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Title: Mineralogical correlation of surficial sediment from area drainages with selected sedimentary interbeds at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho

Ongoing research by the US Geological Survey at the INEL involves investigation of the migration of radioactive elements contained in low-level radioactive waste, hydrologic and geologic factors affecting waste movement, and geochemical factors that influence the chemical composition of the waste. Identification of the mineralogy of the Snake River Plain is needed to aid in the study of the hydrology and geochemistry of subsurface waste disposal. The US Geological Surveys project office at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, in cooperation with the US Department of Energy, used mineralogical data to correlate surficial sediment samples from the Big Lost River, Little Lost River, and Birch Greek drainages with selected sedimentary interbed core samples taken from test holes at the RWMC (Radioactive Waste Management Complex), TRA (Test Reactors Area), ICPP (Idaho Chemical Processing Plant), and TAN (Test Area North). Correlating the mineralogy of a particular present-day drainage area with a particular sedimentary interbed provides information on historical source of sediment for interbeds in and near the INEL. Mineralogical data indicate that surficial sediment samples from the Big Lost River drainage contained a larger amount of feldspar and pyroxene and a smaller amount of calcite and dolomite than samples from the Little Lostmore » River and Birch Creek drainages. Mineralogical data from sedimentary interbeds at the RWMC, TRA, and ICPP correlate with surficial sediment of the present-day big Lost River drainage. Mineralogical data from a sedimentary interbed at TAN correlate with surficial sediment of the present-day Birch Creek drainage. 13 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6197433
Report Number(s):
DOE/ID-22092; USGS-WRI--90-4147
ON: DE91006140; TRN: 91-004457
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-76ID01570
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Geological Survey, Idaho Falls, ID (USA). Water Resources Div.
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/NE; DOI
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; SNAKE RIVER PLAIN; MINERALOGY; DRAINAGE; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; GEOCHEMISTRY; GEOLOGY; HYDROLOGY; IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; SEDIMENTS; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; US GS; CHEMISTRY; MANAGEMENT; MASS TRANSFER; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; US DOE; US DOI; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage