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Modelling Study on Uranium Migration in Rocks Under Weathering Condition

  • Toshihiko Ohnuki (a1), Takashi Murakami (a2), Hiroshi Isobe (a1), Tsutomu Sato (a1) and Nobuyuki Yanase (a1)...

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A modelling study has been completed to understand the effect of rock alteration on uranium migration at the Koongarra ore deposit, Australia. The model considers the weathering process, the mechanism and rate of chlorite alteration, a major mineral of the host rock, and assumes the presence of reversible sorption sites of chlorite and the presence of reversible and irreversible sorption sites of the weathering products. One- and two-dimensional, calculated uranium concentrations were compared with those observed. Good agreement between the calculated and observed uranium concentration profiles was obtained only when an appropriate fraction of uranium is fixed to the irreversible sorption sites of Fe-minerals produced during weathering of chlorite. On the other hand, the conventional Kd model failed to estimate an adequate uranium concentration profile. The results suggest that the fixation of uranium to Fe-minerals has dominated the migration of uranium in the vicinity of the Koongarra ore deposit.

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Modelling Study on Uranium Migration in Rocks Under Weathering Condition

  • Toshihiko Ohnuki (a1), Takashi Murakami (a2), Hiroshi Isobe (a1), Tsutomu Sato (a1) and Nobuyuki Yanase (a1)...

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