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Researchers are working with glass and ceramics at the APEL Glass Lab to form a long term storage media for nuclear waste. The nuclear waste is in the leaking storage tanks on the Hanford Site and comes with a plethora of chemicals, including salts. The Vitrification Facility, or Vit Plant, will need to make use of many different glass formulations to handle the many different formulations of chemicals found in the nuclear waste storage tanks. The glass will have to endure for millennia without allowing any dissolved nuclear waste to come out of solution. This image illustrates the many crystalline forms within the glass/ceramic matrix that are being tested.

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Document Title: Salt crystals on a glass ceramic substrate
Category: Science as Art
Media Type: Photos
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