Essay on Nuclear Disasters And Its Effects On An Environment

716 Words Nov 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Introduction

Nuclear disasters can be held responsible for leaving the greatest and longest lasting impacts on an environment. One of the most infamous nuclear disasters in the world’s history would be the Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion. On April 26th, 1986, the 4th reactor of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded, allowing for innumerable amounts of toxic radiation to be spewed into the air. Radioactive contamination was spread over 100,000 square kilometers of land and reached 34 different countries, Ukraine receiving the worst of it (cited by Nelson, 2010, p. 13). Dr. Vladimir M. Chernousenko of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR (1991 p. 1) believed that at the time Chernobyl occurred, that it would be the largest catastrophes known to mankind. Even today, almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred, Ukraine has continued to see effects on its livestock and land and will continue to see them for years to come.
Biological Problems: Land
With so much contamination released into the air, one would have to wonder what eventually happen to it. After the nuclear fires were put out and there was no more visible radioactive smoke billowing into the air, these radioactive chemicals settled onto the land and were quickly absorbed. Depending on the type of land and the structural layout of the soil at which the radiation covered determined how fast it would be absorbed. There are 3…

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