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Nevertheless, the use of the atom to produce atomic weapons and nuclear energy remains unresolved. This may be the most important question facing mankind today. This volume begins with a description of the nature of radiation. A discussion of natural sources of radiation follows, with an emphasis on the health hazards of radon. The man-made sourcesatomic explosions and nuclear energyare then treated in detail. The completely destructive effects of atomic explosions are explored. In the production of nuclear energy, the dangers of radiation are investigated in the nuclear fuel cycle from the mining of uranium to the final disposal of spent radioactive materials.

When the energy was released in a single burst, an atomic bomb resulted, the most devastating weapon the world has ever conceived. When the energy of the atom was released slowly in a nuclear reactor, the energy was converted into electrical power. In each of these uses, however, radioactive wastes are produced that have a life span of a few minutes to tens of thousands of years. When an atomic bomb is detonated in the atmosphere, an unbelievable amount of radioactive waste is released. Because of the grave adverse consequences to the health of vast numbers of the world's peoples, most nations have now banned atomic bomb testing in the atmosphere.

Thomas' Street Oxford, OXI IJG, England This book is Smyth-sewn and printed on acid-free paper. S. Government Organizations 113 Government Commission 113 Government Advisory Committees 115 International Organizations 123 5 Bibliography 131 Reference Works 131 Books 134 Uranium and Radioactivity 134 Nuclear Warfare 138 Nuclear Energy 152 Articles and Government Documents 177 Radioactivity 177 Nuclear Warfare 186 Nuclear Energy 197 Radioactive Waste Disposal 202 Selected Journal Titles 232 Sample Entry 232 Journals 233 6 Films, Filmstrips, and Videocassettes 251 Atomic Physics 252 Nuclear Technology 253 Nuclear Analysis 254 Radiation 255 Page viii Engineering 257 Nuclear Fusion 257 Nuclear Weapons 257 Nuclear Warfare 258 Nuclear Energy 261 Nuclear Safety 266 Nuclear Waste 267 Accidents 267 Nuclear Fallout 268 Political 269 Glossary 271 Index 277 Page ix Preface The study of atomic physics and chemistry began when the German chemist Martin Klaproth isolated uranium in 1789.

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