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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1264

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Site Office under Interagency Agreement DE-AI52-07NV28100

Hydraulic Property and Soil Textural Classification Measurements for Rainier Mesa, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

By Brian A. Ebel and John R. Nimmo


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This report presents particle size analysis, field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements, and qualitative descriptions of surficial materials at selected locations at Rainier Mesa, Nevada. Measurements and sample collection were conducted in the Rainier Mesa area, including unconsolidated sediments on top of the mesa, an ephemeral wash channel near the mesa edge, and dry U12n tunnel pond sediments below the mesa. Particle size analysis used a combination of sieving and optical diffraction techniques. Field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements employed a single-ring infiltrometer with analytical formulas that correct for falling head and spreading outside the ring domain. These measurements may prove useful to current and future efforts at Rainier Mesa aimed at understanding infiltration and its effect on water fluxes and radionuclide transport in the unsaturated zone.

Last modified May 10, 2010
First posted January 4, 2010

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Ebel, B.A., and Nimmo, J.R., 2010, Hydraulic property and soil textural classification measurements for Rainier Mesa, Nevada Test Site, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1264, 17 p.




Measurements and Samples Collected

Soil Textural Classification

Field-Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Estimation



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