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Uranium-series dating of secondary carbonates near Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Applications to tectonic, paleoclimatic, and paleohydrologic problems

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Abstract

Near-surface accumulations of secondary carbonates are common in the soils and sediments of the Yucca Mountain area. These carbonates contain small amounts of uranium that allow dating by the uranium-series disequilibrium method. Preliminary results from the Yucca Mountain area indicate that the U-series methods can (1) identify multiple episodes of tectonic fracturing, (2) provide a chronologic framework for paleoclimatically significant eolian deposits, and (3) place constraints on the probable source of waters from which the carbonates precipitated.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Uranium-series dating of secondary carbonates near Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Applications to tectonic, paleoclimatic, and paleohydrologic problems
ISBN 0872627519
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher Publ by ASCE
Publisher location Boston, MA, United States
First page 924
Last page 929
Conference Title Proceedings of the 1st International Topical Meeting on High Level Radioactive Waste Management. Part 1
Conference Location Las Vegas, NV, USA
Conference Date 8 April 1990 through 12 April 1990
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