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How Nevada became America’s nuclear age ground zero via CNET News

For more than forty years, the U.S. government tested nuclear weapons deep in the Nevada desert. Now, the site is reminder of what a scary world that was. CNET Road Trip 2012 investigated.

MERCURY, Nev.–From the side that faced away from the blast, you might never have even have bothered to look at it. But walk around the other side of the concrete dome, and there’s no question something extraordinary happened here.
Welcome to the Nevada National Security Site, formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. As part of Road Trip 2012, I’ve come to visit this 1,375-square mile expanse of harsh desert and even harsher mountains that begins about 75 miles north of Las Vegas. Here, from 1951 through 1992, a total of 928 nuclear weapons exploded, many of them sending instantly familiar giant mushroom clouds high into the skies above.

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