The Gabon Republic in Africa is considered a rich source of uranium. Forty- two years ago, a French mining company imported uranium ore from Oklo in Gabon, and discovered the uranium had already been extracted.
It contained 0.3 percent of uranium-235, whereas natural uranium contains 0.7 percent of uranium-235.
So where had the uranium gone?
The site where the uranium had come from was found to be a very technical underground nuclear reactor that surpassed our current scientific knowledge.
Scientists from around the world were astounded and shocked at this discovery and went to investigate.
It was ascertained that the nuclear reactor was 1.8 billion years old, and had been in operation for around half a million years.
French scientist Perrin and others came to the conclusion that the uranium samples from the Oklo plant had the same level of the isotopes present in used nuclear fuel generated in today’s nuclear power plants.
These findings were made public at an International Atomic Energy Agency Conference, and scientists discussed how in various sections of the mine fuel waste and traces of fission products were discovered.
The mine’s nuclear reactor was several miles long, and any thermal impact to the environment was confined to around 130 feet all round.
This was quite unbelievable to many, and the mine was labeled “naturally occurring.”
To date, no other “natural reactors” have been found anywhere on the planet.
But one man, Dr. Glen Seaborg, a Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the synthesis of heavy metals, and former head of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, disputed this.
He explained that the water used in the nuclear reactor had to be extremely pure, as even a few parts per million of contaminant would be sufficient to taint the reaction, and bring it to a standstill.
Dr. Seaborg was puzzled, as he claimed water pure enough for the reactor to operate did not exist on the planet, and it had to be manufactured.
This led to the question, was the reactor man-made?
Furthermore, several experts claimed the uranium ore in the Gabon reactor had never been rich enough in U-235 for a natural reaction to take place.
The radioactive disintegration of U-235 would have been slow even when the deposits were first formed, much too low for a nuclear reaction to occur.
But a reaction did indeed happen!
Scientists at present are very interested in Oklo, as the contaminated waste still remains close to where it was generated a couple of billion years ago.
They hope to be able to apply their findings at Oklo to today’s methods of contaminated waste disposal.
Perhaps in the future more evidence will come to light on this large-scale nuclear reactor, the only one of it’s kind in the world.
Could it be possible the Oklo reactor belonged to a prehistoric civilization?
A civilization that was around 2 billion years old, and more advanced than we are today!