christopher J. & Wilson, John L. June 1, 2002.

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This research project addresses the effect of clastic dikes on contaminant transport in the vadose zone. Clastic dikes are vertically oriented subsurface heterogeneities common at the Hanford Site, including within the subsurface sediments below the tank farms in the 200 West Area. Previous studies have suggested that clastic dikes may provide a fast path for transport of leaking fluid from the tanks through the vadose zone. This research is testing the hypothesis that clastic dikes at the Hanford Site provide preferential pathways that enhance the vertical movement of moisture and contaminants through the vadose zone. Current flow and transport models of the vadose zone at the 200 Areas are based on relatively simple hydrogeologic models that assume horizontally layered sediments with no preferential vertical flow paths. To address those scientific needs, our research includes field and modeling studies of the spatial distribution of clastic dikes, the hydrologic properties within dikes, and the potential effect of clastic injection dikes on fluid flow through the vadose zone. The data and models of the clastic dike networks produced for this project should be directly applicable to fate and transport studies conducted at the 200 West Hanford tank farms.

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  • Report No.: EMSP-70193--2002
  • Grant Number: FG07-99ER62890
  • DOI: 10.2172/833665 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 833665
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc784770

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Murray, Christopher J. & Wilson, John L. Influence of Clastic Dikes on Vertical Migration of Contaminants in the Vadose Zone at Hanford, report, June 1, 2002; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc784770/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.