Rattling the Nuclear Saber
(lest we forget)
L1. The Amount of Plutonium in the Nagasaki Bomb. This glass ball is the exact size of the plutonium core in the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki. Plutonium is a man-made nuclear explosive; it is created inside all nuclear reactors when uranium is bombarded with neutrons. Some uranium atoms can absorb a neutron without fissioning; when that happens, they are transmuted into plutonium atoms. Plutonium has become the nuclear explosive of choice in the world’s nuclear arsenals. Nuclear power advocates also see plutonium as the fuel of the future, as a resurgence of nuclear power will make plutonium fuel a necessity when uranium supplies dwindle. Kansas City, Missouri. 22 September 1983.
This bronze Buddha was melted by heat from the Hiroshima bomb. Bronze melts at around 1600 degrees F. The temperature on the ground beneath the exploding Hiroshima bomb reached about 7000 degrees. Hiroshima Peace Museum, Hiroshima, Japan. November 13, 1984.
L5. All the Warheads in the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal. This field of ceramic nose cones represents, in miniature, all the warheads in the U.S. nuclear arsenal by the end of the Cold War. Estimates set that total at 25,000. We see in this picture the vertical proliferation of nuclear weapons within the arsenal of a single superpower. We stand on the threshold of a horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons worldwide as plutonium becomes more available. Many warheads have been dismantled in the US and Russia, but the long-term disposition of the plutonium extracted from the warheads has not yet been determined. Plutonium has a half-life of 24 000 years. There is no practical way to destroy it once it has been created. “Amber Waves of Grain” installation by Barbara Donachy, Boston Science Museum, Massachusetts. 13 February 1985.
E4. Infinity Room. There were more than 20 “infinity rooms” inside the Rocky Flats plutonium pit production facility. Plutonium pits are needed in nuclear weapons. These rooms at Rocky Flats were called “infinity rooms” because they became so contaminated with plutonium that the levels of alpha radiation were too high for standard monitoring equipment to measure. The radioactivity inside these rooms reached nearly 25,000 times natural background. Building 776/777, Rocky Flats Plutonium Pit Production Facility, near Denver, Colorado. 18 March 1994.
H5. Barnwell Tombstones. These granite burial markers sit at the back end of the ChemNuclear waste disposal site. Each is a headstone for a large clay trench containing metal drums, steel boxes, polyethylene containers, and carbon steel liners full of medical, industrial, and commercial low-level radioactive waste. The "institutional control period" for this site is 100 years. Barnwell, South Carolina. 7 August 1983.
Very poignant pictures. Powerful and evocative.
Nuclear power advocates also see plutonium as the fuel of the future, as a resurgence of nuclear power will make plutonium fuel a necessity when uranium supplies dwindle.
There is no practical way to destroy it [plutonium] once it has been created.
These rooms at Rocky Flats were called “infinity rooms” because they became so contaminated with plutonium that the levels of alpha radiation were too high for standard monitoring equipment to measure. The radioactivity inside these rooms reached nearly 25,000 times natural background.
Originally posted by VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep
Very poignant pictures. Powerful and evocative.
The one showing the 25000 nuclear warheads in the US arsenal for me is the one that is most powerful. I find it bizarre that one country could sit on so much death and destruction. Then, in the same breath, tell other countries they are not allowed to have any.
Originally posted by where2oceansmeet
Very nice Pics.
There is a generation now that has no idea about the real danger and the threat of these weapons. It is almost sad that some youngsters today have no concept of the real damage and consequences that these weapons cause.
They only see Mini Nukes that make short work of the mutants in the "wasteland"..... They don't see the Irony.
There is a generation now that has no idea about the real danger and the threat of these weapons.
Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by puncheex
Thank you so much dropping by and helping everyone to understand about the most toxic substance known to man. I would only augment what you said about its toxicity in metallic form (like a "pit" for a bomb). In metal form it is most stable like you said.
I think the difference with the "infinity rooms" is that is where pit production occurred. When refining metal from Plutonium Oxide there would be smelting from the dust form (oxide) which produces vapors. Then the end product undergoes machining to finished dimensions and this whole process results in a lot of contamination. The difficulty in cleaning that up is what do you do with it? Better to abandon in place. One of the legacies. Hence the name "Infinity Room".
No one goes there anymore.
Edit: Your link seems to be broken, Hope you don't mind if I fix it...
I would counter that with some info about PU in living cells: