Environmental impacts of underground nuclear weapons testing

By Sulgiye Park, Rodney C. Ewing | March 7, 2024

View of the crater left by the Sedan underground nuclear test of July 6, 1962 at the Nevada Test Site, part of the Plowshare Program. The test served to assess possible non-military applications of nuclear explosions. When the device buried 635 feet deep exploded, the 104-kiloton blast displaced 12 million tons of earth and created a crater 1,280 feet wide. See the size of the roads in the bottom-right of the picture for a sense of scale. (Credit: US Government / National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office Photo Library, Public domain)

Environmental impacts of underground nuclear weapons testing

By Sulgiye Park, Rodney C. Ewing | March 7, 2024


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