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Stop what you’re doing for a moment and just breathe. Focus on the act of breathing, in and out. It’ll clear your mind and release tension. Welcome to the present.

This place is not a place of honor​.

No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.

Nothing valued is here.

This place is a message and part of a system of messages.

Pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us.

We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

—  Draft message created for inscription as a warning on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP, an extremely long-term nuclear waste storage facility) to ensure no inadvertent human intrusion in the facility for 10,000 years

A Canadian company wants to start dumping its nuclear waste next to Lake Huron

  • You can’t see them, but they’re there: chambers of radioactive waste buried deep beneath the earth’s surface, hiding as time slowly defuses their deadly contents.
  • Known as deep geological repositories, they’re the underground storage facilities nuclear power companies build to house the toxic byproducts they produce.
  • The deeper down they’re buried, the more radioactive their concealed troves are likely to be.
  • And now, a Canadian nuclear plant is hoping to receive approval to build the deepest one ever proposed in North America, less than a mile from the shores of the Great Lakes. Read more

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A very strange colony of wood ants has been discovered in an abandoned nuclear weapons storage bunker in Templewo, Poland. 

A wood ant nest was built over a vertical pipe. Many ants fall down it and can’t climb back up. They are forced to live in the very cold, harsh environment of the bunker, which has no clear food sources and almost no light.

In fact, some don’t even think this group should be called a colony. There are no queens- all of the ants are female workers. The only reason it hasn’t died out is because ants continuously fall down into the dark.

There is a lake in russia that is so radioactive it can kill you within one hour if you stand near it.

Lake Karachay (Russian: Карача́й), sometimes spelled Karachai or Karachaj, is a small lake in the southern Ural mountains in western Russia. Starting in 1951, the Soviet Union used Karachay as a dumping site for radioactive waste from Mayak, the nearby nuclear waste storage and reprocessing facility, located near the town of Ozyorsk (then called Chelyabinsk-40).

Carefree people need not be always found with messy loose hair and unconventional appearance. They need not be dancing like crazy in streets when they’re happy. They need not be ubercool like people in films. Carefree people can also be found in strict looking people having a monotonous life. You may never know how there might be a Michael Jackson dancing inside their head when they’re excited and how their neatly tied hairstrings withhold all of the energy inside like a nuclear storage.

some thoughts on nuclear waste storage and the difficulties of communicating with distant future civilizations

one of the things i wonder about the yucca mountain/WIPP project (see this post) is how much they considered the pure cussedness of human nature.

you know, the maybe-idiotic kind of curiosity that makes us look at a “KEEP OUT” sign and think, “hey, i wonder why they want us to Keep Out?” let’s take a look.

think about it. you get a bunch of geologists, sci-fi authors, archaeologists and linguists together, and tell them they have to invent a communication device that will still work in 10,000+ years. they need to create a warning that says, “DANGER: DO NOT GO HERE,” and it needs to make sense even after all of our current languages and cultures are dead.

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this is already an incredibly difficult task. but aside from the problem of communicating to people in the dim and distant future, you need to create something that won’t inspire curiosity. it has to be sufficiently forbidding that it puts people off, without it turning into a heavily mythologised tourist attraction.

IMO this may be impossible. even if the warning signs DO work, then people will still be curious about why the location is dangerous. and if the markers DON’T work, then you run the risk of creating the next stonehenge. for example, a couple of the other suggested solutions involved “menacing earthworks” or gigantic spikes that would supposedly discourage people from entering the danger zone.

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to me, the problem is this: the “spike field” is both frightening and appealing. it says, “what is so important that it needs to be hidden behind such a terrifying obstacle?” it’s like sleeping beauty and her thicket of thorns.

the solution they eventually agreed upon was to build a series of walls encircled by giant granite pillars. in the middle, above the storage location for the nuclear waste, is an information site with warning signs in pictograms, the six main languages of the UN, and Navajo.

while i think this is a decent enough plan, i can’t help but think of these circles of pillars and walls as… a target. a series of obstacles to be overcome before you reach the mysterious secret chamber in the middle, which a long-dead civilization was apparently desperate to protect. and once you reach the center of that target, you may find death… but you’ll also find a seven-language equivalent to the Rosetta Stone.

Stanislava Pinchuk : Fukushima VIII {Topography : Contaminated Soil Storage Nuclear Exclusion Zone},  75 x 101 cm, 2016. Private Collection.