So, Sand is Cold Glass then?
Sand is cold glass… Are you talking in your sleep?!! Wake up, will yuh?!
Well, but glass is super hot sand though.
We’re not completely simple, dear reader. We aren’t entirely inept. There is something like truth in there somewhere. Is sand cold glass? No. Is glass a product of liquefied sand, heated to over 3,000 degrees? Yes. So much sand. Glass is made in laboratories and factories; different types of glass for various applications, like auto glass, window glass, mirrored glass, etc.
If you look up the word “vitrification”, you’ll get two starkly different definitions. The first involves the cryopreservation of living human tissue. This has nothing to do with glass. The second refers to the transformation of a “substance” into glass. There are a number of articles discussing the vitrification of nuclear waste into glass, so that’s good and makes plenty of sense.
“Afternoon neighbor, may I offer you a cold beverage? Maybe a glass of atomic tea? Perhaps a nuclear night cap?!”
So, theoretically we’re collecting nuclear waste and then we’re drying it, then melting and mixing it with “glass ingredients” and turning it to glass. Radioactive glass. Oh okay, excellent, I get it now. I was confused for a moment, but I feel better. It would be weird if we had all this nuclear waste that wasn’t also glass.
Actually, if I weren’t such a rube, the complexities of nuclear waste disposal would not be so utterly lost on me. According to world-nuclear.org, “before disposal, nuclear wastes need to be in solid form and resistant to leaching”. They go on to discuss the great pains involved in treating radioactive waste materials, and the efforts put forth to create responsible disposal protocol. Cements, polymers, and casketizing in drums are other methods of disposal control of nuclear waste.
There we have it. There you go. Glass is cool, kids! Its made out of all kinds of rad things, like sand! And radioactive waste!