Scientists: Bikini Atoll Corals are Thriving Even After Nuclear Explosions

17.07.2017

Specialists at Stanford University conducted research on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean and received unexpected results. In 1940-1950, as part of the tests, 23 nuclear bombs were blown up here, one of which was 1100 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. However, the marine inhabitants managed to adapt to radiation. How this could happen remains to be found out.

Scientists: Bikini Atoll Corals are Thriving Even After Nuclear Explosions

It turned out that the ecosystem of the ocean is able to make even such a large-scale radioactive contamination. During the examination of the crater, which was formed as a result of a nuclear explosion, scientists found a huge amount of different fish including sharks, groupers and tuna, and also coral thickets-sized passenger car. Living organisms feel fine, no abnormalities were found. For example, coconut crabs without any consequences continue to eat radioactive nuts. The authors intend to study the DNA of crabs and corals to see what changes had taken place. In the future, the data obtained can help in studying the effects of radiation on humans.