Is this a picture of the surface of the moon? No, it is the atomic test site located in
where they set off the atomic bombs. Our country went from exploding atomic bombs on the surface of the ground Nevada
to exploding them underground. When an atomic bomb is exploded underground a subsidence crater is created from the ground settling back down after the explosion. These craters can be of various sizes.
What I found fascinating was how many of them there were and how much they reminded me of the lunar surface. My favorite crater (if you can have one) is the
crater because of its enormous size. Sedan
You can get an idea of its scale by the road around it. I like it because I got to personally visit the crater and stand at its edge.
This is an observing platform that I got to walk out on and peer over the edge down into the crater.
The explosion that created the
crater was a part of Operation Plowshare on the peaceful uses of using nuclear explosives for peaceful excavations. It certainly did move a lot of dirt to make that huge crater. It was fascinating to visit the atomic test site for training for radiation emergencies. This is my class out at the atomic test site. Can you spot me? Sedan
Here I am.
How do you like those pork chop sideburns? That was the style then. Really. The history of the atomic testing program is really fascinating to read about. It is one of my hobbies. Have a great day. Lew