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    The Yucca Mountain Project Nuclear waste is a problem that plagues the United States due to dilemmas surrounding its handling. A scientific consensus shows that the best way to get rid of nuclear waste is through geological disposal, however, this method creates several barriers. Geological disposal includes storing nuclear waste in an underground repository site in hopes of it being contained without the need of surveillance for thousands of years. Due to the fact that nuclear waste contains high levels of radioactivity, the search for a repository site has been very challenging. For decades, the Department of Energy (DOE) has scouted for a location to discard the hazardous waste and has come to believe that Yucca Mountain is the best solution.…

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    aphids. Many mutualistic interactions developed due to an adaption by a resource species in what was previously a predator/prey or parasite/host interaction. The interaction between Yucca plants and Yucca moths is an excellent example of the coevolutionary transition from an antagonistic to a mutualistic relationship. Yuccas are exclusively pollenated by yucca moths, after pollinating a flower the yucca moth lays a small number of her total eggs in the flower, and moves on to repeat the…

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    Yucca Nuclear Energy

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    I am for the continued use of nuclear power in the United States. I think that there are feasible options for the handling of nuclear waste and decades of evidence points to nuclear power being a safe source of electricity. Furthermore, the environmental impacts of nuclear power are minimal compared to the impact of fossil fuel sources. All though clean energy sources like wind and solar do not have any of the safety and environmental drawbacks of nuclear energy they don’t come close to being…

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    Triple digit summers, Joshua trees in every direction, a tourist hot spot for those who are seeking clarity, the utter boredom of every day, this is not your average desert--welcome to Yucca Valley. Generally, the scenery is labeled as bland, empty, incomplete; to the untrained eye it really is all of this; vast mountains of emptiness, one single highway littered with ‘mom-and-pop’ shops; simplicity can be beautiful though. The town is full of wonder, hidden wildlife in the distance, cacti and…

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    Yucca Mountain Case Study

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    Lindsey Kight Period 4A Nuclear Chemistry Yucca Mountain Repository Yucca mountain is a site that has been designed and proposed as the nations only nuclear waste repository. A repository is a place or building where something is stored, in this case, it is nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain is 80 miles north of Las Vegas. It has been appointed as the only area to be examined as the repository. Yucca Mountain was one of the sites proposed for nuclear waste containment as part of the Nuclear…

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    Climate Change And Its Side Effects In The Mojave Desert When someone thinks about the Mojave Desert, one can imagine sand and Joshua Trees, but no one thinks about the problems that face this land. To make matters worse, this problem faces all of earth. Climate change is a huge problem that not too many people want to face, or admit. There are also others who strongly oppose of this proposal. But whether or not we believe it, it is in fact true, and our earth is slowly dying from it. This…

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    Centralized Nuclear Waste Storage Introduction Approximately twenty percent of the electric power in America is generated through a nuclear reaction, and as a result of the production, high-level nuclear waste is created. Imperatively, the nation must find a way on how to store its nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain in the state of Nevada was identified by the Department of Energy and subsequently approved by both the Congressional and the Executive branches of government as a repository site for…

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    Beginning in the 1960’s nuclear power was believed to be an attractive alternative to fossil fuels and was even referred to as the energy source of the future. To the uninformed the use of nuclear energy may seem frightening because the only thing rumored is the negatives like: the waste, major spills of material and disastrous radioactive accidents, but there are many benefits from the use of this energy source such as: saving millions of lives, a mass reduction of pollution, and an advancement…

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    “I am become death, destroyer of worlds.” These famous words were uttered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer - creator of the atomic bomb - at its first test in 1945. A few months later, two bombs were dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the world was changed forever. Now, over 70 years later, we are using this same destructive power, but we are using it for supposedly peaceful and harmless purposes, such as creating electricity by splitting the atom. We seem to have forgotten what this power was…

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    Nuclear Power Plants

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    The two sides are debating the support or fear of nuclear power plants. After the events at Fukushima, the earthquake and tsunami, the power plant sickened a lot of people due to its radiation. Professor George Monbiot and Melissa Block discuss the opinion to support nuclear power plants. He states that if so many people can die or become injured due to mining, then how is that any different than people dying or becoming sick from nuclear waste radiation? He said that coal was a bigger issue…

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