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Title: Temperature Profiles and Hydrologic Implications from the Nevada Test Site

Temperature Profiles and Hydrologic Implications from the Nevada Test Site In this investigation, 145 previously recorded temperature logs from 63 boreholes on or near the NTS were examined. Thirteen of these temperature logs were determined to be suitable for the determination of heat flow values. Additionally, 36 new temperature profiles were obtained in the field, either to validate existing temperature profiles, or to provide additional temperature profiles for heat flow determination. Of these, 23 boreholes were found to have temperature profiles suitable for the determination of additional heat flow values from one or more intervals within the boreholes. Comparison of the previously existing and relogged temperature profiles, in general, displayed excellent correlations, and demonstrated the usefulness and reliability of existing temperature profiles from the NTS. Heat flow values for intervals contained within the 36 boreholes from which values could be determined ranged from a low of 8.0 mW m-2 to a high of 181.6 mW m-2. Vertical variations in heat flow values, within individual boreholes, were readily explained by the advection of heat by groundwater flow. Horizontal consistencies and variations in heat flow values between various boreholes were dependent upon the geologic setting of the borehole, and the effect of vertical fluid movement. Temperature profiles are extremely easy and inexpensive more » to obtain. Considerable hydrologic information can be determined from the examination of a single temperature profile; however, if sufficient spatially distributed heat flow values are obtained, a heat transport model of the NTS could be used to reduce the uncertainty of nonisothermal hydrologic models. « less
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 841028
Report Number(s):DOE/NV/13609-40; 45211
TRN: US200513%%167
DOE Contract Number:AC52-00NV13609
Resource Type:Technical Report
Resource Relation:Other Information: PBD: 1 Mar 2005
Research Org:Desert Research Institute, University and Community College System of Nevada (US)
Sponsoring Org:US Department of Energy; USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
Country of Publication:United States