Marine life in Bikini blossomed after the explosion, 23 nuclear bombs

Marine life in Bikini blossomed after the explosion, 23 nuclear bombs

Despite the fact that in the 1950-ies the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific ocean recognized uninhabitable due to nuclear tests conducted on the island, the coral reef and the population living in this marine life has grown. This was reported on the website edition of The Guardian.

In 1954, the United States dropped on the bikini Atoll, 23 nuclear bombs, one of which is 1,100 times greater than the power device dropped on Hiroshima. However, a team of scientists from Stanford University found that marine life around the island continues to thrive.

Steve Palumbi, Professor of marine Sciences, said that the effect of radiation exposure on the ocean have never been studied in detail but research of its teams showed that the ocean is a very stable ecosystem.

Animals whose habitat is correlated with the location of the Chernobyl accident, suffered from a number of mutations, however, in the case of Bikini Atoll, scientists stated improvement in marine biodiversity. So, the team Palumbi found that formed by the explosion crater and the surrounding territory inhabited by giant schools of tuna, snappers, sharks, coral thickets reach the size of the car, and coconut crabs on the shore safely absorb radioactive coconuts.

All organisms look healthy and the corals have existed for decades, which suggests that they began to grow just a decade after the trials.

The researchers focused on the study of coral and coconut crabs, because they live longer than fish, and to assess the impact of radiation on their DNA a few decades after the atomic bombings easier than a fish, who died shortly after the explosion. Now the Atoll is inhabited by fish that are exposed to low level radiation contamination, as they often swim out of the island.