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Magnetotelluric Data, Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

November 15, 2006

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at their Nevada Site Office (NSO) are addressing ground-water contamination resulting from historical underground nuclear testing through the Environmental Management (EM) program and, in particular, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) project.

During 2005, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DOE and NNSA-NSO, collected and processed data from twenty-six magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) sites at the Nevada Test Site. The 2005 data stations were located on and near Rainier Mesa and Shoshone Mountain to assist in characterizing the pre-Tertiary geology in those areas. These new stations extend the area of the hydrogeologic study previously conducted in Yucca Flat. The MT data presented in this report will help refine what is known about the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre Tertiary confining units. Subsequent interpretation will include a three dimensional (3 D) character analysis and a two-dimensional (2 D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data. No interpretation of the data is included here.

Publication Year 2006
Title Magnetotelluric Data, Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain, Nevada Test Site, Nevada
DOI 10.3133/ofr20061215
Authors Jackie M. Williams, Jay A. Sampson, Brian D. Rodriguez, Theodore H. Asch
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2006-1215
Index ID ofr20061215
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse