Long-time nuclear waste warning messages

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ISO radiation warning sign.

Long-time nuclear waste warning messages are intended to deter human intrusion at nuclear waste repositories in the far future, within or above the order of magnitude of 10,000 years. Nuclear semiotics is an interdisciplinary field of research, first done by the Human Interference Task Force since 1981.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has done extensive research in development of these messages. Since today's written languages are unlikely to survive, the research team has considered pictograms and hostile architecture.[1]

In Europe, the warning models rely mostly on integrating the waste disposal facilities within society so information about their presence can be passed on from generation to generation.[2] Into Eternity is a Finnish documentary about how the Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository tries to resolve the issue.

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  1. ^ Trauth, K.M.; Hora, S.C.; Guzowski, R.V. (1 November 1993). "Expert judgment on markers to deter inadvertent human intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant". Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). doi:10.2172/10117359. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Conca, James (17 April 2015). "Talking to the Future -- Hey, There's Nuclear Waste Buried Here!". forbes.com. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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