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Nuclear reactors and meltdowns:
    Basic explanation of nuclear meltdown
   Nuclear reactors
   Nuclear power animations
   Glossaries

   Lists of links

See also:
Radiation
Nuclear teaching and learning
Nuclear accidents
Japan nuclear disaster 2011



 

The Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan appears to have had a partial meltdown, not "a meltdown".  For an explanation of the distinction see Meltdown 101: What is a nuclear reactor meltdown? (csmonitor.com)

Nuclear reactors and meltdowns:

Nuclear meltdown explanation   Nuclear meltdown (kids.net.au)
Online encyclopedia explanation of nuclear meltdown for kids.

What is a nuclear meltdown? (healthomg.com)
Answers the questions: What happens during a meltdown? What makes it so dangerous?

See also our Japan's partial nuclear meltdown explanations (videos) section.

Nuclear reactors   Nuclear Reactors (whatisnuclear.com)
Covers definition, components, animation, core, types,

How Nuclear Power Works (howstuffworks.com)
Remember to click at the bottom for further pages.
Uranium (nuclear) (eia.doe.gov/kids)
From the U.S. energy Information Administration

- Uranium (nuclear) Basics
     Nuclear energy. Nuclear fuel.
- Nuclear power plants
     Fission.
- Types of nuclear reactors
     Boiling-water reactors. Pressurized water reactors.
- Getting (producing) uranium
     Occurs in nature but must be processed.
- Nuclear power and the environment
     No carbon dioxide. Radioactive waste. Spent fuel storage and
     decommissioning. Safety and security.

 

NRC Students' Corner (nrc.gov)
From the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- What is nuclear energy?
- Nuclear reactors
    Pressurized water reactor. Boiling water reactor.
- Radiation
- Emergency planning
- Security
- Decommissioning
- Radioactive waste


Nuclear power animations   Nuclear Fission Simulation (phet.colorado.edu)
Includes a list of further teaching resources.

Nuclear Fission Animated (youtube.com)

Pressurized Water Reactor (youtube.com)

Safety Features of a Boiling Water Reactor (youtube.com)

See also Japan nuclear disaster visualizations

Images   New photos of reactor building partial collapse (uvdiv.blogspot.com)
Only one Japanese photo, but the other two are links to many more images. (12 March 2011)

Glossaries   Glossary for Fukushima Daiichi crisis (blogs.cnn)

Japanese Disasters Need-to-Know Glossary (languagemonitor.com)

USNRC Glossary (nrc.gov)
Large list of terms defined on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website. A full-text glossary is also provided.

Lists of links   Atoms, Nuclei and Particles - dmoz Directory (dmoz.org)

Nuclear Age (42explore2.com)


See also Radiation

 

 

 

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