Gallery: The Oklo Reactor: The World’s Only Natural Nuclear Reactor

 

Nuclear power is often perceived as a technology that defies the natural order – but simply head to Africa and you’ll find the world’s first and only natural nuclear reactor. Located in the Oklo region of Gabon in Africa, the Oklo Reactor consists of 16 uranium-rich sites where self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions took place billions of years ago. The reactors ran for a few hundred thousand years, averaging 100 kW of power output during that time.

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