Nuclear Energy and its Mechanics

Made by Sabrina Hait


Uranium, or nuclear energy, is made with a non-renewable resource- the element uranium- that is found buried in the Earth's crust and then used to create power. The energy itself is created in nuclear power plants! It is mined in the United States using conventional and in situ mining- a video explains this process.

How Is Uranium Mining Conducted in the United States?

The Creation!

Making nuclear energy first starts with the splitting (fission) or combining (fusion) of an atom(s). The heat made from this is used to create steam. This steam powers turbines which power generators, making power!!
Big image


As of 2011, 10% of the world's electricity was generated from nuclear power. It is also used to power some ship propulsion engines, along with being used in the process of desalinating water and powering heating systems!

Sadly, the most that is created from nuclear energy is tumors and radioactive waste. And bombs. Lots of bombs.

Big image
Nations such as the US, Mexico, Canada, Russia, and China are actively using nuclear energy. Certain nations in Africa and others in Asia and Europe also use it as well.

Money's A No Go

Sadly, there are actually no cost benefits to this energy. The costs of constructing plants, operating them, mining the necessary materials, and recycling the needed water to ensure that there are no reactor meltdowns far outweighs the money that is pulled in from its use.
Big image

A Short Explanation of the Environmental Costs

Energy & Electricity in Science : How Does Nuclear Energy Affect the Environment?

The A's VS. The D's

Big image