wow. I don’t usually reblog photography but this is meaningful and really hits you.
Wow woooow wooooow
So apparently some rich French guy was sitting around one day and wanted to sit in the middle of the desert and watch Dune with his friends. So he made a theater and then it turns out It was a really, really bad idea and not a single movie was shown there. The local’s in the middle of somewhere Egypt didn’t like the idea for some reason and sabotaged it. Now there’s a random theater in the middle of the desert and some day no one will know why.
Mark Rothko - Untitled (1959)
and that concludes my two-day excursion into desert speedpaints
The first fuel bundle to be moved from storage and loaded into the reactor at Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowa.
Found a abandoned house in the woods today.
More pics from the trip.
Bake-O-Mat - detail from 1956 New Departure Ball Bearings ad.
Forest in Abkhazia takes over abandoned apartment building.
Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
Source: Guy Schmickle (flickr)
Source: Matthew Schrader (flickr)
The BORAX Experiments were a series of five destructive tests of boiling water reactors built and conducted by Argonne National Laboratory in the 1950s and 1960s at the National Reactor Testing Station in eastern Idaho.
The synopsis of the final test in 1954, as seen in the photos above, is as follows: “The (test was) carried out by withdrawing four of the five control rods far enough to make the (BORAX-I) reactor critical at a very low power level. The fifth rod was then fired from the core by means of a spring. In this test, the rod was ejected in approximately 0.2 seconds. After the control rod was ejected, an explosion took place in the reactor which carried away the control mechanism and blew out the core. At half a mile, the radiation level rose to 25 mr/hr. Personnel were evacuated for about 30 minutes.”
The destruction of BORAX-I caused the “aerial distribution of contaminants resulting from the final experiment of the BORAX-I reactor” and the likely contamination of the topmost 1 foot of soil over about 2 acres in the vicinity. The site was cleaned prior to being used for subsequent experiments. The BORAX-I burial ground is located roughly 820 m (2,730 ft) northwest of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, a publicly accessible national monument.
The only demonstration of BORAX-I principles during a real nuclear accident occurred several years later within the SL-1 (Stationary Low-Power Reactor Number One) nuclear reactor operated by the United States Army, in which the reactor underwent a steam explosion and meltdown, subsequently killing its three operators.