Geology and Geohydrology of the Palo Duro Basin, Texas Panhandle...(1979)

Since early 1977, the Bureau of Economic Geology has been evaluating several salt-bearing basins within the State of Texas as part of the national nuclear repository program. The Bureau, a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin and the State of Texas, is carrying out a long-term program to gather and interpret all geologic and hydrologic information necessary for description, delineation, and evaluation of salt-bearing strata in the Palo Duro and Dalhart Basins of the Texas Panhandle. The program in FY 79 has been subdivided into four broad research tasks, which are addressed by a basin analysis group, a surface studies group, a geohydrology group, and a host-rock analysis group (fig. 1). The basin analysis group has de lineated the structural and stratigraphic framework of the basins, initiated natural resource assessment, and integrated data from 8,000 ft (2,400 m) of core material into salt-stratigraphy models. Salt depth and thickness have been delineated for seven salt bearing stratigraphic units. Concurrently, the surface studies group has collected ground and remotely sensed data to describe surficial processes, including salt solution, slope retreat erosion mechanisms, geomorphic evolution, and fracture system development. The basin geohydrology group has begun evaluating both shallow and deep fluid circulation within the basins. The newly formed host-rock analysis group has initiated study of cores from two drilling sites for analysis of salt and the various lithologies overlying and interbedded with salt units. This paper, a summary report of progress in FY 79, presents principal conclusions and reviews methods used and types of data and maps generated.
Thomas C. Gustavson
Mark W. Presley
C. Robert Handford
Robert J. Finley
Shirley P. Dutton
Robert W. Baumgardner, Jr.
Kathy A. McGillis
William W. Simpkins

Gustavson, T. C., Presley, M. W.,  Handford, C. R.|Robert J. Finley|Shirley P. Dutton|Baumgardner, R. W., Jr., and others, 1980, Geology and Geohydrology of the Palo Duro Basin, Texas Panhandle: A Report on the Progress of Nuclear Waste Isolation Feasibility Studies (1979): The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Geological Circular 80-7, 99 p.

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