The Most Radioactive Places on Earth

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Spoiler alert! The most radioactive place on Earth may be much closer than you think! Explore some of the world's radioactive hot spots with an engaging video from the Veritasium playlist. Content includes the units used to measure radiation exposure, the amount of radiation still present in places such as Chernobyl and the Trinity test site, and surprising sources of high levels of radiation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to supplement a nuclear chemistry lesson plan or case study of nuclear disasters
  • Follow up the resource with a helpful graphic representation of its information, included with the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Plan to discuss some of the locations in the video if students are not aware of what happened there

  • The resource uses bananas, a source of radiation, to put the levels of exposure in perspective for viewers
  • The narrator uses a Geiger counter at every location, which provides quantitative evidence of radiation for viewers to compare

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