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Title: RECOVERY OF THE LAND PLANTS AT ENIWETOK ATOLL FOLLOWING A NUCLEAR DETONATION

Abstract

S>A long-term investigation was conducted at Eniwetok Atoll during 1954- 57 to determine the rate of recovery of land plants damaged by the radiation, shock, and heat blast of the Nectar detonation in 1954. At Belle Island seven plant species were tagged, measured, and photographed before the detonation. At approximately monthly intervals after the detonation for a period of ten months, and again after an interval of six months, the plants were observed and photographed. The first indication of recovery was observed on the eighth day, at which time buds were noticeable on stems of Scaevola and Messerschmidia plants. In a month's time, most of the plants had formed new leaves and some had produced flowers and fruits. In six months, the general condition of the vegetation was similar to that which existed before the detonation. Two plants, Guettarda and Portulaca, which were unhealthy at ten months, had improved by the sixteenth month. Photographs of the recovery of some of the plants are included, as well as a discussion of agents other than radiation which have been reported to cause similar damage to plants of the coral atolls of the Pacifie Ocean. (auth)

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Washington, Seattle
OSTI Identifier:
4786971
NSA Number:
NSA-16-012934
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Radiation Botany
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: Vol: 1; Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-62
Country of Publication:
Country unknown/Code not available
Language:
English
Subject:
BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE; ATOMIC EXPLOSIONS; FRUIT; LEAVES; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; PHOTOGRAPHY; PLANTS; RADIATION INJURIES; RECOVERY

Citation Formats

Palumbo, R F. RECOVERY OF THE LAND PLANTS AT ENIWETOK ATOLL FOLLOWING A NUCLEAR DETONATION. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 1962. Web.
Palumbo, R F. RECOVERY OF THE LAND PLANTS AT ENIWETOK ATOLL FOLLOWING A NUCLEAR DETONATION. Country unknown/Code not available.
Palumbo, R F. Mon . "RECOVERY OF THE LAND PLANTS AT ENIWETOK ATOLL FOLLOWING A NUCLEAR DETONATION". Country unknown/Code not available.
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title = {RECOVERY OF THE LAND PLANTS AT ENIWETOK ATOLL FOLLOWING A NUCLEAR DETONATION},
author = {Palumbo, R F},
abstractNote = {S>A long-term investigation was conducted at Eniwetok Atoll during 1954- 57 to determine the rate of recovery of land plants damaged by the radiation, shock, and heat blast of the Nectar detonation in 1954. At Belle Island seven plant species were tagged, measured, and photographed before the detonation. At approximately monthly intervals after the detonation for a period of ten months, and again after an interval of six months, the plants were observed and photographed. The first indication of recovery was observed on the eighth day, at which time buds were noticeable on stems of Scaevola and Messerschmidia plants. In a month's time, most of the plants had formed new leaves and some had produced flowers and fruits. In six months, the general condition of the vegetation was similar to that which existed before the detonation. Two plants, Guettarda and Portulaca, which were unhealthy at ten months, had improved by the sixteenth month. Photographs of the recovery of some of the plants are included, as well as a discussion of agents other than radiation which have been reported to cause similar damage to plants of the coral atolls of the Pacifie Ocean. (auth)},
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journal = {Radiation Botany},
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volume = Vol: 1,
place = {Country unknown/Code not available},
year = {1962},
month = {1}
}