Chernobyl: Nuclear Disaster

Chernobyl: Nuclear Disaster

by Nichol Bryan
     
 

When nuclear power goes out of control, human life hangs in the balance. In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, spreading a plume of poisonous radiation that drifted across the entire Northern Hemisphere. Learn the causes behind the environmental disaster resulting from the Chernobyl accident and what it taught us about nuclear power and our… See more details below

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When nuclear power goes out of control, human life hangs in the balance. In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, spreading a plume of poisonous radiation that drifted across the entire Northern Hemisphere. Learn the causes behind the environmental disaster resulting from the Chernobyl accident and what it taught us about nuclear power and our energy future.

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Children's Literature
In 1986, a nuclear reactor in a power plant in Chernobyl Ukraine exploded, sending radiation over several nations throughout Northern Europe. This disaster is considered the world's worst nuclear accident. Bryan describes how this cheap source of energy with the promise of less pollution led the old Soviet Union to build one of the largest nuclear power plants. Eventually, the plant began to have problems caused by cutting corners and a lack of knowledge in preventing radiation leaks. One of the chapters describes the explosion of the reactor and the fires that burned for days. Evacuation was slow, and consequently thousands of people living around the plant were exposed to radiation. Years later, people are still suffering from the effects of radiation poisoning. Clean-up began, and a cement wall was build around the damaged reactor, which was covered with a steel roof. However, the remaining three reactors were put back in operation. It was only in 2000 that the Chernobyl reactors were silenced for good. Color photographs, sidebars, time line, glossary and further information is included. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855043
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Environmental Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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