Arbeitsbericht NAB 19-01

Quaternary Borehole QBO Untersiggenthal (QUST) – Data Report



In the context of the sectoral plan "Sachplan geologische Tiefenlager" (SGT) Nagra is currently investigating three sites in northern Switzerland to potentially host repositories for radioactive waste. The field exploration project "Quartäruntersuchungen" (QAU) is dedicated to the characterisation of Quaternary deposits within and around these siting regions to further constrain scenarios of their geological long-term evolution. The investigations support the reconstruction of Quaternary landscape evolution.

The borehole (Quartärbohrung, QBO) at Untersiggenthal (QBO Untersiggenthal / QUST) is part of this Quaternary investigation program (QAU; compare Nagra 2017). The drill site in Unter-siggenthal is located close to the northern end of the Gebenstorf-Stilli Trough. It was chosen to characterize the geometry and infill of this glacially overdeepened section of the Lower Aare Valley. Today, the study area is characterized by the confluence of Aare, Reuss and Limmat, and the transition between the Folded and Tabular Jura (Fig. 1, Fig. 2; Bitterli-Dreher et al. 2007, Graf 2009). The drilling was conducted between 22.05. and 21.06.2018 by combination of pile-drive coring using a Düsterloh Hammer and wire-line drilling with a triple-tube core-barrel, i.e. with a plastic core liner.

This report covers the request for a documentation of the authorized works on-site (UVEK 2018, Dispositiv 5.20) and documents also the first results of the lab analyses (UVEK 2018, Dispositiv 5.21). The works on-site described in the work program (“Arbeitsprogramm”, Nagra 2018) have been carried out. This report corresponds to the data report that was announced in this work program.

In this report, we present core images, sedimentological descriptions, and geophysical measure-ments of the cores, all of which were acquired at the University of Bern. Additionally, a borehole geophysical report of BLM Gesellschaft für Bohrlochmessung mbH and R. Garrard (Nagra) and a technical drilling report of Fretus AG and P. Hinterholzer-Reisegger (Nagra) are presented in appendices H and I, respectively. This report is the basis for planning further core analysis and later interpretation in the larger geological context.

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