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Sarcophagus of blasted nuclear reactor, Chernobyl, Ukraine

February 28th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The destroyed reactor is still extremely radioactive, covered by the so-called sarcophagus, built to protect the environment from radiation, but it was only designed to last 15 years and now scientists and environmentalist say it is falling apart.

Send by: Michał Borzymek


Small nuclear power plant, Niederaichbach, Germany

February 22nd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Small nuclear power plant in Niederaichbach (near Munich), Germany

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Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, Ignalina, Lithuania

February 22nd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant is a two-unit RBMK-1500 nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania, formerly a part of the Soviet Union. It is named after a bigger nearby town Ignalina.

The Ignalina nuclear power plant contains two RBMK-1500 water-cooled graphite-moderated channel-type power reactors. The Soviet-designed RBMK-1500 reactor is the most powerful reactor in the world with the electrical power capacity of 1500 MWe (the new EPR under construction at Olkiluoto, Finland will be bigger at 1600 MWe). After the Chernobyl accident they were de-rated to 1360 MWe. These are the same type of reactor as at the Chernobyl power plant, hence the European Union's insistence on closing them.

Unit #1 came online in 1983, and was closed on December 31, 2004. Unit #2 came online in 1987 and is expected to close in 2009. Unit #3 was never finished.

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Energodar nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

February 22nd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Energodar nuclear power plant near Zaporizhzhia. This power plant is based on the same technology as infamous chernobyl nuclear power plant.

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Saint Anthony Falls, Minneapolis, USA

February 20th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Saint Anthony Falls, or the Falls of Saint Anthony, located near downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the only waterfall on the Upper Mississippi River until it was replaced by a concrete apron after they partially collapsed in 1869 and, later, a series of dams in the 1950s and 1960s. The indigenous people who lived in their vicinity called the falls by various names. The Ojibway used the term Kakabikah (the severed rock) and the Dakota used Minirara (curling water) and Owahmenah (falling water). In 1680, the falls became known to the rest of the world when they were observed by Father Louis Hennepin, a Catholic friar of Belgian birth, who also brought the existence of Niagara Falls to the world's attention. Hennepin named Saint Anthony Falls after his patron saint, Anthony of Padua. Later explorers include Jonathan Carver and Zebulon Montgomery Pike. The region around the falls was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District in 1971.

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Strip coal mine, Oberlausitz, Germany

February 18th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Strip coal mine in Oberlausitz, Germany

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Belchatow Power Plant and strip coal mine, Belchatow, Poland

February 18th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Belchatow Power Plant and strip coal mine in Belchatow, Poland

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