The Elephant’s Foot of the Chernobyl disaster, 1986

A monster was born in the Chernobyl disaster - one of the most dangerous things in the world. 

The “Elephant’s Foot” is a solid mass made of melted nuclear fuel mixed with lots and lots of concrete, sand, and core sealing material that the fuel had melted through. It is located in a basement area under the original location of the core. In 1986 the radiation level on the Elephant’s Foot was measured at 10,000 roentgens per hour, and anyone who approached would have received a fatal dose in under a minute. After just 30 seconds of exposure, dizziness and fatigue will find you a week later. Two minutes of exposure and your cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. At 300 seconds you have two days to live.

When the above photo was taken, 10 years after the disaster, the Elephant’s Foot was only emitting one-tenth of the radiation it once had. Still, merely 500 seconds of exposure would prove fatal.

anonymous asked:

I can't stop giving my quadraped dinosaurs the 'elephant foot/leg' sundrome. Do you have any good references on how quadraped dinosaur foot/legs actually look?

Well, that depends on what kind of dinosaur! Sauropod hands looked like this:

While their feet looked like this:

(it’s not missing a head, that’s the angle)

Ceratopsian hands and feet can be seen very well in Saurian’s model:

While their Ankylosaur shows its hands and feet:

Stegosaurs’ were more like sauropods’.

And styracosternans’ hands were like mittens, while their feet were like chunky theropod feet.

To Do:

1. Get out of bed. Roll across the sheets before you stand and tangle yourself like a caterpillar because that’ll never go out of style. Seriously, it’s fun as hell.

2. Brew coffee or tea or something else cozy. Drink it hot and in front of a window so you can watch the war going on just past the glass. Wear a blanket across your knees, it’ll be your shield.

3. Make a second cup of coffee/tea/hot drink of your choice. Repeat step number 2. Watch the steam fog up the window and draw shapes in it’s haze. Maybe you’ll see the doodles the next time it’s misty. Consider something magic. You can never have enough time exploring the inside of your own skull.

4. Put on music you haven’t listened to before. Pay attention to the lyrics, you might hear yourself. Then dance until your heart is beating to the time of the song. It’ll make you feel alive.

5. Step outside. Smell the rain and the new life and the melting air, that’ll make you feel alive too. Let the rain hit every part of you. Your finger tips, your eyelids, your teeth. Feel it dance on your skin. Remember it was once inside a dinosaur.

6. Listen to it pound elephant foot pinprick drumbeats on the roof. You might hear yourself, I know I have. Notice the way it crescendos and decrescendos like a choir of a million voices. You might fall in love.

7. Run your fingers across the brail of the clouds. The peaks and the caverns of cotton water. They’ll roar epics like you’ve never heard before. Furious and bright and deep and dark all at once. You might fall in love.

8. Watch your favorite movie, twice. Don’t let the rain distract you. It doesn’t need all your attention all day today. It has work to do, feeding the earth and drowning the heat. You deserve to sit back for a while.

9. Forget it’s raining and let yourself feel the tiny jolt of surprise when you notice the tears still rolling down your windows. Possibly repeat step 2.

10. Go to bed to melody of the droplets in the gutters and the baritone of water rushing through the streets. The storm will battle through the night if it so feels the need. You can sleep now.

—  A.O.A.M || To Do List For A Rainy Day
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
—  Desmond Tutu

Chernobyl; Elephants Foot

The massive blob in the picture above, called Elephants Foot because of its shape, is being described as the closest thing to Medusa we will ever get.

To look at it with your own eyes would mean certain death, it has a surface radiation level of 10000 REM/Hour - which is extremely high. Just 350 REM gives a person a 50/50 chance of surviving.


Large amounts of corium were formed during the Chernobyl disaster. The molten mass of reactor core dripped under the reactor vessel and now is solidified in forms of stalactitesstalagmites, and lava flows; the best known formation is the “Elephant’s Foot”, located under the bottom of the reactor in a Steam Distribution Corridor.


Mistook (Care For Series)

Originally posted by laurensparkesstuff

Pair: Thorin Oakenshield x Healer!Reader (a pretty short one too lol) + Gandalf being a sweet fatherly figureGenre: Arguing, Angst, Fluff

Inspired by prompts from imaginexhobbit x

A/N: Thorin and Y/N are at each other’s throats, and are unable to see eye to eye. Will things improve as they continue on the quest? Or will things turn too sour to patch things up?


We were on the road again before too long, and as time went on, I realised that they, the dwarves, we’re starting to slowly warm up to me.

Bombur began allowing me to cut the meat without having to look over my shoulder frequently to check if I had stole extra for myself (as we all know, he loves his meat). Bofur always told me various stories of his adventures both at Erebor and at Ered Luin, Bifur beside him always trying to exaggerate the stories further with his excessive movements and eye bulging as he spoke ferociously in Khuzdul.

Ori taught me how to knit my own little mittens and scarf as winter closed in, continuing to help when creating some for the other dwarves of the company. I made sure to help Dori keep everything organised to his exact critique and kept an eye on Ori as promised. 

I became a listener for Nori to speak to about his “hobbies,” and to stop himself from stealing from either Bilbo or the other company members. Even for Gloin as he sometimes tearfully spoke about his wife and young son Gimli who had stayed behind at the Ered Luin.

Oin took me under his wing almost immediately after finding out that I had been a nurse in my village, his teachings proving very useful. Dwalin also took it upon himself to educate me about the different weapons that could be used to kill me. What a great subject to speak about over the fire.

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samid11  asked:

i just remembered ringo starr is selling a really bad ms paint drawing called "yer baby" for $3,800

I like his ms paint drawing called “A elephant foot”

anonymous asked:

im about to have my own little garden space!! any recommended starter plants?


basil is a really good starter bc its easy to tell when its unhappy. it becomes wilty if it needs water so its mega easy to tell.

mint grows and overpowers other plants really quick so make sure u don’t plant it in the same soil as other plants. if you are planting in the ground, maybe plant the mint in a pot and then into the ground? otherwise it’ll choke out the rest

lavender smells really mega good but mine got mites somehow? idk what happened lol

rosemary is a rather common spell ingredient

chamomile is common too

white sage is endangered, so growing your own would be good instead of buying it from places that may over-harvest it

other plants-
succulents are SO easy!!!! love em! EXTREMELY easy to propagate!!! 

cacti are easy too and great

vines are cool and grow rather fast and heck yea. theyre also very easy to propagate 

house plants in general are great and i love them. they’ll purify the air in your room and work as a constant cleansing source!

elephants foot is super easy too and i love mine so much omg. you can tell when they need a change in watering conditions if the tips of their leaves turn yellow

some tips- 
make sure when you’re buying plants you check the amount of sun they need and place them accordingly. if a plant needs partial shade, you don’t want them somewhere that’ll get full sun.

indoor plants will receive indirect sun unless the windows are open. 

watch for bugs and mites in your plants. if you find that one of your plants is infested, isolate it from your others so they don’t get the bugs as well

watch for infection. different plants may suffer from different things (like root rot, powder mildew, etc) so google the symptoms and treat accordingly. again, isolate the plant to prevent the spread of infection

don’t overwater. wait to water until the top inch or two of dirt is dry

please research the type of plant before you buy it to make sure it isn’t poisonous to any pets you may have. for example, lilies, which are very common, are incredibly poisonous to both cats and dogs. make sure u research this kind of stuff first, please!!!

best of luck!!!