Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear weapons are a plague on society. These weapons have no positive effects or results, yet many countries today continue to create and stockpile these weapons. The creation and storing of these weapons have immense costs. They are extremely destructive. The cleanup after the detonation of one of these bombs can cost millions and the deactivation and decontamination of the weapon itself is incredibly expensive. What do these weapons actually do? How are they made? What do they cost? How can we stop the creation and use of them? Are there any alternatives to nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons are extremely complex devices. defines a nuclear weapon as “an explosive device whose destructive potential derives from the release of energy that accompanies the splitting or combining of atomic nuclei.” There are three types of nuclear weapons or bombs, the atomic bomb, the hydrogen bomb, and the neutron bomb. The atomic bomb is a fission bomb. This bomb is created by the joining and splitting of the atoms of heavy metals like plutonium. ( This is the type of bomb the U.S. used in World War II. With a destructive power unmatched at the time, this bomb was equal to about one million times the power of T.N.T. The bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima destroyed the entire city and killed about 100,000 people upon impact. Another 100,000 people died within the weeks following the explosion from radiation poisoning and other factors. The second type of nuclear bomb is the hydrogen bomb. This bomb is created by the fussing of light atoms like hydrogen being forced together with extreme heat and pressure. A small hydrogen bomb is 4-times as powerful as an atomic bomb. The explosion from a hydrogen bomb is many m... ... middle of paper ... ... Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Niagara Falls High School. 19 May.2010 e=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ3010611202&source=gale&s rcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=nysl_we_nfhs&version=1.0. "Nuclear Weapons Costs in the United States, 1940-1996." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 17 May 2010. "Nuclear Weapons." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 May. 2010. . "Nuclear Weapons." Encyclopedia Americana. 2010. Grolier Online. 19 May. 2010 Schwartz, Stephen I. "Atomic audit: what the U.S. nuclear arsenal has cost." Brookings Review 13.4 (1995): 14+. Business and Company ASAP. Web. 19 May 2010.
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