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Geological disposal of radioactive waste in clay

Bernd Grambow
Geological disposal of radioactive waste in clay (in Deep-mined geological disposal of radioactive waste, Bruce W. D. Yardley (editor), Rodney C. Ewing (editor) and Robert A. Whittleston (editor))
Elements (August 2016) 12 (4): 239-245


Keeping future generations safe from today's nuclear waste relies on this waste being effectively isolated for all time. Clay rocks, or rocks with a high clay content, offer promising isolation properties over time periods that are as long as the age of their host geological formations. Constructing a repository in such material does not significantly change the clay's isolation properties, which is a great advantage. Isolation is a function of the interplay between the slow release of radionuclides from the waste, the diffusion-controlled radionuclide migration, the establishment of a reducing geochemical environment, and the weak solubility and strong retention of the most toxic radionuclides on clay minerals and on additional engineered barrier materials.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Geological disposal of radioactive waste in clay
Title: Deep-mined geological disposal of radioactive waste
Author(s): Grambow, Bernd
Author(s): Yardley, Bruce W. D.editor
Author(s): Ewing, Rodney C.editor
Author(s): Whittleston, Robert A.editor
Affiliation: University of Nantes, SUBATECH Laboratory, Nantes, France
Affiliation: Radioactive Waste Management, Oxford, United Kingdom
Pages: 239-245
Published: 201608
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2016-101616
Categories: Environmental geologyEngineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201649
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