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The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor

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26 Jan 09 - Two billion years ago parts of an African uranium deposit spontaneously underwent nuclear fission. The details of this remarkable phenomenon, found in the Oklo deposit in Gabon (a former French colony in west equatorial Africa), are just now becoming clear. 

Researchers have found evidence of natural nuclear reactions in 16 separate areas within the Oklo and adjacent Okelobondo uranium mines.

 “It is truly amazing,” says the article, “that more than a dozen natural reactors spontaneously sprang into existence and that they managed to maintain a modest power output for perhaps a few hundred millennia.”

            I discuss this discovery in Oklo in both “Not by Fire but by Ice” and
           “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps” (but in far less detail
            than in this article).

            I use the Oklo discovery as evidence that natural reactions can - and do -
            occur on our planet.

See entire article by Alex P. Meshik
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=ancient-nuclear-reactor
Thanks to John (JT) Tregidga for this link
 

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