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The Danger Of Nuclear Weapons Essay

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Nuclear weapons are the "most dangerous weapons on earth (2)." A bomb made back in the 1940s could destroy whole cities and leave behind deadly radiation. As technology has progressed, so has the destructive power of these bombs. Just in the 1960s, the Soviet Union had developed and tested a bomb that was well over 3,000 times as powerful as the Bombs in the '40s, and it would have caused third-degree burns to people standing over 60 miles away, and it broke windows as far away as Norway (4). Nuclear bombs can turn the world into a dystopia because of their destructive power, the ability to transport them and detonate them precisely, and the after-effects of the detonation.

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Each is used to achieve a specific goal. A surface burst will not be as widespread as an air burst, however the damage will be more extensive in the area it is concentrated on. An air burst will have a widespread impact. The blast wave will reach the ground and cause damage to structures. A high altitude burst can create a fireball many times the size of one on the ground (because of the low air pressure) and as a result the shockwave can travel for hundreds of miles and can disable electronics. An underground or underwater burst can be designed to penetrate the surface, which can cause nuclear fallout (1).

Fallout happens when material is sent upward into the sky from the blast, as a radioactive isotope (5, page 14). This material will fall and settle on the ground, and make reconstruction or rescue missions more complex. Radioactive material can cause damage to a person's cells. Radiation mixed with burned tissue can result in tumor-like growths called keloids. It can also cause long-term damage to blood cells, especially white blood cells, which in turn could damage a person's immune system. Powerful radiation could make a person loose hair in clumps, and very powerful radiation can cause damage to...

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