Plutonium and the Rio Grande: Environmental Change and Contamination in the Nuclear Age

Plutonium and the Rio Grande: Environmental Change and Contamination in the Nuclear Age

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by William L. Graf
     
 

The first atomic bombs were constructed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where lab workers disposed of waste plutonium in nearby canyons leading to the Rio Grande. Today, the environmental consequences are just beginning to be understood as scientists examine the effects created by past mishandling of one of the most toxic chemical wastes known. Written in an

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Overview

The first atomic bombs were constructed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where lab workers disposed of waste plutonium in nearby canyons leading to the Rio Grande. Today, the environmental consequences are just beginning to be understood as scientists examine the effects created by past mishandling of one of the most toxic chemical wastes known. Written in an engaging, accessible style, Plutonium and the Rio Grande is the first book to offer a complete exploration of this environmental history. It includes an explanation of what plutonium is, how much of it was released by the Los Alamos workers, and how much entered the river system directly from waste disposal and indirectly, as a result of atomic bomb fallout. The book includes extensive appendices, maps, diagrams, and photographs. Environmental managers, ecologists, hydrologists and other river specialists, as well as concerned general readers will find the book readable and informative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195089332
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Related Research
2. Plutonium and Los Alamos
3. The Northern Rio Grande
4. Fluvial Sediment, Forms and Processes
5. Engineering Works
6. Riparian Vegetation
7. Plutonium Sources in the Rio Grande System
8. Annual Plutonium Budget for the Rio Grande
9. Plutonium Storage Upstream from Cochiti
10. Plutonium Storage Near Albuquerque
11. Simulation of Sediment and Plutonium Dynamics
12. General Lessons and Conclusions

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