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Nuclear Fission

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Emma Halker

on 20 March 2013

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Nuclear Fission Nuclear Fission: What? Nuclear Fission: How? History Lithosphere Issues with Nuclear Fission Reducing the Effect Future? Works Cited Nuclear Fission has helped to lead to many scientific advancements. On December 2nd, 1942 Enrico Fermo officially established the first successful self-sustaining nuclear reactor. Eventually (in 1945) World War two ended and the world was free to use Fermo's discovery's. Nuclear fission also became declared as a usable energy source. The U.S. decided to take advantage of this reactor source for military purposes. All of the hard work officially paid off and in 1955 the first nuclear vessel was built. Later in the 1960's the number of atomic energy plants also increased due to the growing environmental movement. Nuclear Fission is a process where the nucleus of an element splits in two nuclei of lighter elements which releases a significant amount of energy. http://nuclearinfo.net/Nuclearpower/TheRisksOfNuclearPower Danielle Dockery, Emma Halker, & Tristan Thompson Nuclear Fission is the process that is responsible for all types of power generation. This includes the power used in nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. Nuclear Fission harnesses the power to create massive disasters. Because it is a nuclear reaction, nuclear fission releases a lot of power. Nuclear fission has caused devastation such as the Chernobyl disaster, bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and terrorist threats. Nuclear Fission also impacts the lithosphere by mining for essential elements such as Plutonium and Uranium. Nuclear fission involves the use of uranium and plutonium, both items that you mine for. Mining can destruct the lithosphere by removing vegetation and top soil. This could be a key factor to different types of erosion. For example, soil erosion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power http://www.bluevirginia.us/tag/Pittsylvania%20County To reduce the effect on the lithosphere scientists can find ways to reuse the materials. This will help make our carbon footprint a little less noticeable. I believe that the future of this resource could be very bright. Its plant's waste output is around 100,000 times less than fossil fuel plants. However, mining could have a serious affect on our lithosphere. I feel like the destruction on our lithosphere is the main reason why we don't use this fuel as much as we could. http://nuclearinfo.net/Nuclearpower/TheRisksOfNuclearPower
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