Summary of northern Atlantic Coastal Plain hydrology and its relation to disposal of high-level radioactive waste in buried crystalline rocks; a preliminary appraisal

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Authors:Lloyd, Orville B., Jr.; Larson, Jerry D.; Davis, Robert W.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geol. Surv., Raleigh, NC, United States
Source:Reston, VA [Water-Resources Investigations - U. S. Geological Survey, No.WRI85-4146, 132p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey,], United States. ISSN: 0092-332X
Publication Date:1985
Note:In English. 50 refs. Site location map
Summary:Interpretation of available hydrologic data suggests that some areas beneath the Coastal Plain in the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia might have some potential for the disposal of nuclear waste in crystalline rock that is buried beneath the Coastal Plain sediments. The areas of major interest occur where the top of the basement rock lies between 1,000 and 4,000 feet below sea level, the aquifer(s) immediately above the basement rock are saturated with saline water, confining material overlies the saline water bearing aquifer(s), and groundwater flow in the saline water aquifer(s) can be established. Preliminary data on (1) the distribution and thickness of the lowermost aquifers and confining beds, (2) the distribution of hydraulic conductivity in the lowermost aquifers, (3) estimated hydraulic heads and inferred direction of lateral groundwater flow for 1980, and (4) the distribution of saline water and brine, indicate eastern parts of the study area relatively best meet most of the criteria proposed for sediments that would overlie any potential buried crystalline-rock disposal site. (USGS)
Subjects:Aquifers; Bedrock; Buried features; Crystalline rocks; Engineering geology; Fractures; Ground water; High-level waste; Maps; Pollution; Radioactive waste; Site exploration; Site location maps; Surveys; Transport; USGS; Waste disposal; Atlantic Coastal Plain; Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; North Carolina; United States; Virginia; Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain; Sections; Site location map
Record ID:1987012435
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from USGS product, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Reston, VA, United States
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