A3_5 Earth's Radioactive Diet

Yianis Goodman, Benjamin Griffiths, Angaraj Duara, Alexia P.M. Southern


In this paper we consider the mass loss due to radioactive decay of Uranium, Thorium and Potassium. We do this by considering the mass loss during the decay of each of the isotope. We found that the mass loss of the Earth would be 4.32 x 10^17 kg by the time all nuclear fission reaction have occurred for these isotopes. This results in a total energy output of 3.88 x 10^34 J.

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