Deep Geological Repository
Thorsten Stumpf with Frank Bok, Harald Foerstendorf, Carola Franzen, Katharina Müller, Anke Richter, Simon Schmitt
Institute of Resource Ecology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (more)
1,000,000 years – this is the period of time it will take until the radionuclides, which humans produced in a century, have finally decayed. This is also the period of time, in which deep geological repositories have to prevent dissemination of radioactive waste into the biosphere. To illustrate this unimaginable forecasting horizon, 1,000,000 years are projected onto a “time rope” – into the past as well as into the future. By highlighting historical and prospective moments of mankind the “time rope” visualizes how long humanity will have to deal with the disposal of radioactive waste.