November 14 - 1986 there was a nuclear reactant that...

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1986 there was a nuclear reactant that exploded, Chernobyl. The explosion was in the Ukraine, the radiation spreads into Europe. Local food items began getting banned. Starts spreading into Africa then started spreading to US, not enough to be a problem but enough to be tracked. There was a recent major nuclear problem in Japan. US studying nuclear reactants in remote areas in US like Alaska. How radiation moves from one level to another in an ecosystem: Alaska—fallout of radioactive Cesium in the atmosphere due to atomic bomb tests. Little plants (like moss) are taking up radioactive cesium from the water. Herbivores are eating the moss. Eskimos are eating the herbivores. Bodies are not geared to break down the cesium, so it accumulates. Therefore, it will be biomagnified . Wolves eat the eskimos and the wolves will have an even greater level of radioactivity. Radioactivity increases from one trophic level to the next. What would happen in an extensive nuclear war to the environment (other than the environment)? Huge fires, particulate matters like smoke particles that spread, these particles reflect solar radiation, it gets darker because less light is going through, (less radiant energy is
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course BIO 311D taught by Professor Reichler during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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