Sunday, December 5, 2010


       Karen Silkwood was a women that worked for as a chemical technician for Kerr-McGee plant and later became a union activist at the plant. The plant was responsible for producing material for nuclear systems, and the employees worked with radioactive material on a daily basis including Karen Silkwood.. After finding unhealthy safety events taking place in the plant, she began to her own investigation that was going to go public. Before this could happen, she was killed in a car accident that took place the night she was supposedly going to release her evidence to a reporter. She had also had issues of being infected or burned with radioactive material that seemed to be an intentional set up. Her death was determined to be an accident because she was found with drugs and alcohol in her system but many people believe she was murdered by being run off the road.

      My opinion of the movie and the situation is that she was probably on the right track with her evidence, but i do not believe she was murdered. I think she was meant to be scared at the plant by her incidents with the radioactive material. I think they wanted to make her quit and that was all they were trying to achieve. I do think the movie was very well done to leave it up to the viewer to make up his or her own mind. It did start out very slow, but I can understand why they wanted us to completely understand her background.


Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger grows in dense forest in the eastern part of the country. As you can see, the plant has heart shaped leaves and does not grow very tall. It can only reach a maximum height of about ten inches. It can grow so thick that you can barely see any part of the ground. They do have a flower that blooms in the spring and they stay close to the ground so they can be pollinated by ants.

Leaf Decomposition

Leaf litter is all the leaves that have fallen to the forest floor and start decomposing. They slowly are broken apart to come apart of the top most soil layer known as humus. This layer is filled with the most nutrients and can be ideal for growing other plants.

Southern Pine Beetle

The Southern Pine Beetle can have a great effect on tree growth even though it is just a small bug. Because the population can grow so rapidly outbreaks occur on occasion that vast loss of trees. They can go after any species of pine and range from Pennsylvania to Texas and then from New Mexico to Central America. The first indication that a tree is infected is a change in needle color. Then you will see small holes in the tree with sap leaking out. Once a tree is infected with the beetle, it is to late and they can move rapidly through a whole forest like they have done in Georgia. 

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