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Title: Geohydrology of Bandelier Tuff

Abstract

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has been disposing of radioactive wastes since 1944. Environmental studies and monitoring for radioactive contamination started concurrently. In this report, only two mechanisms and rates by which the radionuclides can enter the environment are studied in detail: subsurface transport of radionuclides by migrating water, and diffusion of tritiated water (HTO) in the vapor phase. The report also includes a section concerning the influence of moisture on shear strength and possible resulting subsidences occurring in the pit overburdens. Because subsurface transport of radionuclides is influenced by the hydraulic conductivity and this in turn is regulated by the moisture content of any given material, a study was also undertaken involving precipitation, the most important climatic element influencing the geohydrology of any given area. Further work is in progress to correlate HTO emanation to atmospheric and pedological properties, especially including thermal characteristics of the tuff.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5575989
Report Number(s):
LA-8962-MS
ON: DE82004678; TRN: 82-005141
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; LASL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; LEACHING; RADIOISOTOPES; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; TUFF; HYDROLOGY; CLIMATES; DIFFUSION; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE PATHWAY; GEOLOGY; GROUND DISPOSAL; RUNOFF; TRITIUM; BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; DISSOLUTION; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; HYDROGEN ISOTOPES; ISOTOPES; LIGHT NUCLEI; MANAGEMENT; MASS TRANSFER; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEI; ODD-EVEN NUCLEI; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; US AEC; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; 510302* - Environment, Terrestrial- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- Terrestrial Ecosystems & Food Chains- (-1987); 580100 - Geology & Hydrology- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Abeele, M.V., Wheeler, M.L., and Burton, B.W. Geohydrology of Bandelier Tuff. United States: N. p., 1981. Web. doi:10.2172/5575989.
Abeele, M.V., Wheeler, M.L., & Burton, B.W. Geohydrology of Bandelier Tuff. United States. doi:10.2172/5575989.
Abeele, M.V., Wheeler, M.L., and Burton, B.W. Thu . "Geohydrology of Bandelier Tuff". United States. doi:10.2172/5575989. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5575989.
@article{osti_5575989,
title = {Geohydrology of Bandelier Tuff},
author = {Abeele, M.V. and Wheeler, M.L. and Burton, B.W.},
abstractNote = {The Los Alamos National Laboratory has been disposing of radioactive wastes since 1944. Environmental studies and monitoring for radioactive contamination started concurrently. In this report, only two mechanisms and rates by which the radionuclides can enter the environment are studied in detail: subsurface transport of radionuclides by migrating water, and diffusion of tritiated water (HTO) in the vapor phase. The report also includes a section concerning the influence of moisture on shear strength and possible resulting subsidences occurring in the pit overburdens. Because subsurface transport of radionuclides is influenced by the hydraulic conductivity and this in turn is regulated by the moisture content of any given material, a study was also undertaken involving precipitation, the most important climatic element influencing the geohydrology of any given area. Further work is in progress to correlate HTO emanation to atmospheric and pedological properties, especially including thermal characteristics of the tuff.},
doi = {10.2172/5575989},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {10}
}