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Chemically induced radioactive rain over Pacific will save lives
03-19-2011, 01:32 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Japan's neighbors are worried that the radioactive clouds released by explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant could reach their territory. In the best-case scenario, the clouds will be blown out over the Pacific Ocean, where chemical reagents could be used to force the radioactive particles to fall to the ocean in rain. While this would impact fish and other sea animals, it would also save human lives.

At this point, there is no threat to sea life in the Pacific, says Sergei Dobrolyubov, head of the oceanography department at Moscow State University's Geography Faculty. Water absorbs radiation quite well, so sea animals and plants should not be seriously affected.
"Water moves around like crazy in the Pacific, so any particles that get into the water will be spread around quickly," says Antonina Polyakova, an assistant professor of the Geography Faculty. Moreover, the radioactive decay half-life of nuclides like iodine-131 is only eight days.

Fish are generally more resistant to radiation than mammals.
"A lethal dose of radiation for a human is around 500 rem; it is twice as high for fish," Polyakova said. "This means that the fish life in the region will survive."

But Polyakova warns against eating fish and mollusks caught in the contaminated area. Mollusks accumulate heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium, and can also absorb radioactive particles.

However, this is the first time in human history that several reactors have been damaged simultaneously, Yablokov said. As such, no one can say for sure what will happen to people in the contaminated zone in five or ten years, or what diseases they may get.
He believes aircraft should be used to release reagents over the radioactive clouds, causing radionuclides to fall into the ocean in rain.

The deadly clouds released by the explosion at Chernobyl could have reached Moscow and other large industrial centers otherwise, but reagents were used to stimulate rain near Tula, Ryazan, Bryansk and Kaluga.

The current situation is simpler in one way: The ocean is much better at neutralizing radioactive particles than the soil.


Corexit sky edition? damned.gif
03-19-2011, 02:08 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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13.gif The ocean is not meant to be a nuclear waste dump, if we kill it we're all as good as dead. This problem is not going to go away from a shower, thats ridiculously wishful thinking.
Oh and by the way wtf2.gif reagents ?

I remember touching on the term in chemistry class...but was drawing a blank:

Quote:A reagent is a "substance or compound that is added to a system in order to bring about a chemical reaction or is added to see if a reaction occurs."[1] Although the terms reactant and reagent are often used interchangeably, a reactant is less specifically a "substance that is consumed in the course of a chemical reaction".[1] Solvents and catalysts, although they are involved in the reaction, are usually not referred to as reactants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagent

hmm.gif I'm not certain if I'm exactly familiar with this process, lol.. in fact it would seem this is the first the world is hearing it exists to my knowledge and it's obviously been around since the Soviet union was in tact.


03-19-2011, 02:23 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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It's kind of established fact around here that the Russians are to blame for all strange ongoings, at least back in the Soviet days. And especially regarding unusual weather

An aircraft used to release reagents over radioactive clouds, causing radionuclides to fall into the ocean in rain probably looks a little something like this:

who can say what the lesser evil is? damned.gif
03-19-2011, 04:03 AM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Quote:Radioactive fallout is unlikely to seriously affect the chemical composition of the ocean, Dobrolyubov said. A greater threat to sea life is posed by water acidification due to global warming.

from the original article vic.gif



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