²³4U/²³8U as a Ground-Water Tracer, SW Nevada-SE California

by K. R. Ludwig, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
Z. E. Peterman, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
K. R. Simmons, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
E. D. Gutentag, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: The 234U/238U ratio of uranium in oxidizing ground waters is potentially an excellent ground-water tracer because of its high solubility and insensitivity to chemical reactions. Moreover, recent advances in analytical capability have made possible very precise uranium-isotopic analyses on modest (approx.100 ml) amounts of normal ground water. Preliminary results on waters from SW Nevada/Se California indicate two main mixing trends, but in detail indicate significant complexity requiring three or more main components.

Subject Headings: Groundwater | Probe instruments | Solubility | Chemical wastes | Uranium | Groundwater supply | North America | United States | California | Nevada

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