reply to post by Mythkiller
Any observers or explorers had better be very careful
as MOST of what has been shown here are examples
of highly radioactive cold war-era radio-isotope power generators.
And the clue as what the found items are is the mention of
cauldron shapes and shiny spheres which indicate to me
that they are cold-war era sensors with a combined power generator
used to detect low altitude and/or air-burst nuclear detonations.
The X-rays, gamma and Alpha/Beta particles
given off by a nuclear detonation would be collected
and sensed using simple laws of physics as those particles
interacted with and caused specific anomalies within the
metallic dish-like and sphere-like collectors.
A built-in low-frequency/long range over-the-horizon radio transmitter
would send signals back to a receiving unit after a specific time
delay after detonation and since these detonation detectors are fully
Faraday caged, they are immune to EMP and being mostly sub-surface,
any low-altitude or surface nuclear detonation would cause the upper
ground layers to fuse into a silica glass thus futher protecting the buried
devices from damage.
The fused silica and sub-surface distances only attenuate the low
frequency radio signals by a designed-in-amount that was accounted
for by the engineers of these devices.
Most of these devices had 25 year lifespans in a completely
unattended state. The reasons these were put in was to detect
nuclear detonations from ICBMs (Intercontinential Ballistic Missiles)
sent to destroy the truck-based or rail-based Soviet missile forces.
IN MOST CASES these devices were literally scattered
all around the most remote parts of Eastern Siberia and all along
the Taiga forest belt that spans between Moscow and Beijing.
As we monitored these Soviet Missile sites via ultra high altitude flyovers
and satellite imagery, we found THOUSANDS of mobile missile sites,
most being decoys but at least a one-quarter being fully operational long-range
nuclear missile systems. In those days of the late 70's to Late 80's it was
still difficult to determine the operational status of these sites due to
both low-resolution film (still 60 cm to two metres in those days) AND the
time it took get film cannisters dropped from the satellites that were
picked up by high flying aircraft. (that's a whole 'nother story!)
And since the missile sites were always being moved around, sometimes
after only two weeks in one place, targetting all of them with nukes was a
logistically impossible task for the NATO forces so we had to GUESSTIMATE.
which ones were real. And in order for the Soviets to be able to support this
move-all-the-nukes-around charade, they had to build fail-safe,
long term power generation systems which powered the nuclear detonation
sensors and thus radio-thermal generators were born.
The only problem is that the Soviets built THOUSANDS of them
in a short period of time and since they were simply ABANDONED in place
in the remotest of areas, they NEGLECTED to put in radioactive emissions
mitigation systems. They were relatively thin-walled devices that emitted
dangerous-to-human levels of radioactivity at up to a radius of
25 to 150 metres depending on their size and whether they were
installed lightly underground or simply abandoned on the ground surface.
And even after up to 25 years AFTER their designed lifespan,
the half-lives of the radio-isotopes are STILL highly dangerous
and after the collapse of the Soviet empire in the early 1990's,
MANY of these devices were unknowingly destroyed and pillaged
as scrap metal for the poor and mostly illiterate locals. This contaminated
wide areas and left some very deteriorated radio-thermal generators
scattered around, still emitting high dangerous levels of radioactivity
for both humans and the local wildlife.
ONLY NOW are these being found and finally cleaned up by people
who know what they are doing. Still...they are out there...slowly but
surely killing off the unwary.
I hope this little narrative explains some of the things
that happened from 1975 to 1990 during the height of
the cold war and especially during the Ronald Reagan
years where, as President, he built up the 600 ship Navy
and the LARGEST military budget ever (on absolute terms
accounting for inflation) during 1987 to battles the "Evil Empire"
of the old Soviet Union (now Russia).
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Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators: