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Friday, March 16, 2007

The ICBM Project

I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Google Earth. When I have free time and I don’t feel like playing PC games, or shoving political rhetoric down the throats of the proletariat, I load up Google Earth and just... look at things. It’s a lot of fun for instance, to view Semipalatinsk (the Soviet Union’s Nuclear Test Site) in present-day Kazakhstan, and see the dead-zones, subsidence craters and most especially; Lake Chagan, the infamous Atomic Lake.

Something else I like to do is to find Minuteman III missile silos in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. The location of the silos isn’t a secret, but the USAF also doesn’t exactly go out of their way to reveal where they are, so it’s like a nuclear Where’s Waldo, and a good way to kill time.

Below are some of the sites I have picked out, southwest of Minot, ND:

Here is a close-up of a LGM-30G complex:

You can clearly see the fence around the site and the silo door.

Great fun!



Anonymous Jim said...

I've flown over the Western US dozens of times, and remember seeing scores of these types of areas from the air. Especially over Wyoming and Nevada. I always wondered if they were missle silos.

3/16/2007 6:20 PM  

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