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Results of hydrologic tests and water-chemistry analyses, wells H-5A, H-5B, and H-5C, at the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site, southeastern New Mexico

Water-Resources Investigations Report 82-19

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Abstract

Data were collected during hydrologic testing at wells H-5A, H-5B, and H-5C in the northeastern part of the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site in southeastern New Mexico. The three water-bearing zones tested, the Magenta and Culebra Dolomite Members of the Rustler Formation and the Rustler Formation-Salado Formation contact, yield water to wells at rates less than 0.6 gallon per minute. Throughout the testing, water-pressure response in the tested zone was monitored by a pressure-transducer system. Shut-in and slug tests were conducted to acquire data. Water samples from the Magenta Dolomite Member, Culebra Dolomite Member, and Rustler Formation-Salado Formation contact had dissolved-solids concentrations of 6,090, 144,000, and 412,000 milligrams per liter, respectively. The major chemical constituents of water samples from the Magenta Dolomite Member were sodium and sulfate; from the Culebra Dolomite Member, sodium and chloride; and from the Rustler Formation-Salado Formation contact, magnesium, and chloride. Radium-226, a naturally occurring radioactive element, was present in samples from all three zones. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Results of hydrologic tests and water-chemistry analyses, wells H-5A, H-5B, and H-5C, at the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site, southeastern New Mexico
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
82-19
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1982
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description:
viii, 83 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.