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Deep geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in a repository with a system of engineered and natural barriers has been recognized as an appropriate disposal concept by Chinese authorities since 2003, and both crystalline rocks and argillaceous rocks are considered as the candidate host rocks for HLW disposal repository. The 1:200 000 regional survey indicated that there are potential clay formations in Mesozoic–Cenozoic sedimentary basins in NW China. Five candidate areas have been suggested with potential clay formations including the Tamusu and Suhongtu areas with upper K1 Bayingebi clay formations in the east Bayingebi Basin, in the...

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