Thursday, April 17, 2008

Life Returns to Nuked Seabed

Ecologists diving on Bikini Atoll’s coral reefs were surprised to find a thriving ecosystem 50 years after the infamous nuclear tests that annihilated them, reports New Scientist. Expecting to mind a moonscape, ecologists were fascinated to find coral growing like trees in a 2-kilometer wide submarine crater created by one of the nuclear tests.

Radiation levels in the underwater are pretty low, but when scientists pointed their Geiger counters at coconuts on the shore, the detectors “went berserk.” Coconuts concentrate nutrients, minerals, and apparently radioactive material from the soil.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.