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Title:
Hydrogeology of the Bird's Nest Aquifer, Uintah County, Utah
Author:
Phillips, Fred M.(Fred Melville)
Issue Date:
1979
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The Uinta Basin of northeastern Utah contains a large portion of the United States' oil-shale reserves. Two tracts on the eastern side of the basin, designated U-a and U-b, have been leased by the federal government for oil-shale development. The Bird's Nest Aquifer is the principal water-bearing zone in the area. At the tracts aquifer permeability is principally due to solution of nahcolite crystals, while to the west primary porosity of sandstone and tuffs is more important. In the vicinity of the Oil Shale Lease Tracts the aquifer is recharged by a perennial stream, Evacuation Creek, and by another source, probably upward leakage from deeper aquifers. The Evacuation Creek recharge water contains above 3,000/1 dissolved solids and has a sodium-sulfate composition. The water derived from the other recharge source contains less than 2,000 mg/1 dissolved solids and has a sodium-bicarbonate composition. Ultimate discharge of the aquifer is to the Green River. Percolation of water through retorted oil shale residue produces leachate with very high dissolved solids, sodium, sulfate, strontium, selenium, fluoride, and potentially carcinogenic organic compounds, but low permeability rocks above the aquifer reduce the danger of aquifer contamination by leachate originating from surface spent-shale disposal dumps.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Aquifers -- Utah -- Uintah County.; Groundwater -- Pollution -- Utah -- Uintah County.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Hydrology and Water Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Davis, Stanley N.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleHydrogeology of the Bird's Nest Aquifer, Uintah County, Utahen_US
dc.creatorPhillips, Fred M.(Fred Melville)en_US
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Fred M.(Fred Melville)en_US
dc.date.issued1979en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Uinta Basin of northeastern Utah contains a large portion of the United States' oil-shale reserves. Two tracts on the eastern side of the basin, designated U-a and U-b, have been leased by the federal government for oil-shale development. The Bird's Nest Aquifer is the principal water-bearing zone in the area. At the tracts aquifer permeability is principally due to solution of nahcolite crystals, while to the west primary porosity of sandstone and tuffs is more important. In the vicinity of the Oil Shale Lease Tracts the aquifer is recharged by a perennial stream, Evacuation Creek, and by another source, probably upward leakage from deeper aquifers. The Evacuation Creek recharge water contains above 3,000/1 dissolved solids and has a sodium-sulfate composition. The water derived from the other recharge source contains less than 2,000 mg/1 dissolved solids and has a sodium-bicarbonate composition. Ultimate discharge of the aquifer is to the Green River. Percolation of water through retorted oil shale residue produces leachate with very high dissolved solids, sodium, sulfate, strontium, selenium, fluoride, and potentially carcinogenic organic compounds, but low permeability rocks above the aquifer reduce the danger of aquifer contamination by leachate originating from surface spent-shale disposal dumps.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAquifers -- Utah -- Uintah County.en_US
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater -- Pollution -- Utah -- Uintah County.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrology and Water Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairDavis, Stanley N.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc213274038en_US
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