Flow across a Salt-Dome
Groundwater flow in geologic formations overlying a salt-dome has become of special interest since salt formations have been considered for the disposal of hazardous waste. There are plans in Germany to use the Gorleben salt-dome for the storage of high level radioactive waste (HLW) from nuclear reactors. The USA Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is located in a bedded salt formation and is intended for transuranic waste. Denmark and the Netherlands have explored the salt option too. A recent survey lists Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the USA and former USSR states as nations planning to use salt formations for disposal of HLW (McCombie 1997).
KeywordsRayleigh Number Reference Case Salt Formation Salt Layer High Level Radioactive Waste
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