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Modeling of geochemical interactions between acidic and neutral fluids in the Onikobe Geothermal Reservoir

Description: Two types of fluids are encountered in the Onikobe geothermal reservoir, one is neutral and the other is acidic (pH=3). It is hypothesized that acidic fluid might be upwelling along a fault zone and that an impermeable barrier might be present between the acidic and neutral fluid zones. We carried out reactive geothermal transport simulations using TOUGHREACT (Xu and Pruess, 1998 and 2001) to test such a conceptual model. One-dimensional models were used to study the geochemical behavior due to mixing of the two fluids. Mn-rich smectite precipitated near the mixing front and is likely to form an impermeable barrier between regions with acidic and neutral fluids.
Date: January 10, 2003
Creator: Todaka, Norifumi; Akasaka, Chitoshi; Xu, Tianfu & Pruess, Karsten
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Relationship of shale dewatering and smectite dehydration to undercompaction occurrence

Description: The cause(s) of abnormal fluid pressures in sedimentary basins are not clearly understood. One step in determining the mechanism(s) of abnormal pressure generation in sedimentary basins is to develop an understanding of the relationship among undercompacted shale, abnormal pressure, and temperature. Our research focused on understanding undercompaction and how it related to smectite-illite conversion. A series of carefully designed experiments were used to help clarify and evaluate the relationship of smectite-illite transformation to undercompaction.
Date: December 1, 1996
Creator: Leftwich, J.T. Jr.
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Organic or organometallic template mediated clay synthesis

Description: A method is given for incorporating diverse varieties of intercalants or templates directly during hydrothermal synthesis of clays such as hectorite or montmorillonite-type layer-silicate clays. For a hectorite layer-silicate clay, refluxing a gel of silica sol, magnesium hydroxide sol and LiF for 2 days with an organic or organometallic intercalant or template results in crystalline products containing either (a) organic dye molecules such as ethyl violet and methyl green, (b) dye molecules such as alcian blue based on a Cu(II)-phthalocyannine complex, or (c) transition metal complexes such as Ru(II)phenanthroline and Co(III)sepulchrate or (d) water-soluble porphyrins and metalloporphyrins. Montmorillonite-type clays are made by the method taught by US patent No. 3,887,454 issued to Hickson, June 13, 1975; however, a variety of intercalants or templates may be introduced. The intercalants or templates should have water-solubility, positive charge, and thermal stability under moderately basic (pH 9-10) aqueous reflux conditions or hydrothermal pressurized conditions for the montmorillonite-type clays.
Date: December 31, 1992
Creator: Gregar, K.C.; Winans, R.E. & Botto, R.E.
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Competitive sorption of cadmium and lead in acid soils of central Spain

Description: The bioavailability and ultimate fate of heavy metals in the environment are controlled by chemical sorption. To assess competitive sorption of Pb and Cd, batch equilibrium experiments (generating sorption isotherms) and kinetics sorption studies were performed using single and binary metal solutions in surface samples of four soils from central Spain. For comparisons between soils, as well as, single and binary metal solutions, soil chemical processes were characterized using the Langmuir equation, ionic strength, and an empirical power function for kinetic sorption. In addition, soil pH and clay mineralogy were used to explain observed sorption processes. Sorption isotherms were well described by the Langmuir equation and the sorption kinetics were well described by an empirical power function within the reaction times in this study. Soils with higher pH and clay content (characterized by having smectite) had the greatest sorption capacity as estimated by the maximum sorption parameter (Q) of the Langmuir equation. All soils exhibited greater sorption capacity for Pb than Cd and the presence of both metals reduced the tendency for either to be sorbed although Cd sorption was affected to a greater extent than that of Pb. The Langmuir binding strength parameter (k) was always greater for Pb than for Cd. However, these k values tended to increase as a result of the simultaneous presence of both metals, that may indicate competition for sorption sites promoting the retention of both metals on more specific sorption sites. The kinetic experiments showed that Pb sorption is initially faster than Cd sorption from both single and binary solutions although the simultaneous presence of both metals affected the sorption of Cd at short times while only a minor effect was observed on Pb. The estimated exponents of the kinetic function were in all cases smaller for Pb than for Cd, likely due ...
Date: January 30, 2004
Creator: Serrano, S.; Garrido, F.; Campbell, C.G. & Garcia-Gonzolez, Maria Teresa
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Modeling the diffusion of Na+ in compacted water-saturated Na-bentonite as a function of pore water ionic strength

Description: Assessments of bentonite barrier performance in waste management scenarios require an accurate description of the diffusion of water and solutes through the barrier. A two-compartment macropore/nanopore model (on which smectite interlayer nanopores are treated as a distinct compartment of the overall pore space) was applied to describe the diffusion of {sup 22}Na{sup +} in compacted, water-saturated Na-bentonites and then compared with the well-known surface diffusion model. The two-compartment model successfully predicted the observed weak ionic strength dependence of the apparent diffusion coefficient (D{sub a}) of Na{sup +}, whereas the surface diffusion model did not, thus confirming previous research indicating the strong influence of interlayer nanopores on the properties of smectite clay barriers. Since bentonite mechanical properties and pore water chemistry have been described successfully with two-compartment models, the results in the present study represent an important contribution toward the construction of a comprehensive two-compartment model of compacted bentonite barriers.
Date: August 15, 2008
Creator: Bourg, I.C.; Sposito, G. & Bourg, A.C.M.
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Effect of cation exchange on major cation chemistry in the large scale redox experiment at Aespoe

Description: Predicting the chemical changes that result from excavating a repository below the groundwater table in granitic terrain is a major focus of the SKB geochemistry program. The modeling study presented here demonstrates that cation exchange can play a major role in controlling the fluid chemistry that results when groundwaters of differing composition mix due to flow induced by excavation of the HRL tunnel. The major goal of this study was to assess whether an equilibrium cation exchange model could explain the composition of groundwater sampled from boreholes in the HRL tunnel. Given the consistency of the cation exchange hypothesis with observations, geochemical modeling was used to assess whether the quantity of exchanger necessary to match model results and observation was physically reasonable. The impact of mineral dissolution and precipitation on fluid chemistry was also evaluated. Finally, the compositions of exchanger phases expected to be in equilibrium with various Aespoe groundwaters were predicted.
Date: October 1, 1994
Creator: Viani, B.E. & Bruton, C.J.
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Studies of altered vitrophyre for the prediction of nuclear waste repository - induced thermal alteration at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Description: Nuclear waste emplacement in devitrified volcanic tuff at Yucca Mountain will raise the temperature of surrounding rock for a geologically significant period of time. This study evaluates the susceptibility of an underlying 50-ft-thick vitrophyre to thermal alteration by examining alteration that occured in the rock as it cooled after deposition. A 10{sup 0}C temperature rise should have no mineralogical effects on the vitrophyre, but an increase of 60{sup 0} or more is likely to result in alteration. Expected mineralogic changes in the vitrophyre caused by this amount of thermal loading include crystallization of zeolites and smectite. Alteration will be concentrated of zeolites and smectite. Alteration will be concentrated in a thin interval near the top of the vitrophyre and along fractures. Adsorbed water and water in preexisting hydrous minerals and in glass may contribute to hydrothermal alteration of underlying vitrophyre. Bulk porosity change would be slight and local porosity increase would probably be restricted to the upper part of the vitrophyre. Although some fracture filling could occur, such a minor sealing effect would be balanced by development of secondary porosity. Zeolites and smectite, newly-crystallized along fluid flow paths below the waste repository, could provide an enhanced sorptive barrier to radionuclide migration. 21 references, 3 figures.
Date: December 31, 1983
Creator: Levy, S.S.
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Mineralogic summary of Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Description: Quantitative x-ray powder diffraction analysis of tuffs and silicic lavas, using matrix-flushing techniques, has been used to obtain a model of three-dimensional mineral distributions at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This method of analysis is especially useful in tuff, where the most abundant phases are commonly too fine grained for optical determination. The three-dimensional distributions of primary glass and of tridymite are particularly well constrained. Vitric nonwelded glasses occur above and below the welded devitrified Topopah Spring Member, but the glass in the lower nonwelded vitric zone is progressively altered to zeolites to the east where the zone is closer to the static water level. The zeolites clinoptilolite, mordenite, heulandite, and erionite have all been found at Yucca Mountain, but only mordenite and clinoptilolite are abundant and can be mapped between many drill holes and at many depths. Heulandite distribution is also mappable, but only below the densely welded devitrified part of the Topopah Storing Member. Erionite has been confirmed only once, as a fracture coating. There is a fairly continuous smectite-rich interval immediately above the basal vitrophyre of the Topopah Spring Member, but no evidence suggests that the smectites can provide information on the paleogroundwater table. There are at least four mappable zeolitized zones in Yucca Mountain, and the thicker zones tend to coincide with intervals that retained glass following early tuff devitrification. Problems in extrapolation occur where zones of welding pinch out. No phillipsite has been found, and some samples previously reported to contain phillipsite or erionite were reexamined with negative results. The deeper alteration to albite and analcime was not sampled in every drill hole, and the distribution of these phases is difficult to map.
Date: October 1, 1985
Creator: Bish, D.L. & Vaniman, D.T.
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Reactions of Attapulgite and Sepiolite in High-Temperature Drilling Fluids

Description: The fibrous clay minerals attapulgite and sepiolite have been subjected to hydrothermal reactions between 149 C (300 F) and 427 C (800 F). A 4% suspension of each of these clays was autoclaved for 16 to 24 hours with and without the addition of salts of NaCl and KC1 at 1% concentration. These fibrous clay minerals start to convert at 204 C (400 F) to a smectite with a lamellar morphology. In fact, attapulgite converts more readily than sepiolite, and the attapulgite-to-smectite transformation is fully completed at 316 C (600 F), whereas 20% to 50% of the sepiolite remains intact at this temperature. The conversion of the fibrous double- and triple-chain silicates of attapulgite and sepiolite to a layered silicate, such as smectite, favorably affects the rheology of the drilling fluids based on these clays. The mechanism of the conversion is, however, different for these fibrous clays. Attapulgite dissolves first and then smectite precipitates whereas this mechanism takes place for sepiolite at 316 C (600 F). Both attapulgite and sepiolite, and their reaction products, have been examined with an analytical electron microscope (JEM-100CX) in TEM, STEM, SEM, and SAD modes. The intensities of the characteristic X-ray spectra for the elements Mg, Al, Si, Fe, Ca, and K are measured. These observations indicate that (1) significant chemical differences exist between the fibrous clays and the smectites formed from them and (2) morphological features of the smectites vary with the temperature and with the presence of the salts in the system.
Date: January 1, 1981
Creator: Guven, N.; Carney, L. L. & Lee, L-J
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Final Technical Report

Description: This collaborative research project between Georgia State University (Prof. Elliott) and Oklahoma University (Profs. Elmore and Engle) is aimed at understanding further the measurement of the timing of geologic processes causing diagenetic events (e.g. burial metamorphism, thrust sheet burial, basinwide fluid migration, contact metamorphism) through combined application of paleomagnetic analyses and K-Ar age determination of illite. These diagnenetic events are known to heat rocks to temperatures sufficient to form crude oil and natural gas. Thus, improved knowledge of the timing of diagenetic events lead to improved burial history models for the exploration of crude oil and natural gas (e.g. Pevear, 1999). Our principal working hypothesis is that the authigenesis of magnetic mineral phases results also from the conversion of smectite to illite and the ages of these diagenetic events can be constrained by comparing the ages of chemical remanent magnetizations (CRMs) to independently measurements of K-Ar age of diagenetic illite. In this study, we have tested the hypothesized connection between smectite to illite (i.e clay diagenesis) and remagnetization by conducting K-Ar dating of authigenic illites in units in Scotland and Montana (e.g., Elliott et al., 2006a; Elliott et al., 2006b).
Date: January 26, 2006
Creator: Elliott, W. Crawford
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FY03 DNAPL Characterization of the A-14 Outfall

Description: Residual dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) contamination continues to be one of the most challenging remediation and characterization problems at SRS and sites around the world. Chlorinated solvents were usually released as DNAPLs to/the subsurface where they move in an unstable fashion driven by gravitational and,capillary forces. They are often retained in small discrete blobs in fine grain materials in the vadose zone and contaminate ground water by slow continuous release through dissolution and diffusion. Locating these small sources is a difficult but crucial part of remediating a contaminated site. Several methods have been developed to locate subsurface DNAPL but nearly all are intrusive and can only identify DNAPL in close proximity to the access hole. Minimally invasive geophysical methods to locate residual DNAPL have been proposed and developed but few methods are capable of the spatial resolution required. Complex resistivity measurements sensitive to DNAPL (perchloroethylene) interactions with clay (smectite) have recently been shown to have promise in laboratory experiments. Based on these laboratory results, field tests of the complex resistivity technique were performed at the A-014 outfall.
Date: January 14, 2004
Creator: Riha, BD
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The behavior of silicon and boron in the surface of corroded nuclear waste glasses : an EFTEM study.

Description: Using electron energy-loss filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), we have observed the formation of silicon-rich zones on the corroded surface of a West Valley (WV6) glass. This layer is approximately 100-200 nm thick and is directly underneath a precipitated smectite clay layer. Under conventional (C)TEM illumination, this layer is invisible; indeed, more commonly used analytical techniques, such as x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), have failed to describe fully the localized changes in the boron and silicon contents across this region. Similar silicon-rich and boron-depleted zones were not found on corroded Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) borosilicate glasses, including SRL-EA and SRL-51, although they possessed similar-looking clay layers. This study demonstrates a new tool for examining the corroded surfaces of materials.
Date: November 23, 1999
Creator: Buck, E. C.; Smith, K. L. & Blackford, M. G.
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Sorption Behavior of Strontium-85 Onto Colloids of Silica and Smectite

Description: Strontium-90 is one of the sizable radioactive contaminants found in DP Canyon at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Radioactive surveys found the {sup 90}Sr is present in surface and groundwater in DP Canyon and Los Alamos Canyon. Colloids may influence the transport of this radionuclide in surface water and groundwater environments in both canyons. In this study, we investigated the sorption/desorption behavior of Sr on colloids of smectite and silica. Laboratory batch sorption experiments were conducted using {sup 85}Sr as a surrogate to {sup 90}Sr. Groundwater, collected from DP Canyon and from Well J-13 at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and deionized water were used in this study. Our results show that 92% to 100% of {sup 85}Sr was rapidly adsorbed onto smectite colloids in all three waters. The concentrations of Ca{sup 2+} significantly influence the adsorption of {sup 85}Sr onto silica colloids. Desorption of {sup 85}Sr from smectite colloids is much slower than the sorption process. Desorption of {sup 85}Sr from silica colloids was rapid in DP groundwater and slow using J-13 groundwater and deionized water.
Date: November 10, 1998
Creator: Lu, N.; Triay, I.R.; Mason, C.F.V. & Longmire, P.A.
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Relationship of shale dewatering and smectite dehydration to undercompaction occurrence. Final report, October 1995--September 1996

Description: The cause(s) of abnormal fluid pressures in sedimentary basins are not clearly understood. One step in determining the mechanism(s) of abnormal pressure generation in sedimentary basins is to develop and understanding of the relationship among undercompacted shale, abnormal pressure, and temperature. The research focused on understanding undercompaction and how it related to smectite-illite conversion. A series of carefully designed experiments were used to help clarify and evaluate the relationship of smectite-illite transformation to undercompaction. Work was performed at the East Flour Bluff oil field, Nueces County, TX and the Ann Mag oil field, south TX.
Date: December 1, 1996
Creator: Leftwich, J.T. Jr.
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Solid state 13C NMR analysis of shales and coals from Laramide Basins. Final report, March 1, 1995--March 31, 1996

Description: This Western Research Institute (WRI) jointly sponsored research (JSR) project augmented and complemented research conducted by the University of Wyoming Institute For Energy Research for the Gas Research Institute. The project, {open_quotes}A New Innovative Exploitation Strategy for Gas Accumulations Within Pressure Compartments,{close_quotes} was a continuation of a project funded by the GRI Pressure Compartmentalization Program that began in 1990. That project, {open_quotes}Analysis of Pressure Chambers and Seals in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana,{close_quotes} characterized a new class of hydrocarbon traps, the discovery of which can provide an impetus to revitalize the domestic petroleum industry. In support of the UW Institute For Energy Research`s program on pressure compartmentalization, solid-state {sup 13}C NMR measurements were made on sets of shales and coals from different Laramide basins in North America. NMR measurements were made on samples taken from different formations and depths of burial in the Alberta, Bighorn, Denver, San Juan, Washakie, and Wind River basins. The carbon aromaticity determined by NMR was shown to increase with depth of burial and increased maturation. In general, the NMR data were in agreement with other maturational indicators, such as vitrinite reflectance, illite/smectite ratio, and production indices. NMR measurements were also obtained on residues from hydrous pyrolysis experiments on Almond and Lance Formation coals from the Washakie Basin. These data were used in conjunction with mass and elemental balance data to obtain information about the extent of carbon aromatization that occurs during artificial maturation. The data indicated that 41 and 50% of the original aliphatic carbon in the Almond and Lance coals, respectively, aromatized during hydrous pyrolysis.
Date: December 31, 1998
Creator: Miknis, F.P.; Jiao, Z.S.; Zhao, Hanqing & Surdam, R.C.
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Parametric effects on glass reaction in the unsaturated test method

Description: The Unsaturated Test Method has been applied to study glass reaction under conditions that may be present at the potential Yucca Mountain site, currently under evaluation for storage of reprocessed high-level nuclear waste. The results from five separate sets of parametric experiments are presented wherein test parameters ranging from water contact volume to sensitization of metal in contact with the glass were examined. The most significant effect was observed when the volume of water, as controlled by the water inject volume and interval period, was such to allow exfoliation of reacted glass to occur. The extent of reaction was also influenced to a lesser extent by the degree of sensitization of the 304L stainless steel. For each experiment, the release of cations from the glass and alteration of the glass were examined. The major alteration product is a smectite clay that forms both from precipitation from solution and from in-situ alteration of the glass itself. It is this clay that undergoes exfoliation as water drips from the glass. A comparison is made between the results of the parametric experiments with those of static leach tests. In the static tests the rates of release become progressively reduced through 39 weeks while, in contrast, they remain relatively constant in the parametric experiments for at least 300 weeks. This differing behavior may be attributable to the dripping water environment where fresh water is periodically added and where evaporation can occur.
Date: December 1, 1991
Creator: Woodland, A.B.; Bates, J.K. & Gerding, T.J.
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Anomalous small angle x-ray scattering study of layered silicate clays containing Ni(II) and Er(III)

Description: These studies concern the synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts and the incorporation of heavy metals in trapping media. The Ni(II) containing clays were synthesized at 200{degree}C whereas those containing Er(III) were ion-exchanged natural clays. For the first system, ASAXS data were measured at 5 different energies near the K{alpha} edge of Ni at three different reaction times: unreacted, 4 hrs, and 15 hrs, when the crystallization is essentially complete. The data for the unreacted sample showed no correlations for a lamellar particle, while that reacted for 4 hrs indicated the evolution of lamella, and the crystallized sample (15 hrs) exhibits much larger lamellar correlations. Systematic variations are seen in the data for the 4 hr and 15 hr samples that are due to the anomalous scattering from the ordered Ni atoms in the layered silicates. The erbium study provides the first scattering measurements of heavy metal ion salvation and migration in clays, which has implications for both catalysis and environmental issues. Systematic energy-dependent variations in the signals near the L{sub III} edge of Er are observed for the hydrated sample, but not for the ``dry,`` as-prepared sample.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Thiyagarajan, P.; Carrado, K.A.; Wasserman, S.R.; Song, K. & Winans, R.E.
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Overcoming Barriers to the Remediation of Carbon Tetrachloride Through Manipulation of Competing Reaction Mechanisms

Description: Quantify the kinetics of all competing product-formation pathways, over a range of conditions relevant to groundwater remediation, using well-mixed batch reactors and analysis primarily by chromatography. At OGI, batch experiments were conducted on Fe(0) systems (both Fisher Electrolytic and Nano-sized iron). The experiments were done with and without buffer. The buffered experiments tried to contrast two buffers: an organic buffer (EPPS, presumably a H atom donor), and the inorganic borate. In the buffered experiments, the pH was varied (7.3 and 8.4). For the pre-exposure treatment, after trying a variety of methods, like shaking and not shaking for varied amounts of time, it was decided to stick with not shaking and have a pre-exposure of 24 hours. The unbuffered data did not show any marked trend with increasing mass of Felc. However, 3.5 g of Fe showed about 100% conversion to CHCl3, and 1g of Fe showed 50% conversion. At pHs 8.4 and 7.3, there was no trend observed for branching ratios between EPPS and Borate buffer. kCT (disappearance rate constant of carbon tetrachloride) values were found to be different from CT and CF fits. Experiments with nano-iron (unbuffered, buffered with both buffers at pH 8.3), did not show any trend with respect to Fisher Iron, except for the unbuffered experiments, where the CF ''yield'' was less in the nano iron case. Future experiments involve testing for chloride, formate and CO, and performing experiments over a wider range of pH and buffers. Batch experiments were conducted at PNNL to compare the efficiency and product distribution of representative Fe(II) and Fe(0) systems applied to dechlorination of CCl4. These experiments involved (1) a smectite clay with Fe(III) in its structure that had been reduced to Fe(II) by dithionite treatment, (2) the same clay to which Fe(II) was added as an exchangeable cation, (3) ...
Date: June 1, 2003
Creator: Tratnyek, Paul G.
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Reactive geothermal transport simulation to study the formation mechanism of impermeable barrier between acidic and neutral fluid zones in the Onikobe Geothermal Field, Japan

Description: Two types of fluids are encountered in the Onikobe geothermal reservoir, one is neutral and the other is acidic (pH=3). It is hypothesized that acidic fluid might be upwelling along a fault zone and that an impermeable barrier might be present between the acidic and neutral fluid zones. We carried out reactive geothermal transport simulations using TOUGHREACT (Xu and Pruess, 1998 and 2001) to test such a conceptual model. Mn-rich smectite precipitated near the mixing front and is likely to form an impermeable barrier between regions with acidic and neutral fluids.
Date: March 9, 2003
Creator: Todaka, Norifumi; Akasaka, Chitosi; Xu, Tianfu & Pruess, Karsten
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Kinetic measurements on the silicates of the Yucca Mountain potential repository. [Final report], January--September 1994

Description: The principal effort has been concentrated on the preparation of clean clinoptilolite, quartz, and boehmite and then reaction of the natural clinoptilolite solid solution to the Naendmember, plus measurements of the endmember solubility to derive an accurate equilibrium constant for the clinoptilolite dissolution reaction, correctly speciated. We are very pleased with the consistency between the best calorimetrically measured and modeled equilibrium constants and those we have determined from 125{degrees}C to 265{degrees}C. These results now provide a basis for relating measurements of reaction rates to departures from equilibrium.
Date: August 25, 1994
Creator: Barnes, H.L. & Wilkin, R.T.
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Hydrothermal factors in porosity evolution and caprock formation at the Geysers steam field, California--insight from the Geysers Coring Project

Description: The Department of Energy (DOE)/geothermal industry-sponsored Geysers Coring Project (GCP) has yielded 236.8 m of continuous core apparently spanning the transition between the uppermost Geysers steam reservoir and its caprock. Both zones in the corehole are developed in superficially similar, fractured, complexly veined and locally sericitized, Franciscan (late Mesozoic) graywacke-argillite sequences. However, whereas the reservoir rocks host two major fluid conduits (potential steam entries), the caprock is only sparingly permeable. This discrepancy appears to reflect principally vein texture and mineralogy. Two types of veins are common in the core--randomly-oriented, Franciscan metamorphic quartz-calcite veins; and high-angle, late Cenozoic veins deposited by The Geysers hydrothermal system. The older veins locally contain hydrothermal carbonate-dissolution vugs, which, although concentrated at the larger fluid conduit, are scattered throughout the core. The younger veins, commonly with intercrystalline vugs, consist dominantly of euhedral quartz, calcite, K-feldspar, wairakite, and pyrite--those in the reservoir rock also contain minor epidote and illite. The corresponding caprock veins are devoid of epidote but contain abundant, late-stage, mixed-layer illite/smecite (5-18% smectite interlayers) with minor chlorite/smectite (40-45% smectite interlayers). We suggest that clots of these two expandable clays in the caprock clog otherwise permeable veins and carbonate-dissolution networks at strategic sites to produce or enhance the seal on the underlying steam reservoir. Illite/smectite geothermometry indicates that the SB-15-D caprock clays were precipitated in the approximate temperature range 180-218 C, and those in the reservoir at about 218-238 C. These temperatures, along with occurrence of the clays on commonly etched calcite, K-feldspar, or wairakite, suggest that the clays were precipitated from mildly acidic steam condensate under conditions similar to those now prevailing.
Date: January 26, 1995
Creator: Hulen, Jeffrey B. & Nielson, Dennis L.
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Development of a Composite Non-Electrostatic Surface Complexation Model Describing Plutonium Sorption to Aluminosilicates

Description: Due to their ubiquity in nature and chemical reactivity, aluminosilicate minerals play an important role in retarding actinide subsurface migration. However, very few studies have examined Pu interaction with clay minerals in sufficient detail to produce a credible mechanistic model of its behavior. In this work, Pu(IV) and Pu(V) interactions with silica, gibbsite (Aloxide), and Na-montmorillonite (smectite clay) were examined as a function of time and pH. Sorption of Pu(IV) and Pu(V) to gibbsite and silica increased with pH (4 to 10). The Pu(V) sorption edge shifted to lower pH values over time and approached that of Pu(IV). This behavior is apparently due to surface mediated reduction of Pu(V) to Pu(IV). Surface complexation constants describing Pu(IV)/Pu(V) sorption to aluminol and silanol groups were developed from the silica and gibbsite sorption experiments and applied to the montmorillonite dataset. The model provided an acceptable fit to the montmorillonite sorption data for Pu(V). In order to accurately predict Pu(IV) sorption to montmorillonite, the model required inclusion of ion exchange. The objective of this work is to measure the sorption of Pu(IV) and Pu(V) to silica, gibbsite, and smectite (montmorillonite). Aluminosilicate minerals are ubiquitous at the Nevada National Security Site and improving our understanding of Pu sorption to aluminosilicates (smectite clays in particular) is essential to the accurate prediction of Pu transport rates. These data will improve the mechanistic approach for modeling the hydrologic source term (HST) and provide sorption Kd parameters for use in CAU models. In both alluvium and tuff, aluminosilicates have been found to play a dominant role in the radionuclide retardation because their abundance is typically more than an order of magnitude greater than other potential sorbing minerals such as iron and manganese oxides (e.g. Vaniman et al., 1996). The sorption database used in recent HST models (Carle et al., ...
Date: October 28, 2008
Creator: Powell, B A; Kersting, A; Zavarin, M & Zhao, P
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Np and Pu Sorption to Manganese Oxide Minerals

Description: Manganese oxide minerals are a significant component of the fracture lining mineralogy at Yucca Mountain (Carlos et al., 1993) and within the tuff-confining unit at Yucca Flat (Prothro, 1998), Pahute Mesa (Drellack et al., 1997), and other locations at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Radionuclide sorption to manganese oxide minerals was not included in recent Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hydrologic source term (HST) models which attempt to predict the migration behavior of radionuclides away from underground nuclear tests. However, experiments performed for the Yucca Mountain Program suggest that these minerals may control much of the retardation of certain radionuclides, particularly Np and Pu (Triay et al., 1991; Duff et al., 1999). As a result, recent HST model results may significantly overpredict radionuclide transport away from underground nuclear tests. The sorption model used in HST calculations performed at LLNL includes sorption to iron oxide, calcite, zeolite, smectite, and mica minerals (Zavarin and Bruton 2004a; 2004b). For the majority of radiologic source term (RST) radionuclides, we believe that this accounts for the dominant sorption processes controlling transport. However, for the case of Np, sorption is rather weak to all but the iron and manganese oxides (Figure 1). Thus, we can expect to significantly reduce predicted Np transport by accounting for Np sorption to manganese oxides. Similarly, Pu has been shown to be predominantly associated with manganese oxides in Yucca Mountain fractured tuffs (Duff et al., 1999). Recent results on colloid-facilitated Pu transport (Kersting and Reimus, 2003) also suggest that manganese oxide coatings on fracture surfaces may compete with colloids for Pu, thus reducing the effects of colloid-facilitated Pu transport (Figure 1b). The available data suggest that it is important to incorporate Np and Pu sorption to manganese oxides in reactive transport models. However, few data are available for inclusion in our ...
Date: August 30, 2005
Creator: Zhao, P; Johnson, M R; Roberts, S K & Zavarin, M
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Recent drilling activities at the earth power resources Tuscarora geothermal power project's hot sulphur springs lease area.

Description: Earth Power Resources, Inc. recently completed a combined rotary/core hole to a depth of 3,813 feet at it's Hot Sulphur Springs Tuscarora Geothermal Power Project Lease Area located 70-miles north of Elko, Nevada. Previous geothermal exploration data were combined with geologic mapping and newly acquired seismic-reflection data to identify a northerly tending horst-graben structure approximately 2,000 feet wide by at least 6,000 feet long with up to 1,700 feet of vertical offset. The well (HSS-2) was successfully drilled through a shallow thick sequence of altered Tertiary Volcanic where previous exploration wells had severe hole-caving problems. The ''tight-hole'' drilling problems were reduced using drilling fluids consisting of Polymer-based mud mixed with 2% Potassium Chloride (KCl) to reduce Smectite-type clay swelling problems. Core from the 330 F fractured geothermal reservoir system at depths of 2,950 feet indicated 30% Smectite type clays existed in a fault-gouge zone where total loss of circulation occurred during coring. Smectite-type clays are not typically expected at temperatures above 300 F. The fracture zone at 2,950 feet exhibited a skin-damage during injection testing suggesting that the drilling fluids may have caused clay swelling and subsequent geothermal reservoir formation damage. The recent well drilling experiences indicate that drilling problems in the shallow clays at Hot Sulphur Springs can be reduced. In addition, average penetration rates through the caprock system can be on the order of 25 to 35 feet per hour. This information has greatly reduced the original estimated well costs that were based on previous exploration drilling efforts. Successful production formation drilling will depend on finding drilling fluids that will not cause formation damage in the Smectite-rich fractured geothermal reservoir system. Information obtained at Hot Sulphur Springs may apply to other geothermal systems developed in volcanic settings.
Date: March 1, 2005
Creator: Goranson, Colin
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