Nuclear Waste Disposal

Nuclear Waste Disposal

by Tony Hare

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- An introduction to nuclear energy and the problem of its disposal. Full-color pictures and diagrams of the nuclear pile and of the uranium pellets used for fuel are clear, simplified, and well coordinated with the text. Hare includes a discussion of nuclear tailings from mining and generator waste. The issues involved in ocean dumping and the danger of ground water pollution are dealt with, and are accompanied by excellent illustrations. One of the strongest sections deals with energy reserves of coal, oil, and gas, discussing some of the risks associated with their use. Alternative energy sources and their limits are explained. In the last three sections, the author weighs the dangers as opposed to energy needs, listing environmental associations and suggestions. On the last pages, the real threat and reason for solving the nuclear waste problem is spelled out in terms of long-range effects on the food chain and contamination of ground water; this section is nonsensational and is complemented with maps, graphs, and cutaways. An excellent condensation of information about a difficult global concern. --Elizabeth Morrissett, Alaska State Library, Juneau

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Save Our Earth Ser.
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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