Elements S3 • E21

How This Rare Natural Fission Reactor Could Solve Our Nuclear Waste Problem





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Published on Oct 5, 2018

Controlling fission reactions in modern nuclear plants is a complicated and dangerous process, yet nature managed to do the same thing all by itself two million years ago. Here’s how.

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“In a singular but well-documented circumstance, scientists have found evidence that naturally occurring fission reactors were created inside three uranium ore deposits in the west African country of Gabon.”


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