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    Another example of a radioactive contamination can be found in the human-made product Americium (Am). This radioactive material is the unstable result of nuclear production and testing of uranium and plutonium. Impacts of Americium on the human body allows this material's low-energy gamma rays to be used in some cancer treatments while the alpha radiation emitted minimally effects the contaminated host (Wanless, A., 2011). Americium can be useful to humans, despite its radioactive state as it is used in testing devices such as fluid gauges, thickness measurements, and is also used in the production of domestic smoke detectors. Exposure to ingestion results in internal radiation and the material can then be transported through the circulatory system of the host organism. Residual effects of extended exposure to Americium in human’s impact neurological and musculoskeletal systems while taking years to decay into stable substances. Environmental contamination of unstable Americium does not exhibit severe damage and can be absorbed into plants through the host's root system. Unlike plants, human detoxification of radioactive…

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    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…

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    Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl and Fukushima President Franklin D. Roosevelt cited December 7, 1941 as “a date that will live in infamy.” Two dates in like manner of infamy pertinence to nuclear catastrophe are April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine and March 11, 2011 in Fukushima, Japan. Both incidents embroil a disaster at a nuclear facility exposing radioactive materials and setting unprecedented score the nuclear severity scale. Be that as it may numerous differences arises in terms of causes,…

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    Fukushima Research Paper

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    electricity. Reactors in Japan are designed to shut down immediately after an earthquake is detected, and are built to withstand the trembling without accruing critical damage. The plants along the coast are also designed to endure the tsunamis that accompany earthquakes that occur undersea. Fukushima Daiichi was built 10 meters above sea to avoid harm from average tsunamis of about 3 meters in height. Daiichi has multiple seawater pumps, which are used to clear any water that reaches the plant.…

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    operate given low power. However, this caused the coolant pump to fail causing pressure and heat to build up in the reactor till a power surge caused the reactor to explode causing a fire. (Spencer and Loris) The initial explosion killed two plant workers but, the real casualties would come till much later. Among them were the group of 28 people made up of plant workers and emergency response personal who would die four months later, none of them knew they had been exposed to radiation. ( ) The…

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    The Nevada Test Site for nuclear testing for World War II has one of the worst effects on humans and animals. The increase in cancer risks and cases can be attributed to the contamination of the food supply, water, and soil as a result of nuclear testing in the southwestern United States. Iron County, Nevada was one of the first exposed to radiation. Sheep and farmers were among those affected by nuclear testing and fallout. Eighteen to twenty thousand sheep were exposed to fallout from the 1953…

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    Radiation from the plant has caused Fir trees to grow abnormally or mutate. Researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences said, “that many fir trees near the plant, as well as other areas, had undergone morphological defects.” Researchers have also discovered that there are high radiation levels in new leaves. The most talked about is the mutations in the Pale Grass Blue butterfly population. The mutations are believed to be started by the larvae eating radioactive plants…

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    For the project we had in Mr. Sanders Physical science class this nine week I choose to read “The Radioactive Boy Scout.” The book was about a boy named David Hahn who grew up in suburban Detroit. David was fascinated by science and while he was working on earning his Atomic Energy badge for boy scouts, David’s attention turned to nuclear energy. He started working on building a nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed. Working as a physics professor, David solicited information on reactor…

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    Cyanide Spill Essay

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    As one of the worst environmental disaster since Chernobyl. The cyanide spill in January 30, 2000 released tons of toxic chemicals into the rivers of Romania and three bordering countries. The Tisza-Danube Cyanide Spill affected the people by contaminating their food and water sources. This also affects the animals living nearby or in the rivers because their habitats and ecosystems either gets lost or destroyed. People responded to this by trying to get mining industries to take…

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    Chernobyl Research Paper

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    - Elena Vladimirovna Filatova enjoys riding her motorcycle (big ninja) to North from Kiev, towards so called Chernobyl "dead zone because ether roads are untouched my civilization cars and trucks. Also, no one in insight. -Radiation is measured by a device called a Geiger counter. - Cities, in Russia and America, it will read 10-12 microroentgen per hour, supposedly. - A dose of 500 roentgen within 5 hours is fatal to humans. -However, it takes about 2 1/2 times the dose for humans to kill a…

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