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Geochemistry of natural components in the near-field environment, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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Abstract

The natural near-field environment in and around the emplacement drifts of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, includes the host rock, dust, seepage, and pore water. The chemical compositions of these components have been determined for assessing possible chemical and mineralogical reactions that may occur after nuclear waste is emplaced. The rock hosting the proposed repository is relatively uniform as shown by a mean coefficient of variation (CV) of 9 percent for major elements. In contrast, compositional variations of dust (bulk and water-soluble fractions), pore water, and seepage are large with mean CVs ranging from 28 to 64 percent. ?? 2007 Materials Research Society.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Geochemistry of natural components in the near-field environment, Yucca Mountain, Nevada
ISBN:
9781558999428
Volume
985
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Title:
Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
First page:
541
Last page:
550
Number of Pages:
10
Conference Title:
2006 MRS Fall Meeting
Conference Location:
Boston, MA
Conference Date:
27 November 2006 through 1 December 2006