20. Grendier/Varmejo, 2/10/84, Area 4, 3kT, 37.085161,-116.053701. Again, it just looks like a pipe the wires disappear into. Guardian/Dutchess,
10/24/80, Area 7, 10 kT, 37.07454.-116.00003 is similar. They might have been done with pipes for some special reason, or just by a crew that
believed in pipes.
21. Grenadier/Vaughn, 3/15/85, Area 3, 20 kT, 37.05811,-116.04609. The white stuff is more cable. Sometimes white cable is used (see Icecap, another
aborted 1993 prep area, at 37.08193,-116.04519). It may be that that was the color available when the order went out, or they were having a special
on winter camouflage, or whatever. Grenadier/Chamite, 37.00227-116.04374 also used white. It might be all twisty because it had to be pulled out of
some enclosure, and got jammed; it comes out of the ground at a slightly different spot than the black cabling does. According to Earth, the white
stuff as it lies is 356 feet tip-to-tip, so its a lot more cable than it looks to be just lying there, and the "kinks" in it aren't as sharp as
22. See #8 above.
23, 24. Nougat/Damen I, 6/21/62, Area 3, 11 kT, 37.04303,-116.03118 to the south; and Nougat/Hognose, 3/15/62, Area 3, 8 kT, 37.04394,-116.03187. I
don't know why they were so close together that their craters merged, but the creation of these subsidence craters has many random factors behind
them, and the fact that the people doing the digging probably just don't care if this should happen. The white stuff is, as I mentioned before, some
salt or gypsum washed down in a rain and left behind when the water evaporated. Note that the craters were 50 years old this year. Google Earth's
wayback machine shows the color there in 1998, an in fact, in 2005, the south crater's white area is partially filled with what looks like muddy
25. Many of teh craters show circular features around the center, with what appears to be a little tar leaking out. I believe that these are
concentric cracks in the surface, and the tar is actually a darker sandy material below the surface blown out when the cracking occurs. (See the video
for the sort of action I mean.) You can see it plainly in this photo.
26, 27. You got me. It looks like the artifact is a shadow, which might explain why I can't find it, but the thing being shadowed is likewise odd.
Your "pagoda" might be anything, including more whitewash. Without an overhead, it's hard to know.
28. Ah, an easy one: This is another aborted prep site, for the planned Fortune event, 36.9867,-116.04384. This one has an interesting history, which
can be seen in the Google Earth Wayback Machine. It was in development in 1993 when the moratorium was announced and operations stopped. They left
it there, the tower, the crane, the cables and the data trailers. There it sat until 2002, when it was decided to recycle the site for the Unicorn
sub-critical experiment on 8/31/2006, positioned 500 feet underground. What you see there now is the remains left after that experiment; the tower, a
crane, the cables, some of the trailers. In the latest shot in 2011, they've removed the crane; otherwise, it's been left untouched.
29. The "other structure" is a data recording trailer, left on site after Unicorn.
Now, the Nevada Nuclear Test Site may not be as "glamorous or famous" as Area 51 right next door, but in my personal opinion, it's every bit
as mysterious and without the slightest doubt, there most certainly was some really weird stuff taking place there over the years.
Yes, that is true. Much can be gleaned from it, mainly because the land is mostly single use, and because they haven't made great efforts to return
the ground to what it was before. The desert air preseves things fairly well. The secrets are all blown up in the tests, and the site is almost all
declassified, as long as the action is over.
There are a lot, lot more things to see on the site. For example, the BREN tower (Bare Reactor Experiment - Nevada) was Initially erected near the
BEEF at 37.09952,-116.10371: it stood 1527 ft high, and elevated a naked reactor for drenching the area in gamma rays, for testing the effects of
radiation on buildings and the people in them. It was moved to Area 25 after 1963 (36.78065,116.24353)where it was used for operation HENRE. It was
finally dismantled in May of 2012, but the latest shot of the area still shows it in place.