reply to post by Covertblack
So no effect on ocean life?
There is always an effect.
Even one stray gamma photon effects you... maybe it kills a single cell in your body?
But since we are individually made up of trillions of cells, a few cells dying aren't going to have that much of an effect on us.
The average human body has around 4,000 Becquerels of radiation at any given time....
And typically, this means that thousands of your body cells are dying every second.
But this would be true even without radiation....
Is there an effect on Ocean life from the massive amounts of radioisotopes in the ocean?
Of course there is.
The real question is, is it enough of an effect, to affect them?
Our planet is alive with radioactivity, there are radioisotopes of various concentrations in the soil, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, the
air we breath, and even the sunlight that shines down upon us have ionizing radiation in it.
But we have lived with radiation since the beginning.
There has never been a time on the planet earth when there was not radiation.
And you have never lived a single day of your life, when you weren't being bombarded constantly by ionizing radiation, having some of your cells die
by the radiation, and then being healed or re-grown by your bodies natural processes.
Radiation is just something that all life has to deal with, and all things considering, we do it quite well.
So, the only real concern with radiation, is your PERSONAL DOSE of radiation.
Sure, One billion Becquerel of tritium sounds mightily scary.... but it's all extremely concentrated, and for most of us, half a world away.
Even the people in Tokyo are far enough away from the source of this radiation that they will in all likelihood never see any detrimental effects from
the tritium, and if they ever ARE exposed to tritium from that source, it will probably be in concentrations too small to be registered as any
different from background radiation.
You are NOT going to want to play around the reactor, or within several miles of the facility... because it would be killing off your bodies cells at
a faster rate than they can replenish them.
But letting these radioisotopes into the environment isn't going to "Ruin" the planet, because it will disperse the concentrations where any
particular biological entity isn't going to be hit by anything except the most minute fraction of the total emitted energy so as to be
indistinguishable from background sources.
Radiation CAN BE Dangerous in large enough quantities..... but it's not an automatic world ending, biosphere destroying super poison.