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RADIOACTIVE WARNING: Glaciers Russia used for Cold War nuclear tests MELTING into ocean


ARTIC glaciers used by the former Soviet Union for nuclear testing are radioactive - and melting into the ocean, a new study has shown.

Novaya Zemlya


And if nothing is done to reverse the process, deadly radioactive material will be dispersed into the world’s seas and oceans, with disastrous consequences for the Earth’s delicate ecosystem, especially in the Arctic.

Scientists from the Russian Institute of Oceanology travelled the the sea of Kara, in the Russia Polar circle, sometimes referred to as the “Russian nuclear cemetery”.

Scientists studied the Nally glacier, on the Akademik Msticlav Keldysh, as well as cataloguing potentially hazardous radioactive material dumped by the USSR.

The project clearly showed the glaciers of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which contain radioactive material dating back to the Cold War, are melting as a result of global warming.

The scientific ship spent a month between August and September collecting radioactive samples in the "cemetery" archipelago of nuclear tests during the Cold War.

In 2014, ice from the glacier stretched two miles further into the sea than it does now, the institute’s deputy director Mikhail Flint said.

He said “large concentrations of radioactivity” had been brought to the glacier by winds from the south over the years.

These are the legacy of dozens of nuclear tests in the archipelago over a period of decades as the Soviets competed against the USA throughout the Cold War.

Kara sea

The Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic circle

Among them was the so-called Tsar Bomba on October 30, 1961, which measured 58 megatons, the largest nuclear device ever detonated, with the final test occurred in 1990.

A report published by the Russian Federation has warned of 17,000 containers and 19 vessels with radioactive waste which lie on the seabed, 127 metres below the surface.

Given the remoteness of the location, visiting the area is problematic, as would be any operation to remove such material.

There are also 14 nuclear reactors, as well as the shell of the K-27, the first nuclear-powered submarine in its class. 

There is a huge number of dumping sites in the bays of Novaya Zemlya

Mikhail Flint

This vessel, which was put into service in 1962 as an experimental “attack submarine”, was the scene of a little-known tragedy in 1968.

Nine sailors were died as a result of radiation poisoning after one of the sub’s reactors began leaking radioactive gases into its engine room.

It was “laid up” in Gremikha Bay for five years in order for it to cool off, and eventually decommissioned in 1979, at which point it was towed to the Kara Sea and scuttled.

Mr Flint, whose vessel has been locating and mapping radioactive material in the area, told Russian new agency Tass: “There is a huge number of dumping sites in the bays of Novaya Zemlya.


“The sea is a mobile environment, and any leakage could lead to an uncontrollable transfer of radiation.”

Last year, an international clean-up operation aimed at removing nuclear fuel from a top-secret former Soviet installation in Andreyeva Bay, several hundred miles west of the Kara Sea, got under way.

Nuclear specialists say Andreyeva Bay contains the largest reserves of spent nuclear fuel in the world.

Experts believe roughly 22,000 spent nuclear fuel caskets left at Andreyeva Bay in leaky dry storage units after the collapse of the USSR.







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