Geoprobes


Clear tubes before (top) and after (bottom) sample collection.
  Clear tubes before (top)
  and after (bottom) sample
  collection, photo by Brian
  Twining.

In 2010, we obtained two Geoprobe™ units which are capable of coring small diameter holes up to 100 feet deep.

In addition to other uses around the state, the Geoprobes are being used at the INL to collect samples that will help us determine the hydrologic and geologic properties of subsurface sediment near the proposed location for the Remote Handled-Low-level Waste Disposal Facility. Understanding the hydrogeology of the subsurface will improve the ability to track waste movement in the unsaturated zone at the facility.

Samples are stored in clear tubes so they can be more easily identified, and they are available for examination and testing at the Lithologic Core Storage Library.

We conducted Geoprobe training November 2010 for our staff and other agencies.
  We conducted Geoprobe training November 2010 for our staff and other agencies,
  photo by Kevin Hermann (Bureau of Reclamation).