The Immediate Aftermath
With the core now fully exposed, a plume of smoke, radioactive fission products and debris rose up to about 1km into the air. The material was carried northwest by the wind – mainly to Belarus, though other areas were affected, including Ukraine. Fires broke out all over the plant. About 250 firemen were called, many of whom were not equipped with measuring instruments to monitor the radiation dosages they were receiving. The operators and rescue workers are to be commended – many stayed on call in the area after having been relieved of their duties and many risked their lives to save others and bring the situation under control. Most of the fires had been extinguished by 05:00, but the graphite fire continued for another nine days. The main release of radioactivity into the environment was caused by the burning graphite. http://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A2922103
Have been looking at how radiation is presented, and explained in recent centuries. What is ra-diation? How do we interact with “it.” And it with us. Also the types and spectrums of radiation. Came upon picture-book version for recent history, with nicely done primer images:
“A short lesson in how radiation enters the human body, compliments of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. These images are from a booklet on nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll…” Thanks to http://www.IodineHistory.blogspot.com for pulling together the images. http://iodinehistory.blogspot.com/2013/02/radiation-101.html
1.PHYSICS: the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles, esp. high-energy particles that cause ionization.
the energy transmitted by radiation, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
plural noun: radiations.
verb: 1. emit (energy, esp. light or heat) in the form of rays or waves.
“the hot stars radiate energy”
synonyms: emit, give off, give out, discharge, diffuse; More
(of light, heat, or other energy) be emitted in the form of rays or waves.
“the continual stream of energy that radiates from the sun”
synonyms: shine, beam, emanate.
adjective: 1.having rays or parts proceeding from a center; arranged in or having a radial pattern.
“the radiate crown”
Origin early 17th cent.: from L
mid-15c., “act or process of radiating,” from Middle French radiation and directly from Latin radiationem (nominative radiatio) “a shining, radiation,” noun of action from past participle stem of radiare “to beam, shine, gleam; make beaming,” from radius “beam of light; spoke of a wheel” (see radius). Meaning “rays or beams emitted” is from 1560s. Meaning “divergence from a center” is 1650s.
“An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual.” via:http://www.susunweed.com/How_to_make_Infusions.htm
Suggested Length of Time for Infusions in glass jars:
Roots and barks: 8 hours minimum.
Leaves: 4 hours minimum.
Flowers:2 hours minimum.
Seeds/berries: 30min. minimum. ( I add much more time for most seeds.)
AND FOR THE BASICS OF WHY TO DRINK SUCH NOURISHMENT READ HERE: