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 Bravo 20 National Park -- A Museum Concept  The U.S. Navy's public land withdrawal for the Bravo 20 air-to-ground bombing range in northern Nevada was recently extended by the U.S. Congress.  (The public land withdrawal has been extended for 20 years.)
     Bravo 20 is highly contaminated with unexploded munitions and scrap bomb metal.  Given the ranges low resource values and its remote desert location, contaminated soils and groundwater will properly never be remediated at Bravo 20.  Accordingtly, making Bravo 20 a National Park, with an associated museum facility, would be a unique and powerful addition to the national park system.  Some have argued that in these times of extraordinary environmental concern, it would serve as a permanent reminder of how military, government, corporate, and individual practices can harm the earth. . . . "Bravo 20 National Park would not only provide a graphic record of our treatment of less celebrated landscapes but also help deter their destruction in the future -- (Taken from the Book Bravo 20 - Bombing of the American West, By Richard Misrach with Myriam Weisang Misrach)




 The Nuclear History Museum  When it opens in 2002, the 60,000-square-foot science center will house the Nevada Atomic Testing History Institute, government radiation records, Desert Research Institute's Center for Arid Lands Environmental Management and a collection of 500,000 artifacts from the test site.    The nuclear history museum, spearheaded by the non-profit Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, has gained affiliation with Washington's Smithsonian Institution, an arrangement that fosters the sharing of historical objects from the Cold War




  Sedan Crater  Sedan was listed on the National Register of Historic Places Sedan Crateron February 21, 1994. Sedan is located in Area 10 of the Nevada Test Sites (See Map 128KB)  The Sedan Crater was created by a nuclear detonation conducted on July 6, 1962 as part of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Plowshare Program.  Sedan was a 104-kiloton nuclear device detonated 635 feet underground.  The explosion displaced about 12 million tons of earth, creating a crater 1,280 feet in diameter and 320 feet deep.

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  Photo, Above Ground Nuclear Test (Upshot-Knothole Climax) Nevada Test Site, 1953