16 April 2008
GSA Release No. 08-17
Success Stories in Underground Waste Isolation
Boulder, CO, USA – In this new publication from the Geological Society of America, twenty-six contributing authors from eight countries present proven practical solutions to a formerly confounding issue in environmental and engineering geology: What do we do with wastes that retain their dangerous characteristics in human terms forever? The principal answer: Recycling into the lithosphere by "reverse" mining.
"This is a book of success stories," says volume editor Norbert T. Rempe. "It focuses on repositories that did, do, and will permanently and safely isolate dangerous materials from the biosphere."
According to Rempe, successful deep geologic repositories have been much neglected in the literature. "This review fills much of the void," he says, calling it "a compendium of practical solutions that can be applied to vexing problems in environmental and engineering geology."
The journey toward this volume began in a special symposium convened by Rempe at the 32nd International Geological Congress in Florence, Italy, in August 2004. Eleven case studies of repositories on three continents, with histories ranging from decades to billions of years, make this book truly an international effort.
Individual copies may be purchased through the Geological Society of America online bookstore
or by contacting GSA Sales and Service,
Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting Jeanette Hammann,
Deep Geologic Repositories
Norbert T. Rempe
Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology 019
2008, 119 pages, US$50, GSA member price US$35