Before I get into the details you should know that the majority of the radiation that fell across the Mojave is gone by now. However that does not mean there are not still pockets of it left and of course uranium mines and so on.
Post WWII the US wanted to test as many bombs as possible to see what the effects were in all sorts of conditions, depths, heights and so on. At the time the most sparsely populated place in the US was in Southern Nevada. This was when Las Vegas was just beginning to come into it’s own and I-15 to Los Angeles had not even been constructed yet.
Here is a map of the Nevada Test Range
And here is what the most heavily cratered part of it looks like
The majority of those detonations were underground however the site had been used for above ground and aerial detonation also.
All of the material blasted into the atmosphere had to go somewhere and one of the biggest air currents in the area goes from the ocean through Los Angeles and into central Utah. It covers the majority of the Mojave desert and of course that material was blown directly into it.
Here is a map of the three heaviest effected regions in the states of Nevada, Utah and Arizona
My Grandfather was living in St George Utah at the time having retired from the Army post WWII and he, with his wife and five kids were all subjected to the fallout from Nuclear blasts in Nevada. My mother and uncles did not develop problems from it but my Grandmother had lung cancer in her later years and my Grandfather had a variety of health problems from a weak immune system in his 50′s until his death in his 80′s. What they experienced was a very real concern that many people in the area experienced and it was not until the late 1980′s that a real solid investigation on the effects of being down wind of the blasts had.
The Radioactive Fallout lost the majority of its Radioactivity within a few years but there are hot spots dotting the Mojave where sediment has collected since the testing being washed down river or through floods and they measure a higher radiation than normal. None of them are particularly lethal, you’d have to spend a few months on them to get a high enough dose to matter but it is a concern for the smaller species in the area that do have to deal with it.
The other problem we face out here are the hundreds of Uranium Mines all over the desert. I’ve talked a lot about them before but many of these mines had no regulation on them and people just dug wherever they could and contaminated the surrounding area. Uranium itself does not have too much Radioactivity unless you detonate it and those fine fallout particles settle however it’s a heavy metal and will leech into the soil and water table like mercury will. I was poisoned by Uranium when I inhaled a lot of fine ore dust over the period of a few hours as I napped on a fine tailings pile of sand. I had to be treated with Iodine and have my system flushed and it took a bit before I was back to normal. I had a representative from Utah’s Mining Regulation tell me that for every known Uranium mine there are probably two they don’t know about. The ones that are particularly dangerous have been sealed off like the one in the photo below.
It’s just a fact of life out here in the Mojave. The mutation rate from what I have seen is no higher than normal. We do get mutations in animals every so often but you get that all across the US.
So when people say I am only playing at Fallout and I’m obsessed with it they don’t really get that I actually live it. I live in the most heavily nuclear bombed area in the world. At one point just about everyone living down here in the 50′s was exposed to high levels of fallout. I’ve been exposed to Uranium. I also scrap, scavenge, spelunk, hunt, trap and survive off the land. I was doing this long before the Fallout games even existed and They just over exaggerated a part of my life. New Vegas in particular since it takes place in my home region.
Sometimes reality is just as messed up as fiction.
[A/N: Finally I’m back! However not with the stuff you wanted or asked for, I am a terrible writer. This is a little rough around the edges but hey-ho!
Okay so this is going to be an anthology series of different pairings (any and all pairings) finding their soulmates and I’m going to be using a multitude of different soulmate tropes! Starting with the soulmate AU, I apologise that this is really wordy but I had to get in all the different elements of what a soulmate consists of. I also plan on probably keeping each post as a one-shot which is maybe a little mean but I kind of like how I ended this one, let me know what you think! Also American readers please excuse my English-isms.]
Word Count: 1895
The sleepy town of Riverdale was illuminated with lights and
colours, Pop’s Chok-Lit-Shoppe flashed
a warm neon red, reflecting against the hoods of the cars that sat parked
outside in the cold dark chill. The words Twilight
Drive-In sat prettily against a dark blue backdrop held above the rusting
letters ‘Closing Soon’, the abandoned
sign creaked under the pressure of a strong wind that struck it heavily. The
large Town Hall stood proudly painted in the freshest of lemon colours, the
shadows of the night illuminated the deceitful corruption that lay hidden
behind the closed doors.
Request: Omg i love your writing sooo much <3 I was thinking if you could do a story based off Michael Buble’s ‘Just Haven’t met you Yet’. I understand if you wouldn’t want to do it but thank you for your time :)
“Next!” You call, back aching and feet sore. Work usually sucks, but today it’s a living hell. Saturdays are the normally busiest days at the grocery store but add the fact that it’s the first day of spring that’s warmer than 50 degrees, and you’ve got yourself a full store. The bustle of people weaving around one another in the narrow aisles meant that you’d been sent to clean up five separate messes and help one bawling seven-year-old find his mother. His snot covered fingers had wrapped around your own until you’d found his mother who’d immediately decided to yell at you for not bringing him sooner. People bumped into you with every turn, resulting in scowls and foul language from some particularly angry customers. You’d had to ask people to repeat themselves four different times because of the clamor and been asked because of that if it were really right for a woman to be working. On top of all that, you wore heels today so your feet want to fall off and the store’s air conditioning hardly works, meaning hot sweat drips down your back and soaks your hairline.
Despite the annoying customers and the math involved, you’re almost grateful to work at the cash register now instead of work on the floor when you hear the horrific sound of gagging nearby. Your coworker Arthur rushes past you, mop already in hand.
Raising your eyebrows at the situation, you shake your head and take stock of everything a middle-aged man in front of you sets on the counter. He wears a dark suit and a cap to hide what you assume is a balding head. He’s muttering something to himself as thick beads of sweat slide down his face, over the patches of red dotting his cheeks and forehead and collecting on his upper lip. Every time he says something, a bead flings off its place above his lip, landing on the counter in front of you.
You cringe but reach for his items and pull them closer. Flipping the page on your notepad, you begin writing the costs of everything down.
“Do you not bother to keep your customers happy here?”
by: mldrgrl Rated: PG-13 Summary: Mulder and Scully work together to solve the murder of a young woman and take a witness into protective custody.
Author’s Note: I’m not one for author’s notes, but I feel compelled to give a bit of a warning on this one. This is my attempt at a casefile, and it’s more something you might find on SVU than X-Files, so proceed with caution. If SVU makes you uncomfortable, don’t read it. Also, it’s a bit of a departure from my normal style. I really wanted this to feel more like an episode and less like a story. So, no getting into anyone’s head here. What you see is what you get…
October 27, 1999 12:24 a.m. Old Town Alexandria, VA
The woman flailed her arms helplessly, searching blindly for something - anything - to fight her attacker. Her windpipe was squeezed so tightly shut that her face was nearly purple. The oxygen deprivation made her limbs heavier and heavier as her life slipped away. Before going completely still, she rolled her eyes to the side, looking away from the dark face of her killer. Her struggle for breath ended with the crack of her neck.
Here is my official first chapter for the House of Beasts!
Summary: Prythian University, the grounds where frat houses wage wars and throw the best parties yet. Feyre, an art student and girlfriend to the Head of House of the Spring House, discovers secrets everyone’s been keeping from her for the last year and a half.
An ACOTAR/ACOMAF AU, which begins as Feylin then evolves into Feysand. Begins as ACOTAR, includes AU of Under the Mountain, but will focus more on Acomaf.
Word Count: 2038 words
Once again, thank you all for withholding any hate and supplying only constructive criticism (I really need it!) and sending any requests, suggestions, etc.
Disclaimer: All characters and some direct and or modified quotes belong to Sarah J Maas, as well as some of the plot points. I take no credit for them whatsoever
Part 1: Parties
I looked across the
lush grounds of Prythian University, my cotton robe tucked tightly around
the curves of my figure, and I sighed at the wonderfully gorgeous campus that swept across my view. Students walked along, talking together, backpacks strung
over their shoulders and heavy books bound to their arms. Autumn kissed the trees
that dotted the grounds, leaves collecting within the tracks of students’
footprints. The fall air caressed my skin blissfully and I closed my eyes.
It had been 6 months since
I’d moved into Spring House. The six happiest months of my existence, probably.
Victuuri wingfic set in the watercast universe. I’m having such trouble starting because I’m just filled with Viktor character study/back stories but I wrote this in between class? :3 Idek I feel like I’m never going to do this character justice….😥