To analyze infiltration and the redistribution of moisture in alluvial deposits at Yucca Mountain, water content profiles at a 13.5 m deep borehole were measured at monthly intervals using a neutron moisture probe. Increases in water content to a maximum depth of 1.8 m in response to winter season precipitation were noted. Below a depth of 1.8 m, a gradual drying trend was indicated. A simulation study showed that, although small amounts of water may be percolating through the deep nonwetted ones of the profile, the influence of climatic variability on infiltration through thick alluvial deposits at Yucca Mountain is greatly mitigated by evapotranspiration.
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Influence of seasonal climatic variability on shallow infiltration at Yucca Mountain
Publ by ASCE
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
High Level Radioactive Waste Management
Proceedings of the 4th Annual International Conference on High Level Radioactive Waste Management