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Yucca Mountain – hydrogeology

Although I’m a radiation safety professional I studied geology as an undergrad and for my MS (my doctorate is in Environmental Science). This included several classes in hydrogeology – these were some interesting classes, and I added to the experience by doing some work as a field hydrogeologist for a project at a Department of […]

The rocks of Yucca Mountain

As I noted in last week’s posting, nuclear reactors produce high-level radioactive waste during their normal operation. This waste is not voluminous, but it can be dangerous and it needs to be sequestered in an out-of-the-way location for several millennia – in the 70 years since the first nuclear reactor was built there have been […]

On to Mars!

One of my favorite quotes is, sadly, unattributable (at least as far as I’ve been able to find): “The cowards never started and the weak died along the way.” I first came across this in an explanation of why the American West is traditionally more of a bastion of rugged individualism than is the East […]