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Physical and hydraulic properties of volcanic rocks from Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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Abstract

A database of physical and hydraulic properties was developed for rocks in the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, a site under consideration as a geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste. The 5320 core samples were collected from 23 shallow (<100 m) and 10 deep (500-1000 m) vertical boreholes. Hydrogeologic units have been characterized in the unsaturated zone [Flint, 1998] that represent rocks with ranges of welding, lithophysae, and high and low temperature alteration (as a result of the depositional, cooling, and alterational history of the lithostratigraphic layers). Lithostratigraphy, the hydrogeologic unit, and the corresponding properties are described. In addition, the physical properties of bulk density, porosity, and particle density; the hydraulic properties of saturated hydraulic conductivity and moisture retention characteristics; and the field water content were measured and compiled for each core sample.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Physical and hydraulic properties of volcanic rocks from Yucca Mountain, Nevada
Series title:
Water Resources Research
Volume
39
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article