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Return to:   Project Chariot - In 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission under physicist Edward Teller proposed using a nuclear detonation to create a deep-water harbor in northwest Alaska.
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As originally planned, Project Chariot comprised a series of five nuclear bombs that when detonated, would excavate a deep water harbor out of Otogoruk Creek on Cape Thompson. Yet a harbor in that arctic location could have only operated three months of the year if it had been constructed – it would be frozen for nine months. (Image from, accessed 7/12/2010.)

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