Nuclear Reactor in Antiquity

Well, before I go into this, let me tell you two facts about this post. One, its not ‘entirely’ my research, I was looking through the internet for Vile Vortices and accidentally happened to stumble upon an article talking of a 2 Billion year old nuclear reactor.  The second fact is, when I started reading the original article, I wasn’t completely convinced, though I completely believe the fact that history of human civilization goes way back into predated history. But a nuclear reactor 2 billion years old? I couldn’t comprehend it. However I continued to read. As the article unfolded, facts seemed to fit in, and in course of my research I observed that NASA too has a view about this reactor, that is consistent to the essence of the original article. So here we are, in Gabon Republic of Africa – at the worlds oldest reminiscences of what looks like a nuclear reactor for distant antiquity.

 

The remnants of nuclear reactors nearly two billion years old were found in the 1970s in Africa. This is what NASA has to observe, “The remnants of nuclear reactors nearly two billion years old were found in the 1970s in Africa. These reactors are thought to have occurred naturally. No natural reactors exist today, as the relative density of fissile uranium has now decayed below that needed for a sustainable reaction. Pictured above is Fossil Reactor 15, located in Oklo, Gabon. Uranium oxide remains are visible as the yellowish rock. Oklo by-products are being used today to probe the stability of the fundamental constants over cosmological time and distance scales and to develop more effective means for disposing of human-manufactured nuclear waste”. This could be located at :: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100912.html

In 1972, a French company imported some uranium ore from Oklo in the Gabon Republic in Africa. Surprisingly the uranium concentration in the ore was as low as spent uranium fuel from a nuclear reactor. The finding led scientists to believe that the uranium had already been used for energy production. This discovery shocked the world and attracted scientists from many countries to go to Oklo for further investigation. The results showed that the uranium mine was an ancient nuclear reactor. The ancient reactor consisted of five hundred tons of utilized uranium ore in six different areas. Its output power was estimated to be approximately one hundred kilowatts. The reactor was perfectly preserved and its layout was very rational. It is estimated that the reactor had been in operation for around 500,000 years. Furthermore, nuclear wastes produced in this reactor had not spread all over the surrounding areas. Instead, they were confined within the separate sections.

The research is on for further facts. But at this moment we can only ask, who made this? Why was it used? Did we have intelligent beings 2 billion years ago, who could not only generate, but also harness the powers of a nuclear reaction. If yes then it ushers us into a plethora of unanswered question, we perhaps have absolutely no idea about. Truth seeking has never been so astonishing for me, this finding has come as a jolt.

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