Witness to the Cold War

Emmet Gowin

Gowin’s photographs of the Nevada Test Site (now known as the Nevada National Security Site) show us the extremity of our darkest dreams laid bare in the Mojave Desert — the scars of technology gone mad, revealing a moonscape of craters right here on Earth. The stillness of the desert exploded into a million pieces of radioactive shrapnel carried by the wind that lodged in our bodies.

Read it and weep…

9 thoughts on “Witness to the Cold War

  1. moss says:

    Until the warhawks and scumbags of American politics got their hands on it, the Mojave Desert used to be a beautiful place.

  2. Oscar G. says:

    Photos from the day when US government nuked Mississippi, 1964 https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/mississippi-nuclear-test-photos/
    Mississippi’s Tatum Salt Dome in rural Lamar County near Hattiesburg was the site of two nuclear test explosions in the mid-1960s.
    The Salmon test on Oct. 22, 1964 and the Sterling test on Dec. 3, 1966, were conducted to help determine whether and how nuclear test yields could be disguised through “decoupling” and how well such blasts could be detected.
    The U.S. government officials reported that Mississippi’s two nuclear blasts, as a part of Project Dribble, helped prove that in fact the seismic effect of a nuclear blast could be greatly reduced if such a blast were set off in a large cave.

  3. Boomer says:

    The world’s nine nuclear-armed countries spent $82.4bn upgrading their atomic weaponry in 2021, eight percent more than the year before, a campaign group has said.
    The biggest spender was the United States, which accounted for more than half the total spending, followed by China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said in its annual report on nuclear spending [link].
    ICAN also noted that nuclear weapons producers also spent millions lobbying on defence, with every $1 spent lobbying leading to an average of $256 in new contracts involving nuclear weapons. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/15/nuclear-armed-nations-spent-82bn-on-weapons-in-2021

  4. p/s says:

    “For $550K, a Cold War-era missile silo and command center could be yours” https://warisboring.com/for-550k-a-cold-war-era-missile-silo-and-command-center-could-be-yours/
    Links to information concerning Atlas missile site accidents that happened during the operational phase of the Atlas missile program. One accident occurred at Vandenberg AFB during the test launch of an Atlas E missile. Four Atlas F sites were destroyed due to explosions caused by various issues. Three of the Atlas F sites were assigned to the 579th SMS at Walker AFB in Roswell, New Mexico and one Atlas F site was assigned to the 577th SMS at Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma. There were other accidents which resulted in missile damage, but in these cases the site itself was not destroyed. Please click on a link below to learn more details about that particular accident. https://www.atlasmissilesilo.com/accidents.htm

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