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A Nuclear Winter's TaleScience and Politics in the 1980s$
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Lawrence Badash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012720

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001

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Scientific Disciplines in Isolation, 2: Those with Less Obvious Connections to Nuclear War

Scientific Disciplines in Isolation, 2: Those with Less Obvious Connections to Nuclear War

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(p.33) 3 Scientific Disciplines in Isolation, 2: Those with Less Obvious Connections to Nuclear War
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A Nuclear Winter's Tale
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Lawrence Badash

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0003

Nuclear war analysts often compared nuclear detonations to volcanic eruptions. The connection between volcanic eruptions and climatic changes, suggested long ago by Benjamin Franklin and others, received serious interest from researchers only in the early twentieth century. Today, however, a direct comparison between volcanic eruptions and nuclear war is deemed inappropriate owing to the different absorption properties of sulfuric acid and silica dust than dark smoke. Furthermore, the distributions of particle sizes are different, and warfare would give rise to fine particles from a variety of sources rather than a single location. This chapter examines scientific disciplines with less obvious connections to nuclear war, including volcanic eruptions, ozone depletion, planetary studies, dinosaur extinction, and the asteroid impact hypothesis.

Keywords:   nuclear war, scientific disciplines, volcanic eruptions, ozone depletion, planetary studies, dinosaur extinction, asteroid impact hypothesis

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