Full Title: Hydrology and Geochemistry of Yucca Mountain and Vicinity, Southern Nevada and California
Editor: John S. Stuckless
This book summarizes nearly 30 years of intense research at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and vicinity. Much of this work represents innovative approaches addressing the geochemistry and hydrology of the site, as well as the paleohydrology and transport of radionuclides under ambient and thermally altered conditions. This book is a companion to GSA Memoir 199, and together, the volumes present a comprehensive approach to characterizing a potential site for the disposal of radioactive waste. Memoir 209 includes state-of-the-art modeling of water flow in both the saturated and unsaturated zones, and through detailed isotope, geochemical, and paleoclimate studies, projects water flow back tens of thousands of years. These data, together with the previously reported climate models, make it possible to provide predictions of future performance of a repository for nuclear waste. Although the studies focused on Yucca Mountain, the methods and interpretations should be useful to any similar effort.