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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!

-Tommy

1 Comments:

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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