Anjali- AP Enviromental- Chapter 20

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AP Environmental- Chapter 21: Water Supply, Use and Management 21.1 Notes 1. Nuclear Energy a. General Information i. Nuclear energy - the energy of the atomic nucleus ii. Two nuclear processes can be used to release that energy to do work: fission and fusion. iii. Nuclear fission - is the splitting of atomic nuclei iv. Nuclear fusion - the fusing or combining of atomic nuclei v. Nuclear reactors - are devices that produce controlled nuclear fission. vi. Nuclear fission produces much more energy than other sources such as burning fossil fuels. vii. Burner reactors - consume more fissionable material than they produce. viii. The reactor is part of the nuclear stream supply system, which produces steam to run the turbine generators that produce electricity. ix. Meltdown - refers to a nuclear accident in which the nuclear fuel becomes so hot that it forms a molten mass that breached the containment of the reactor and contaminates the outside environment with radioactivity. x. Sustainability with respect to nuclear power has two aspects; nuclear power’s role in creating alternative fuel supplies and the sustainability of nuclear fuel itself. xi.
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course ENVIRON 100 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UC Irvine.

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