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Sediment properties and water movement through shallow unsaturated alluvium at an arid site for disposal of low-level radioactive waste near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada

Water-Resources Investigations Report 92-4032

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Abstract

A commercial disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste has been in operation near Beatty, Nevada, since 1962. The facility is in the arid Amargosa Desert where wastes are buried in trenches excavated into unsaturated alluvial sediments. Thick unsaturated zones in arid environments offer many potential advantages for disposal of radioactive wastes, but little is known about the natural movement of water near such facilities. Thus, a study was begun in 1982 to better define the direction and rates of water movement through the unsaturated zone in undisturbed sediments near the disposal facility. This report discusses the analyses of data collected between 1983 and 1988.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Sediment properties and water movement through shallow unsaturated alluvium at an arid site for disposal of low-level radioactive waste near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
92-4032
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Nevada Water Science Center
Description:
vi, 48 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Nevada
County:
Nye County
City:
Beatty
Other Geospatial:
Amargosa Desert