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Simulation of migration of brine and saline water from the flooded Retsof salt mine in the Genesee Valley, New York

Dates

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2013

Summary

Problem - Roof collapses in the Retsof salt mine near Geneseo N.Y. in March and April of 1994 propagated upward through overlying bedrock, forming a 600-ft-long rubble zone or chimney that connected the mine to a glacial aquifer system and created sinkholes at land surface. Fresh water from the glacial aquifers flowed downward into the mine until the mine was completely flooded in January 1996. The mine opening is predicted to slowly close over a period of several hundred years, with most of the subsidence occurring before 2070. As the mine opening closes, about 40 percent of the brine will be displaced from the mine and migrate upward through the rubble chimney. Continuing monitoring of chloride concentrations indicates that upward [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Richard M Yager
Co-Investigator :
Paul E Misut
Funding Agency :
NYS Attorney General's Office, Cooperative Water Program

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projectStatusCompleted
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productDescriptionYager, R.M., Misut, P.E., Langevin, C.D., and Parkhurst, D.L., 2009, Brine migration from a flooded salt mine in the Genesee Valley, Livingston County, New York: Geochemical modeling and simulation of variable-density flow: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1767, 59 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1767/
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productDescriptionYager, R.M., Miller, T.S., and Kappel, W.M., Langevin, C.D., Parkhurst, D.L., and deVries, M.P., 2012, Simulated Flow of Groundwater and Brine from a Flooded Salt Mine in Livingston County, New York, and Effects of Remedial Pumping on an Overlying Aquifer: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1286, 16 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1286/
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productDescriptionYager, R.M., 2013, Environmental consequences of the Retsof Salt Mine roof collapse: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1174, 10 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1174/.
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valueRoof collapses in the Retsof salt mine near Geneseo N.Y. in March and April of 1994 propagated upward through overlying bedrock, forming a 600-ft-long rubble zone or chimney that connected the mine to a glacial aquifer system and created sinkholes at land surface. The objectives of the study are to (1) estimate the migration rate of saline water and brine through the rubble chimney, (2) assess the impact of pumping brine from this complicated flow system and (3) determine the area of the lower aquifer that could be contaminated by saline water emanating from the rubble chimney.

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