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Tectonic characterization of a potential high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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Abstract

Tectonic characterization of a potential high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is needed to assess seismic and possible volcanic hazards that could affect the site during the preclosure (next 100 years) and the behavior of the hydrologic system during the postclosure (the following 10,000 years) periods. Tectonic characterization is based on assembling mapped geological structures in their chronological order of development and activity, and interpreting their dynamic interrelationships. Addition of mechanistic models and kinematic explanations for the identified tectonic processes provides one or more tectonic models having predictive power. Proper evaluation and application of tectonic models can aid in seismic design and help anticipate probable occurrence of future geologic events of significance to the repository and its design.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Tectonic characterization of a potential high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada
ISBN:
0872629457
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
Dynamic Analysis and Design Considerations for High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories
First page:
85
Last page:
96
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the Dynamic Analysis and Design Considerations for High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories
Conference Location:
San Francisco, CA, USA
Conference Date:
19 August 1992 through 20 August 1992