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Title: Geologic surface effects of underground nuclear testing, Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

Abstract

This report presents a new Geographic Information System composite map of the geologic surface effects caused by underground nuclear testing in the Yucca Flat Physiographic Area of the Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada. The Nevada Test Site (NTS) was established in 1951 as a continental location for testing nuclear devices (Allen and others, 1997, p.3). Originally known as the ''Nevada Proving Ground'', the NTS hosted a total of 928 nuclear detonations, of which 828 were conducted underground (U.S. Department of Energy, 1994). Three principal testing areas of the NTS were used: (1) Yucca Flat, (2) Pahute Mesa, and (3) Rainier Mesa including Aqueduct Mesa. Underground detonations at Yucca Flat and Pahute Mesa were typically emplaced in vertical drill holes, while others were tunnel emplacements. Of the three testing areas, Yucca Flat was the most extensively used, hosting 658 underground tests (747 detonations) located at 719 individual sites (Allen and others, 1997, p.3-4). Figure 1 shows the location of Yucca Flat and other testing areas of the NTS. Figure 2 shows the locations of underground nuclear detonation sites at Yucca Flat. Table 1 lists the number of underground nuclear detonations conducted, the number of borehole sites utilized, and the numbermore » of detonations mapped for surface effects at Yucca Flat by NTS Operational Area.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
United States Geological Survey - Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Nevada Operations Office (NVOO) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
756465
Report Number(s):
USGS-OFR-00-176
TRN: US200202%%375
DOE Contract Number:  
AI08-96NV11967
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 31 May 2000; PBD: 31 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; BOREHOLES; EXPLOSIONS; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; NEVADA TEST SITE; TESTING; UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS; NUCLEAR TEST SITES; GEOLOGIC SURFACE EFFECTS; YUCCA FLAT; NEVADA

Citation Formats

Grasso, D.N. Geologic surface effects of underground nuclear testing, Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/756465.
Grasso, D.N. Geologic surface effects of underground nuclear testing, Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. United States. doi:10.2172/756465.
Grasso, D.N. Wed . "Geologic surface effects of underground nuclear testing, Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada". United States. doi:10.2172/756465. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/756465.
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title = {Geologic surface effects of underground nuclear testing, Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada},
author = {Grasso, D.N.},
abstractNote = {This report presents a new Geographic Information System composite map of the geologic surface effects caused by underground nuclear testing in the Yucca Flat Physiographic Area of the Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada. The Nevada Test Site (NTS) was established in 1951 as a continental location for testing nuclear devices (Allen and others, 1997, p.3). Originally known as the ''Nevada Proving Ground'', the NTS hosted a total of 928 nuclear detonations, of which 828 were conducted underground (U.S. Department of Energy, 1994). Three principal testing areas of the NTS were used: (1) Yucca Flat, (2) Pahute Mesa, and (3) Rainier Mesa including Aqueduct Mesa. Underground detonations at Yucca Flat and Pahute Mesa were typically emplaced in vertical drill holes, while others were tunnel emplacements. Of the three testing areas, Yucca Flat was the most extensively used, hosting 658 underground tests (747 detonations) located at 719 individual sites (Allen and others, 1997, p.3-4). Figure 1 shows the location of Yucca Flat and other testing areas of the NTS. Figure 2 shows the locations of underground nuclear detonation sites at Yucca Flat. Table 1 lists the number of underground nuclear detonations conducted, the number of borehole sites utilized, and the number of detonations mapped for surface effects at Yucca Flat by NTS Operational Area.},
doi = {10.2172/756465},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
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