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Author Topic: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor  (Read 3803 times)

housetier

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Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« on: August 09, 2006, 09:45:35 AM »
I read the feed from Damn Interesting and yesterday saw this post about natural nuclear reactors. It is a classic article, which means it's not a brand-new discovery.

oklo.jpgDamn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor

I had heard about this phenomenon before so I was intrigued.  I mean, the reactor must have been extremely old, yet
the uranium isotope levels had an uncanny resemblance to those in spent nuclear fuel from modern nuclear power plants. The evidence was strong enough to suggest a natural reactor, and further exploration confirmed it.

The article goes on to explain how this reactor regulated itself.

oklogeology.gifDamn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor

Note: I boldy took the pictures from the article and uploaded them here to save them some bandwidth.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2006, 11:33:12 AM by housetier »

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2006, 10:56:51 PM »
That is holy gosh-darned interesting! This was an expecially interesting comment from another reader:

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I just had one more thought. Depending on the timing of these reactors, I wonder if they had an impact on the development of life. What sort of life was around a billion and a half years ago? Was it single cell stuff? Could radiation from fission have had an impact on allowing for more complicated lifeform structures? Now I have to go dig up the timeline for the development of life on earth and see if there are any correlations. hmmmm

So, this could be the missing "prime mover" that creationists yammer about. :D

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2006, 07:31:39 AM »
So, this could be the missing "prime mover" that creationists yammer about. :D

Hahahahahahaha  :D My evil atheist self laughs loudly about this  :P  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2006, 07:46:32 AM »
hey, nothing evil about being an atheist  :)

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2006, 04:37:25 PM »
Definition fun: 

Atheist - Knows Everything about Everything.   :o  They have to by definition because they claim there is no god.  In order to claim the non-existance of something, you have to have looked everywhere and seen everthing.

Agnostic - Doesn't care if there is a god.  They usually don't try to prove things one way or another because they just don't care.  Did god use eveolution?  Don't Care! says the agnostic.


Now, which are you again?


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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2006, 04:46:05 PM »
I am one of those who think Natural Nuclear Reactors are way more interesting than whatever-theism.

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2006, 11:08:04 PM »
No, no, agnostic (which I am) is simply "you know that you don't know". :D It is not indifference, just the acknowledgement of lack of knowledge and of possibility.

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 01:16:34 AM »
i'm not going to say what i am. and i do like you point about atheism, Rover. but, again, nothing evil about being an atheist.

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2006, 08:23:48 AM »
Behold! Here Cometh The List:
The definitions of "natural" and "nuclear" are much longer than those of the other terms. That means they are much more important.

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Re: Damn Interesting: Natural Nuclear Reactor
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2006, 08:27:30 AM »
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The definitions of "natural" and "nuclear" are much longer than those of the other terms. That means they are much more important.

ha, ha, i like your reasoning.