Tritium in water vapor in the shallow unsaturated zone at the Amargosa Desert Research Site

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Edited by: David W. Morganwalp and Herbert T. Buxton

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Abstract

Samples of water vapor in soil gas were obtained at the U.S. Geological Survey's Amargosa Desert Research Site in 1997 and 1998 from a depth of 1.5 m (meters) within a 300 m by 300 m grid that lies immediately to the south and west of a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site. The gas samples were analyzed for tritium. Fifty-eight samples were collected in May 1997; 61 samples were collected in June 1998. Measured tritium concentrations ranged from 16 ± 9 TU (tritium units) to 36,900 ± 300 TU in 1997, and from 6 ± 6 TU to 37,360 ± 450 TU in 1998. Concentrations decreased from northeast to southwest across the grid. In general, there was very little difference in tritium concentrations between the two sampling periods.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Tritium in water vapor in the shallow unsaturated zone at the Amargosa Desert Research Site
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location West Trenton, NJ
Contributing office(s) Nevada Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program: Proceedings of the technical meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: Volume 3 (Part C) (WRI 99-4018C)
First page 485
Last page 490
Conference Title Seventh Technical Meeting of the U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Conference Location Charleston, SC
Conference Date March 8-12, 1999
Country United States
State Nevada
Other Geospatial Amargosa Desert Research Site