posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 01:40 PM
reply to post by maryhinge
I have not heard of something being found inside a nuclear reactor. I suppose it would be possible, how ever Nuclear reactors tend to be quite hot.
I've never even thought about life being found there, Heat(boiling water, nuclear fuel rods), Pressure(steam), and radiation. Though "Water Bears"
have been known to withstand enormous doses of radiation, and temperatures well above water's boiling point, I don't know how hot the inside of a
I'm guessing based on the 4000gy resistance of the water bear, it wouldn't survive inside the reactor, as dose increases with exposure time, so I
don't know how long it would take to absorb 4000gy but it's not likely to survive inside a reactor. I'm pretty sure there isn't a damn thing that
Uranium235 has an enormous amount of energy, and is giving off enormous amounts of radiation pretty much all the time.
Wiki says a Gray(Gy) "One gray is the absorption of one joule of energy, in the form of ionizing radiation, per kilogram of matter."
Uranium provides 83.14 Tera(10,000 000 000 000)joules/kg, So I'm pretty much going with No, I don't think it could.... I assume that's potential
energy, because it seems like a lot, but I'm way to tired to do all the math to try and figure this out, and I'm not a nuclear physicist. As well
different Tardigrades can resist more, as well as less radiation. I think it boils down to how long it could survive in the reactor, vs live there. I
could see it dwelling in areas with in a nuclear fuel cooling pond perhaps away from the fuel, but the reactor itself is a stretch.
I looked up what was found in chernobyl. It's a type of fungi. Here is the article.
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