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The Geology and Climatology of Yucca Mountain and Vicinity, Southern Nevada and California

Product Code: UMR199
Series: GSA Memoirs
Author/Editor: Edited by John S. Stuckless and Robert A. Levich
Publication Date: 01 May 2007
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GSA Memoir 199.

Yucca Mountain, Nevada, has been approved by Congress as the site for the nation’s high-level radioactive waste repository after more than 20 years of intensive geological and environmental study. Yucca Mountain was chosen for its geological capacity to isolate the waste for at least 10,000 years; thus, Yucca Mountain has received more detailed study and hazard analysis than any other comparable feature on the planet. The path to development, however, still faces political, technical, and scientific controversy, in part because Yucca Mountain is within the tectonically active Basin and Range province. This volume explains the reasoning and the history for the selection of Yucca Mountain. It presents important results of the site characterization study, including discussion of the tectonic setting, detailed structural geology and stratigraphy, evaluation of tectonic models that have been proposed, and a study of the climate history and possible climate change that could affect the mountain’s ability to isolate radioactive waste.

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Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-0-8137-1199-7
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 205
Weight: 0.90 kg


Preface • Yucca Mountain, Nevada—A proposed geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste, Robert A. Levich and John S. Stuckless • Geology of the Yucca Mountain region, John S. Stuckless and Dennis W. O’Leary • Geology of the Yucca Mountain site area, southwestern Nevada, William R. Keefer, John W. Whitney, and David C. Buesch • Tectonic models for Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Dennis W. O’Leary • Using modern through mid-Pleistocene climate proxy data to bound future variations in infiltration at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Saxon E. Sharpe


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