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Secret Underground Nuclear City in the Arctic – A Potential Threat and a Source of Political Tensions

Sunday, April 2, 2017 14:36
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Camp century was built as part of a top secret project called Iceworm eight meters under the Ice in Greenland.
It was built at the height of the cold war between the US and the USSR in 1959. Built to be a ballistic missile site ,it’s true purpose was hidden from from the Danish government who was told that the city  was being built as a research center to study the feasibility of working under the ice.

The city was an incredible network of underground tunnels that stretched out over three kilometers. It could accommodate over 200 soldiers and had everything you would expect a self sufficient city to have. There was a hospital,laboratories,shops, and even a cinema. Even more incredibly it was powered by the world’s first portable nuclear generator. 

Eventually engineers realized that the project would not work. Solid as it may seem the arctic ice is a viscoelastic substance, a mixture of snow and ice that is constantly shifting. Inevitably the constant
shifting would warp and collapse the tunnels. So the camp was decommissioned and abandoned in 1967.

The camps infrastructure and waste which included biological chemical and radioactive waste were left behind
entombed under the ice.  It was presumed at the time that it would remain so forever.

However a 2016 study found that the ice sheet covering the camp will start to melt by the end of the century.
At that point the waste left behind will re-enter the environment disrupt nearby ecosystems and pose new

Whose responsibility it will be to clean up the waste is unclear at this time and it could be the cause of new political tensions between the US and Greenland.


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  • Ted

    It sounds like we have about 83 years to come up with a plan! :wink:

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