Energy Resources: Nuclear

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American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


Enormous forces hold together the nuclei of atoms. When certain types of atoms are split they release large amounts of energy. The process of splitting atoms is called nuclear fission. The heat produced from the nuclear fission is used to generate electricity in power plants. The generation of electricity from nuclear fission does not involve the use of fossil fuels and can be sustainable and clean. However, while nuclear energy does not release greenhouse gases, the risk of environmental contamination from nuclear accidents can be very serious. Despite this, nuclear power is presently producing electricity, without incident, in more than 400 power plants worldwide. Fur activities help students understand properties of nuclear power.

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