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An Evaluation of Seismic Reflection Studies in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada Test Site

Open-File Report 83-912

Prepared for Nevada Operations Office, U.S. Department of Energy
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Abstract

As part of a total geophysical evaluation of Yucca Mountain for use as a Nuclear Waste Repository the seismic reflection technique has been applied. This study has been conducted to analyze the historical and technical efforts which have been used by three geophysical contractors employing a wide variety of techniques ranging from the most simple to very elaborate 3-D surveys. In each case elaborate noise studies were conducted, and based upon their evaluation parameters were chosen for multifold CDP recording. In every case, the signal-to-noise ratio was such that no reflections were discernable. Since the reflections cannot be separated from the noise even using very elaborate noise suppression techniques and up to 384 fold multiplicity it is apparent that in this volcanic terrain reflection surveys, can not work.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
An Evaluation of Seismic Reflection Studies in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada Test Site
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
83-912
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1983
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
viii, 59 p.