How This Rare Natural Fission Reactor Could Solve Our Nuclear Waste Problem

Published on October 20, 2018
53

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Controlling fission reactions in modern nuclear plants is a complicated and dangerous process, yet nature managed to do the same thing all by itself two million years ago. Here’s how.

A New Source of Fukushima Radiation Was Just Found, Now What? – https://youtu.be/ifBAvnxrWsM

Read More:
Ancient Nuclear Waste Is Teaching Us About Radioactive Storage Today
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/08/13/oklo-natural-nuclear-reactor-waste/#.W4iLYJNKhTa
“To get data on what happens to spent nuclear fuel over long periods of time, researchers are turning to a unique place on Earth — the oldest, and only, known natural nuclear reactor.”

Meet Oklo, the Earth’s Two-billion-year-old only Known Natural Nuclear Reactor
https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/meet-oklo-the-earths-two-billion-year-old-only-known-natural-nuclear-reactor
“For such a phenomenon to have happened naturally, these uranium deposits in western Equatorial Africa must have had to contain a critical mass of U-235 to start the reaction. Back in those days, they did. A second contributing factor was that, for a nuclear chain reaction to happen and be maintained, there needed to be a moderator. In this case: water.”

The world’s first and only natural nuclear reactor
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/oklo-reactor
“In a singular but well-documented circumstance, scientists have found evidence that naturally occurring fission reactors were created inside three uranium ore deposits in the west African country of Gabon.”

____________________

Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond.

Seeker explains every aspect of our world through a lens of science, inspiring a new generation of curious minds who want to know how today’s discoveries in science, math, engineering and technology are impacting our lives, and shaping our future. Our stories parse meaning from the noise in a world of rapidly changing information.

Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos

Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/

Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel

Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker

Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/

Seeker http://www.seeker.com/

View More »
Category Tags:
CCTubes - get your videos captioned!