Is it possible that a modern-day uranium mine in Africa was actually a nuclear facility created by some advanced, prehistoric civilization? While some scientists insist the site is “naturally occurring,” there are other credible sources who challenge that narrative.
Forty-five years ago, a mining company from France imported uranium ore from Oklo in the Gabon Republic. However, there was a problem with the ore—a big problem: The uranium content from the ore had somehow already been extracted. When it should have contained 0.7 percent uranium-235, the ore only had 0.3 percent.
This discovery shocked the scientific community worldwide. Scientists gathered there from around the world to examine the phenomenon, and their conclusion was simply astounding. They concluded that the uranium mine was actually some kind of highly advanced nuclear reactor—something far beyond what present-day nuclear technology can produce.
Even more astonishing, the nuclear reactor was determined to be 1.8 billion years old and had apparently been in action for half a million years.
Francis Perrin, a French physicist, along with other scientists, came to the conclusion that the uranium samples from the Oklo site had the same level of isotopes as that found in nuclear waste from modern-day nuclear power plants.
While several specialists agreed that there is never enough uranium-235 present in natural sources at any one time to enable a natural reaction to occur, the question arose: just how did the uranium-235 get used up?
Many scientists found this conclusion unbelievable and labeled the seemingly artificial phenomenon as, “wondrous” but “naturally occurring,” while others concluded that this setup could not have occurred naturally, and therefore must have been man-made. Their findings were discussed at the Atomic Energy Agency Conference.
Dr. Glen Seaborg, a Nobel Prize winner and former boss of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
One famous scientist, Dr. Glen Seaborg, a Nobel Prize winner and former boss of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, expressed his reservations about the site being “naturally occurring.”
He explained that water used in a nuclear reactor has to be extremely pure—far purer than any water found naturally. At the same time, the reaction “moderator” must also be extremely pure. Even the slightest contamination—just a few parts-per-million of boron for example—would poison the reaction, bringing it to a halt.
As no such conditions could possibly have occurred naturally, artificial refinement processing would have been required for such a reaction to take place. Thus, the phenomenon must have been created artificially—in other words, man-made.
Understanding more about how this facility operated could potentially assist modern-day nuclear energy technology.
So, what do you think? Was this finding a naturally occurring phenomenon? If so, then how had the uranium content been extracted? Or, was this site actually part of an ancient, man-made nuclear facility that existed nearly 2 billion years ago?
In our modern times, evidence to support the latter has become the basis for arguments in favor of nuclear waste repositories such as the one planned at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Please share your thoughts!