A (Radioactive) Cut in the Earth That Will Not Stay Closed

Scientific American A (Radioactive) Cut in the Earth That Will Not Stay Closed Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Zoellner’s book Uranium.
One of the most potentially dangerous places in the world is called Shinkolobwe, the name of a now-destroyed village in central Africa which took its name from a thorny fruit resembling an apple. After boiling, the outside of the fruit cools quickly but the inside is like a sponge. It retains hot water for a long time. Squeezing it results in a burn.
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