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Yucca Mountain, Nevada—A proposed geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste

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Robert A. Levich
Robert A. Levich
U.S. Department of Energy (Retired), Consulting Geologist, 405 Norwood Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107, USA
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John S. Stuckless
John S. Stuckless
U.S. Geological Survey, MS 421, Box 25046, Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225
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Published:
January 01, 2007

Yucca Mountain in Nevada represents the proposed solution to what has been a lengthy national effort to dispose of high-level radioactive waste, waste which must be isolated from the biosphere for tens of thousands of years. This chapter reviews the background of that national effort and includes some discussion of international work in order to provide a more complete framework for the problem of waste disposal. Other chapters provide the regional geologic setting, the geology of the Yucca Mountain site, the tectonics, and climate (past, present, and future). These last two chapters are integral to prediction of long-term waste isolation.

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

John S. Stuckless
John S. Stuckless
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Robert A. Levich
Robert A. Levich
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Geological Society of America
Volume
199
ISBN print:
9780813711997
Publication date:
January 01, 2007

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