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Nuclear Fallout

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Nuclear Fallout (p. 40)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

Atomic and nuclear explosions have created terrible environmental damage, both at the time of explosion and through fallout, or the descent of radioactive particles after such an explosion. Research the effects of fallout as experienced in Japan after World War II, in the Ukraine with the 1986 accident at Chernobyl, or at various nuclear testing sites. How much does Aiken's world resemble a real-life nuclear aftermath? How is it different? Write a short research paper about your findings.

U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission http://www.nrc.gov/
The official site of this independent agency, created by the government to oversee the use of nuclear materials in the United States.

International Atomic Energy Agency http://www.iaea.or.at/
The Web site of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Canadian Nuclear Association http://www.cna.ca/
The Canadian Nuclear Association is an organization devoted to the development of nuclear energy for purposes other than armament. The site includes a FAQ sheet, a special section on Chernobyl, and many other useful links related to the use of nuclear energy.

A-Bomb WWW Museum http://www.csi.ad.jp/ ABOMB/ index.html
A virtual museum depicting the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its aftermath.

"Nuclear Reaction" http://www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ pages/ frontline/ shows/ reaction/
This companion web site to this PBS Frontline feature has information on nuclear energy issues, interviews, a glossary of terms, and resources links on both sides of the nuclear energy debate.