The reason inhabitants of the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific Ocean cannot return to their homeland after the US conducted nuclear weapons tests in the area during World War II is because the soil is still contaminated with radiation. This hidden danger is caused by the radioactive isotope cesium 137. Cesium 137 is very similar to potassium and so it’s drawn in by plants which mistake it for actual potassium. The indigenous people of Bikini believe that their homeland is a gift from God to be ...
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