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Origin, timing, and temperature of secondary calcite-silica mineral formation at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Wilson, Nicholas S F; Cline, J S; Amelin, Yuri


The origin of secondary calcite-silica minerals in primary and secondary porosity of the host Miocene tuffs at Yucca Mountain has been hotly debated during the last decade. Proponents of a high-level nuclear waste repository beneath Yucca Mountain have interpreted the secondary minerals to have formed from cool, descending meteoric fluids in the vadose zone; critics, citing the presence of two-phase fluid inclusions, argued that the minerals could only have formed in the phreatic zone from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI: 10.1016/S0016-7037(00)01205-X


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