THE GUARDIAN: Terrawatch: could granite solve the hard problem of nuclear waste storage?

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 2/6/2020

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Careful analysis of the chemistry and structure of granites from Japan and the UK revealed that when fluid did enter the rock (via fractures), it travelled a few centimetres at most. The scientists believe that calcium in the rock reacted with carbonate in the fluid to create tiny crystals of calcite that plugged all the gaps and prevented further flow. “This amount of calcite would never be expected in a granite, and the distribution of it indicates it almost certainly formed from small quantities of fluid trying to move through the rock,” says Roy Wogelius from the University of Manchester.

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TitleTerrawatch: could granite solve the hard problem of nuclear waste storage?
Media name/outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date2/06/20
DescriptionCareful analysis of the chemistry and structure of granites from Japan and the UK revealed that when fluid did enter the rock (via fractures), it travelled a few centimetres at most. The scientists believe that calcium in the rock reacted with carbonate in the fluid to create tiny crystals of calcite that plugged all the gaps and prevented further flow. “This amount of calcite would never be expected in a granite, and the distribution of it indicates it almost certainly formed from small quantities of fluid trying to move through the rock,” says Roy Wogelius from the University of Manchester.
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/02/terrawatch-could-granite-solve-the-hard-problem-of-nuclear-waste-storage
PersonsRoy Wogelius