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Project Plowshare
Project Plowshare
Project Plowshare
was the overall United States program for the development of techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes. As part of the program, 31 nuclear warheads were detonated in 27 separate tests
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Nevada Test Site
The Nevada National Security Site[1] (N2S2),[2](though the abbreviation NNSS is still used), previously the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is a United States
United States
Department of Energy reservation located in southeastern Nye County, Nevada, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site was established on 11 January 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices, covering approximately 1,360 square miles (3,500 km2) of desert and mountainous terrain. Nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site
Nevada Test Site
began with a 1-kiloton-of-TNT (4.2 TJ) bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat
Frenchman Flat
on 27 January 1951. Many of the iconic images of the nuclear era come from the NTS
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Oil Shale Formation
Oil shale
Oil shale
geology is a branch of geologic sciences which studies the formation and composition of oil shales–fine-grained sedimentary rocks containing significant amounts of kerogen, and belonging to the group of sapropel fuels.[1] Oil shale
Oil shale
formation takes place in a number of depositional settings and has considerable compositional variation. Oil shales can be classified by their composition (carbonate minerals such as calcite or detrital minerals such as quartz and clays) or by their depositional environment (large lakes, shallow marine, and lagoon/small lake settings). Much of the organic matter in oil shale is of algal origin, but may also include remains of vascular land plants
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Operation Chariot (1958)
Project Chariot
Project Chariot
was a 1958 US Atomic Energy Commission
US Atomic Energy Commission
proposal to construct an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the North Slope of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Alaska
Alaska
by burying and detonating a string of nuclear devices.Aerial shot of Chariot, AK, located near Cape Thompson, the proposed site of an artificial harbor to be created using chained nuclear explosions.Aerial shot of Chariot, AK looking to the eastContents1 History 2 See also2.1 Further reading3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] The project originated as part of Operation Plowshare, a research project to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosives. The plan was championed by Edward Teller, who traveled throughout the state touting the harbor as an important economic development for America's newest state
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Hydrogen Bomb
A thermonuclear weapon is a second-generation nuclear weapon design using a secondary nuclear fusion stage consisting of implosion tamper, fusion fuel, and spark plug which is bombarded by the energy released by the detonation of a primary fission bomb within, compressing the fuel material (tritium, deuterium or lithium deuteride) and causing a fusion reaction. Some advanced designs use fast neutrons produced by this second stage to ignite a third fast fission or fusion stage. The fission bomb and fusion fuel are placed near each other in a special radiation-reflecting container called a radiation case that is designed to contain x-rays for as long as possible. The result is greatly increased explosive power when compared to single-stage fission weapons
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Cape Thompson, Alaska
Cape Thompson is a headland on the Chukchi Sea
Chukchi Sea
coast of Alaska.[1] It is located 26 miles to the southeast of Point Hope, Arctic Slope. It is part of the Chukchi Sea
Chukchi Sea
unit of Alaska
Alaska
Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Early Inuit
Inuit
names for this cape were "Eebrulikgorruk" and "Uivaq", also spelled "Wevuk" or "Wevok." Cape Thompson was often referred to as "Unvaq Qanitoq," meaning "near cape," as opposed to "Univaq Ungasiktoq" (Cape Lisburne) meaning "distant cape." The first recorded Europeans to sight this cape were Russian explorers Mikhail Vasiliev and Gleb Shishmaryov of the Imperial Russian Navy
Imperial Russian Navy
on the ships Otkrietie and Blagonamierennie
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Caltrans
The California
California
Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is an executive department of the US state
US state
of California. The department is part of the cabinet-level California State Transportation Agency
California State Transportation Agency
(CalSTA). Caltrans is headquartered in Sacramento.[4] Caltrans manages the state's highway system, which includes the California
California
Freeway and Expressway System, and is involved with public transportation systems throughout the state
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Santa Fe Railway
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
(reporting mark ATSF), often referred to as the Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas- Colorado
Colorado
border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy. The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway)
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Bristol Mountains
The Bristol Mountains
Bristol Mountains
are found in the Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert
of California, USA, just west of Mojave National Preserve. The range, which reaches an elevation of 3,874 feet (1,181 m), is located in San Bernardino County, and crosses Interstate 40
Interstate 40
between Ludlow and the Granite Mountains
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Mojave Desert
The Mojave Desert
Desert
( /moʊˈhɑːvi, mə-/,[5][6][7] mo-HAH-vee or mə-HAH-vee) is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America.[8] It is located in the southwestern United States, primarily within southeastern California
California
and southern Nevada, and it occupies a total of 47,877 sq mi (124,000 km2). Very small areas also extend into Utah
Utah
and Arizona.[9] Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua trees, which are native only to the Mojave Desert
Desert
and are considered an indicator species, and it is believed to support an additional 1,750 to 2,000 species of plants.[10] The central part of the desert is sparsely populated, while its peripheries support large communities such as Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Lancaster, Palmdale, Victorville, and St
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Interstate 40
Interstate 40
Interstate 40
(I-40) is a major east-west Interstate Highway
Interstate Highway
running through the south-central portion of the United States generally north of Interstate 10
Interstate 10
and Interstate 20
Interstate 20
but south of Interstate 70. The western end is at Interstate 15
Interstate 15
in Barstow, California; its eastern end is at a concurrency of U.S. Route 117
U.S. Route 117
and North Carolina
North Carolina
Highway 132 in Wilmington, North Carolina. It is the third longest interstate in the United States, behind Interstate 80
Interstate 80
and Interstate 90. Much of the western part of I-40, from Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
to Barstow, parallels or overlays the historic U.S
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Shale Oil Extraction
Shale oil
Shale oil
extraction is an industrial process for unconventional oil production. This process converts kerogen in oil shale into shale oil by pyrolysis, hydrogenation, or thermal dissolution. The resultant shale oil is used as fuel oil or upgraded to meet refinery feedstock specifications by adding hydrogen and removing sulfur and nitrogen impurities. Shale oil
Shale oil
extraction is usually performed above ground (ex situ processing) by mining the oil shale and then treating it in processing facilities. Other modern technologies perform the processing underground (on-site or in situ processing) by applying heat and extracting the oil via oil wells. The earliest description of the process dates to the 10th century. In 1684, Great Britain granted the first formal extraction process patent. Extraction industries and innovations became widespread during the 19th century
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Rubble
Rubble
Rubble
is broken stone, of irregular size, shape and texture; undressed especially as a filling-in. Rubble
Rubble
naturally found in the soil is known also as 'brash' (compare cornbrash).[1] Where present, it becomes more noticeable when the land is ploughed or worked.Contents1 Building1.1 Rubble
Rubble
walls in Malta2 See also 3 External links 4 ReferencesBuilding[edit] Rubble-work
Rubble-work
on Wyggeston's Chantry House in Leicester, built c. 1511"Rubble-work" is a name applied to several types of masonry. One kind, where the stones are loosely thrown together in a wall between boards and grouted with mortar almost like concrete, is called in Italian "muraglia di getto" and in French "bocage"
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Project Gnome
Project Gnome was the first nuclear test of Operation Plowshare and was the first continental nuclear weapon test since Trinity to be conducted outside of the Nevada Test Site. It was tested in southeastern New Mexico, approximately 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico.Contents1 Background 2 Gnome shot and after-effects 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksBackground[edit] First announced in 1958, Gnome was delayed by the testing moratorium between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted from November 1958 until September 1961, when the Soviet Union resumed nuclear testing, thus ending the moratorium
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California
Native languages as of 2007English 57.4%[2] Spanish 28.5%[3] Chinese 2.8%[3] Filipino 2.2%[3]Demonym CalifornianCapital SacramentoLargest city Los AngelesLargest metro Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles
AreaArea Ranked 3rd • Total 163,696 sq mi (423,970 km2) • Width 250 miles (400 km) • Length 770 miles (1,240 km) • % water 4.7 • Latitude 32°32′ N to 42° N • Longitude 114°8′ W to 124°26′ W
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
0887199Primary airport Cavern City Air Terminal CNMWebsite www.cityofcarlsbadnm.comCarlsbad (/ˈkɑːrlzbæd/ KARLZ-bad) is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States.[2] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138.[3] Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River
Pecos River
and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains. Carlsbad is a hub for potash mining, petroleum production, and tourism
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