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The United States Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS) is a unique facility for geology, geophysics, and environmental geosciences. Construction began in 1950, and nuclear materials production started in 1952. Beginning with early regional characterization by the United States Army Corp of Engineers, the geology of the SRS has been extensively studied. Presently, the site geologic database has more than 12,000 borings, wells and cone penetrometer soundings, more than 300 km (200 mi) of reflection seismic data, many kilometers of refraction seismic and ground-penetrating radar data, large areas of time domain and very low-frequency geophysics, regional soil gas geochemical surveys, plus hundreds of smaller scale geological and geophysical studies. The hydrogeology and stratigraphy of the SRS is, perhaps, the best known in the eastern United States.
Doug Wyatt was formerly a fellow scientist at the Savannah River Site, working in regional characterizations, facility siting, geotechnical and geophysical studies, and environmental characterization. Wyatt received his Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of South Carolina and his M.S. degree in geology and geophysics from Vanderbilt University. Wyatt is currently a senior scientist and technical advisor at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.Mary Harris is the geosciences manager for the Environmental Sciences and Technology Department at the Savannah River National Laboratory. She received her M.S. degree in geology from the University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in sedimentology, primarily depositional facies in coastal-plain deposits.