Nuclear waste disposal, site research

Nuclear waste disposal, site research

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Caption: Nuclear waste disposal. Geologist examining soil cores obtained during research into an underground storage chamber for long-term nuclear waste. Before long-term nuclear waste is stored underground, the area must be examined for geological activity. Also, the soil and ground characteristics must be studied. This is intended to prevent earthquakes and rising water tables releasing the radioactive waste. Long-term nuclear waste, produced by nuclear fission reactions in nuclear power stations, will remain dangerously radioactive for hundreds of years. This research is being carried out at Bure, near Meuse, France. Photographed in 2004.

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