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Contributions of Geology to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Contributions de la Geologie au Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 0412 041a 041b 0410 0414 0413 0415 041e 0414 ; Contribucion de la Geologia a la Resolucion de los Problemas que Plantea la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos

Abstract

The earth is the sphere of interest of the geologist, and it is the only place on or in which wastes can he dispersed or stored. In that sense, problems of radioactive waste disposal are primarily geological. Accumulated geologic knowledge and established principles have been applied widely in the United States to problems of disposal, and the unique nature of these problems has led to research and significant advances of knowledge in specialized aspects of geology. A common activity has been appraisal of sites for nuclear energy facilities. This includes analysis and evaluation of geologic, topographic, hydrologic, geochemical and seismic factors. Also, regional analyses are made of the gross characteristics of. major physical subdivisions of the United States and the relation of these characteristics to waste storage and disposal. Special problems include the actual and potential behaviour of ordinary wastes in specific geologic environments. Other studies concern possible use of structural basins, stratigraphic traps, and salt beds and salt domes for storage and containment of high-level waste. Much general and some detailed study has been made of background radiometry. Water is the critical factor in waste disposal; accordingly certain natural processes by which water may be purified or chemically altered  More>>
Authors:
Nace, R. L. [1] 
  1. Water Resources Division, Geological Survey, Washington 25, DC (United States)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1960
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes, Monaco (Monaco), 16-21 Nov 1959; Other Information: 40 refs.; Related Information: In: Disposal of Radioactive Wastes. Vol. II. Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes| 586 p.
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; GEOCHEMISTRY; GEOLOGIC FORMATIONS; GEOLOGY; GRANULAR MATERIALS; GROUND WATER; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; ION EXCHANGE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE; STREAMS
OSTI ID:
22192436
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France); Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M3560016925
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 457-480
Announcement Date:
Feb 20, 2014

Citation Formats

Nace, R. L. Contributions of Geology to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Contributions de la Geologie au Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 0412 041a 041b 0410 0414 0413 0415 041e 0414 ; Contribucion de la Geologia a la Resolucion de los Problemas que Plantea la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos. IAEA: N. p., 1960. Web.
Nace, R. L. Contributions of Geology to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Contributions de la Geologie au Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 0412 041a 041b 0410 0414 0413 0415 041e 0414 ; Contribucion de la Geologia a la Resolucion de los Problemas que Plantea la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos. IAEA.
Nace, R. L. 1960. "Contributions of Geology to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Contributions de la Geologie au Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 0412 041a 041b 0410 0414 0413 0415 041e 0414 ; Contribucion de la Geologia a la Resolucion de los Problemas que Plantea la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos." IAEA.
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title = {Contributions of Geology to the Problem of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Contributions de la Geologie au Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 0412 041a 041b 0410 0414 0413 0415 041e 0414 ; Contribucion de la Geologia a la Resolucion de los Problemas que Plantea la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos}
author = {Nace, R. L.}
abstractNote = {The earth is the sphere of interest of the geologist, and it is the only place on or in which wastes can he dispersed or stored. In that sense, problems of radioactive waste disposal are primarily geological. Accumulated geologic knowledge and established principles have been applied widely in the United States to problems of disposal, and the unique nature of these problems has led to research and significant advances of knowledge in specialized aspects of geology. A common activity has been appraisal of sites for nuclear energy facilities. This includes analysis and evaluation of geologic, topographic, hydrologic, geochemical and seismic factors. Also, regional analyses are made of the gross characteristics of. major physical subdivisions of the United States and the relation of these characteristics to waste storage and disposal. Special problems include the actual and potential behaviour of ordinary wastes in specific geologic environments. Other studies concern possible use of structural basins, stratigraphic traps, and salt beds and salt domes for storage and containment of high-level waste. Much general and some detailed study has been made of background radiometry. Water is the critical factor in waste disposal; accordingly certain natural processes by which water may be purified or chemically altered have been investigated. Significant results have been achieved in studies of dispersion and diffusion processes in ground water and surface water ; the rate of travel of contaminants in streams; the mechanics of ground-water flow in granular materials ; ground-water flow in cavernous rocks ; and the behaviour of water and chemical solutions in the zone of aeration. Thermal and chemical-stability problems that would develop if high-level waste were injected in geologic formations also have been investigated. Geologic, petrologic and geophysical studies have been made of specific areas, and research in clay mineralogy, ion exchange and geochemistry has been aimed directly at waste disposal problems. (author) [French] La terre est l'objet des etudes geologiques; or, les dechets radioactifs ne peuvent etre disperses ou entreposes que dans ou sur la terre. En ce sens, les problemes relatifs a l'elimination des dechets radioactifs sont avant tout d'ordre geologique. Les Etats-Unis ont applique largement les connaissances geologiques accumulees et certains principes bien etablis aux problemes de l'elimination; le caractere exceptionnel de ces problemes a necessite des recherches qui ont permis d'approfondir considerablement nos connaissances dans des domaines particuliers de la geologie. De nombreux travaux ont porte sur l'etude d'emplacements pour installations nucleaires. Cette etude comporte l'analyse et l'evaluation de facteurs geologiques, topographiques, hydrologiques, geochimiques et sismiques. On a analyse aussi par region les caracteristiques d'ensemble des grandes divisions naturelles des Etats-Unis et les incidences de ces caracteristiques sur l'entreposage et l'elimination des dechets. Parmi les problemes speciaux, on etudie comment se comportent ou pourraient se comporter des dechets ordinaires dans des milieux geologiques determines. D'autres etudes portent sur l'utilisation eventuelle de cavites syncli- nales, de failles stratigraphiques, de bancs de sel et de domes de sel pour l'entreposage et l'isolement des dechets de haute activite. De nombreuses etudes generales et quelques etudes de detail ont ete entreprises sur la radiometrie du milieu ambiant. L'eau naturelle est le facteur critique dans l'elimination des dechets ; on a donc etudie certains processus naturels par lesquels on peut purifier l'eau ou en modifier la composition chimique. Les etudes consacrees aux problemes suivants ont donne des resultats interessants : processus de dispersion et de diffusion dans les eaux souterraines et dans les eaux de surface ; vitesse de circulation des contaminants dans les cours d'eau ; mecanisme d'ecoulement des eaux souterraines dans des roches granulaires ; ecoulement des eaux du sol dans les roches caverneuses ; comportement de l'eau et des solutions chimiques dans la zone d'aeration. Les problemes de stabilite thermique et chimique qui se poseraient si l'on injectait des dechets de haute activite dans les formations geologiques ont egalement fait l'objet de recherches. On a fait des etudes geologiques, petro- logiques et geophysiques de zones determinees, et des recherches de mineralogie des argiles, d'echanges d'ions et de geochimie ayant directement trait a l'elimination des dechets. (author) [Spanish] La Tierra constituye la esfera de interes del geologo y es el unico lugar en cuya superficie o en cuyo seno pueden dispersarse o almacenarse desechos. En este sentido, los problemas que plantea la evacuacion de desechos radiactivos tienen un caracter primordialmente geologico. En los Estados Unidos los conocimientos geologicos acumulados y los principios establecidos se vienen aplicando a la resolucion de los problemas que plantea esa evacuacion; el caracter singular de estos problemas ha conducido a que se realizasen investigaciones y consiguiesen importantes avances en ramas especializadas de la geologia. Una de las tareas mas usuales consiste en la evaluacion de los posibles emplazamientos de las instalaciones nucleares. Esta tarea abarca el analisis y la evaluacion de los factores geologicos, topograficos, hidrologicos, geoquimicos y sismicos. Tambien se han llevado a cabo analisis de tipo regional para estudiar las caracteristicas generales de las principales subdivisiones geograficas de los Estados Unidos y su relacion con el almacenamiento y la evacuacion de desechos. Entre los problemas especiales figuran el comportamiento real y potencial de los desechos de tipo ordinario en determinados medios geologicos. Se ha estudiado tambien la posibilidad de utilizar cuencas estructurales, grietas estratigraficas y lechos y domos de sal para almacenar y confinar los desechos de elevada actividad. Tambien se han efectuado muchos estudios de caracter general, y algunos mas detallados, sobre la radiometria de fondo. El agua es el factor geologico critico; por esta razon se han estudiado determinados procesos naturales mediante los cuales puede ser purificada o alterada por medios quimicos. Se han logrado importantes resultados en los estudios realizados sobre las siguientes cuestiones: procesos de dispersion y difusion de las aguas subterraneas y de las aguas superficiales; velocidad de desplazamiento de los agentes contaminadores en una corriente; proceso del flujo de las aguas subterraneas a traves de materiales granulosos; flujo de las aguas subterraneas a traves de rocas cavernosas y comportamiento del agua y de las soluciones quimicas en la zona de aeracion. Se han estudiado tambien los problemas termicos y de estabilidad quimica que se plantearian si se inyectasen desechos radiactivos de elevada actividad en las formaciones geologicas. Se han efectuado estudios geologicos, petrograficos y geofisicos de zonas determinadas, asi como investigaciones en materia de mineralogia de las arcillas, de intercambio ionico y de geoquimica, con miras a resolver algunos de los problemas planteados por la evacuacion de desechos radiactivos. (author) [Russian] Zemlja javljaetsja sferoj interesov geologov, i ona javljaetsja edinstvennym mestom, v kotorom ili na kotorom mogut zahoronjat'sja ili udaljat'sja othody. V jetom smysle problema udalenija radioaktivnyh othodov javljaetsja prezhde vsego geologicheskoj problemoj. V Soedinennyh Shtatah nakoplennye znanija po geologii i ustanovivshiesja principy shiroko primenjalis' dlja reshenija problemy udalenija othodov, i shodnyj harakter jetih problem privel k provedeniju issledovanij i znachitel'nomu rasshireniju znanij po special'nym aspektam geologii. Obshhaja dejatel'nost' zakljuchalas' v vybore mest dlja jadernyh ustanovok. Jeta dejatel'nost' vkljuchala analiz i ocenku geologicheskih, topograficheskih, gidrologicheskih, geohimicheskih i sejsmicheskih faktorov. Krome togo, byl proveden regional'nyj analiz osnovnyh harakteristik glavnyh fizicheskih zon Soedinennyh Shtatov i svjazi jetih harakteristik s udaleniem i zahoroneniem othodov. Osobye problemy vkljuchajut izuchenie nastojashhego i potencial'nogo povedenija obychnyh othodov v konkretnyh geologicheskih strukturah. Drugie issledovanija kasajutsja vozmozhnogo ispol'zovanija strukturnyh sinklinalij, stratigraficheskih skladok, soljanyh plastov i soljanyh kupolov dlja zahoronenija i sohranenija vysokoaktivnyh othodov. Bylo provedeno mnogo obshhih i neskol'ko detal'nyh izuchenij izmerenija fonovoj radiacii. Voda javljaetsja reshajushhim faktorom v probleme udalenija othodov; v svjazi s jetim byli izucheny nekotorye prirodnye processy, pri kotoryh voda mozhet ochishhat'sja ili izmenjat' svoj himicheskij sostav. Byli dostignuty znachitel'nye rezul'taty v izuchenii processov dispersii i diffuzii v podzemnyh i poverhnostnyh vodah, skorosti rasprostranenija zagrjaznjajushhih veshhestv v potokah, mehaniki podzemnyh vodnyh potokov v zernistyh porodah, podvodnyh potokov v treshhinovatyh skal'nyh porodah i povedenija vody i himicheskih rastvorov v zone ajeracii. Byli takzhe izucheny problemy teplovogo i himicheskogo ravnovesija, kotorye mogli by vozniknut', esli by vysokoaktivnye othody byli vvedeny v geologicheskie formacii. Byli provedeny geologicheskie, petrografichjoskie i geofizicheskie issledovanija konkretnyh rajonov, a issledovanija po mineralogii glin, ionoobmena i geohimii byli neposredstvenno uvjazany s problemoj udalenija othodov. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1960}
month = {Jul}
}