[ RadSafe ] Hibaku Trees

Rees, Brian G brees at lanl.gov
Mon Mar 11 08:21:59 CDT 2013

There wasn't really any contamination of the soil, the Hiroshima blast was an air blast, so its lethal effects were blast and heat primarily.  When you look at lethal levels of radiation from an air blast you find that the thermal exposures are a much greater concern at the same distance.  I suppose a seed submerged in soil could be exposed to high levels of radiation and not burned beyond viability.

Brian Rees

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From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Lawrence Jacobi
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Hibaku Trees

Has anyone ever heard of Hibaku trees ("A-bomb trees")?  If so, are you aware of any genetic alterations related to these trees?  I was just wondering if the intense radiation of the blast followed by the subsequent contamination of the soil had any effect on these particular trees.

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