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CASE STUDY: Al Robinson

Somewhere on the Llano Estacado in New Mexico ▪ Temperature 115°F

Al Robinson took another swig from his canteen. He and his crew had been running pilot holes into the desert for five months now to find a spot that could support the project that his company was interested in: burying nuclear waste. This exploratory work had turned up some interesting things; the pilot holes had first of all looked like diagonals instead of verticals because of the unexpected resistance they had encountered from various soils. A number of methodological changes were then instituted. Another problem, expected but not in its current frequency, was the volume of brine infiltration that the crews encountered.


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