Radioactive materials in the ground

Discussion in 'Science & History' started by KiethBlackLion, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. KiethBlackLion

    KiethBlackLion Registered Member

    I'm nto sure if this topic has been discussed yet. If so, I appologize for opening another thread on it.

    Anyway, I was reading another discussion concerning Nuclear Power Plants and I got to thinking. If some material is naturally occuring, and naturally, it is radioactive. Would that mean that the area in which the material was found is also radioactive?

    I ask this because #1) it was just one of those random things that popped into my head and #2) there's always a debate about radioactive material being dumped into the soil.

    Now, my question could be completely wrong, but if anyone can clarify, I'd appreciate it.

  2. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    If I can recall my Nuclear History class, materials they use for nuclear plants aren't that strongly radioactive. The process in the plant strips them down to more powerful, viable energy sources and thus, makes them more powerful in terms of radioactivity. There is a lot of naturally occurring radioactive materials, but they aren't strong enough to really affect you.

    I believe.
  3. KiethBlackLion

    KiethBlackLion Registered Member

    Thanks. I wasn't sure but that's a good enough answer for me.
  4. Bananas

    Bananas Endangered Species

    As far as I am aware when in its ore form most radioactive materials are ao diluted they are practically harmless, they undertake lots of extracting and enriching to get to the levels that become dangerous.
  5. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Technically, every electrical source around you gives off slight radiation. So I'd imagine you'd be in more "danger" standing in your living room than outside in the woods. "Danger" of course being sarcastic in its use.
  6. KiethBlackLion

    KiethBlackLion Registered Member

    I knew radioactive levels rise after refining, I just wasn't sure about natural levels. We never covered that in Geology. Thanks for clearing things up, guys.

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