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Uranium Dust in Antarctica from Australia? – What a Surprise

Posted on: May 2, 2010

Uranium Dust in Antarctica? This appeared ABC Online today.

“An ice core from the Antarctic bears traces of uranium that may have been carried by the wind from Australian mines in 1995, a glacier expert has told a Chilean newspaper.The minuscule amounts of the radioactive element “correspond to a year (1995) when Australia increased its uranium production,” Ricardo Jana, who participates in an international research effort in the frozen continent, told the El Mercurio daily.He said scientists theorise the uranium particles were carried by the wind from Australia and deposited in the northern part of the Antarctic’s Detroit peninsula.”

Well, the Chilean should chill out and come to Australia during one of our usual summer dust storms in the bush lifting huge amounts of uranium rich earth into the atmosphere for past eons, sometimes for days on end, a natural phenomenon. Perhaps Dr. Jana feels left out of the ecoscientific circle after Copenhagen and needs the publicity?

Read Story http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/03/2888354.htm


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