Quaternary geology of the Martinsville alternative site, Clark County, Illinois: a proposed low level radioactive waste disposal site

B. B. Curry, K. G. Troost, R. C. Berg

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Abstract

The Martinsville Alternative Site was intensely studied as part of a characterization program to select a potential site for the disposal of low level radioactive waste in Illinois. As much as 206 feet of Quaternary deposits, mostly composed of glacigenic sediment of Illinoian age, overlie Pennsylvanian bedrock at the Martinsville site. Sedimentation was strongly affected by two buried valleys carved into the bedrock. The thickest known occurrences of four lithostratigraphic units constitute the bedrock valley sediment till. Unique features of the lithostratigraphic units are shown in detailed isopach maps, cross sections, and structure contour maps. The intensely examined stratigraphic succession at this site has strengthened our understanding of the regional glacial stratigraphic framework in central Illinois for use in future geological, engineering, and environmental studies. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCircular - Illinois State Geological Survey
Volume556
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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