Characterizing the Hydrogeologic Framework of the Death Valley Region, Southern Nevada and California

by Claudia Faunt, U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
Frank D'Agnese, U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
Joe S. Downey, U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
A. Keith Turner, U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Three-dimensional (3-D) hydrogeologic modeling of the complex geology of the Death Valley region requires the application of a number of Geoscientific Information System (GSIS) techniques. This study, funded by United States Department of Energy as a part of the Yucca Mountain Project, focuses on an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers (three degrees of latitude by three degrees of longitude) and extends up to ten kilometers in depth. The geologic conditions are typical of the Basin and Range province; a variety of sedimentary and igneous intrusive and extrusive rocks have been subjected to both compressional and extensional deformation. GSIS techniques allow the synthesis of geologic, hydrologic and climatic information gathered from many sources, including satellite imagery and published maps and cross-sections. Construction of a 3-D hydrogeological model is possible with the combined use of software products available from several vendors, including traditional GIS products and sophisticated contouring, interpolation, visualization, and numerical modeling packages.

Subject Headings: Hydrogeology | Three-dimensional models | Mathematical models | Light rail transit | Hydrologic models | Computer models | Numerical models | Geology | United States | Nevada | California

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