What links nuclear weapons and wine

(ORDO NEWS) — On July 16, 1945, the US Army conducted the first-ever nuclear test, codenamed Trinity, as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project. Since then, more than 2,000 nuclear tests have been carried out around the world.

Each nuclear explosion releases several hundred grams of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 (radiocesium), which has a half-life of about 30 years. This suggests that radiocesium does not usually occur in nature, being a by-product of humanity’s militancy.

Radiocesium dust is very light and quickly dissipates in the atmosphere, reacting with rainwater to form soluble salts. With heavy rains, radiocesium enters the soil, where plants absorb it with water.

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Thus, any wine bottled after 1945 contains a small amount of radiocaesium, which in general does not pose any danger to connoisseurs of this drink. However, this parameter is used to detect bottles, which, as sellers of exclusive goods often lie, were bottled several centuries ago.

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