posted on Mar, 14 2014 @ 02:45 PM
I thought this was pretty interesting and thought others might like to check it out.
Generally when people think of exposure to radiation, long term or otherwise. They think of mutant superpowers, giant lizards with an insatiable
desire for saki, or three eyed fish. Well until you do a little bit of research anyway. But a decay inhibitor is not something I ever associated with
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation.
In the areas with no radiation, 70 to 90 percent of the leaves were gone after a year. But in places where more radiation was present, the
leaves retained around 60 percent of their original weight. By comparing the mesh with the panty hose-lined bags, they found that insects play a
significant role in getting rid of the leaves, but that the microbes and fungi played a much more important role. Because they had so many bags placed
in so many different locations, they were able to statistically control for outside factors such as humidity, temperature and forest and soil type to
make sure that there wasn’t anything besides radiation levels impacting the leaves’ decomposition.
Because they had so many bags placed in so many different locations, they were able to statistically control for outside factors such as
humidity, temperature and forest and soil type to make sure that there wasn’t anything besides radiation levels impacting the leaves’
They were very thorough in how they conducted their sampling, so there is little chance anything other than the radiations effect on the microbial
decay mechanisms are the cause.
Not exactly the effect I would have imagined long term radiation exposure would produce. Anyway
And if that's not enough fun for you, there is still the threat of a catastrophic nuclear firestorm for your doom porn fix.
Other studies have found that the Chernobyl area is at risk of fire, and 27 years’ worth of leaf litter, Mousseau and his colleagues think,
would likely make a good fuel source for such a forest fire. This poses a more worrying problem than just environmental destruction: Fires can
potentially redistribute radioactive contaminants to places outside of the exclusion zone, Mousseau says. “There is growing concern that there could
be a catastrophic fire in the coming years,” he says.