The Wholesome Show

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Oceans of Nuclear Waste!

Between 1946 and 1993 a bunch of countries dumped 85 PBq* of radioactive waste into the ocean. Slurries, solids, reactors - you know, the stuff you find lying around and just want to put in the ocean.**

It was terrible, and it seems we've mostly stopped it. But that shit is still down there... So we explore!

* I don't really know how much a PBq is, but it's a lot more than 'nothing', and 'nothing' is the correct amount of radioactive waste that should go into the ocean

** No, you don't find it lying around and you don't want to put it in the ocean, you're a good person listener.

Further reading

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vbn9e9/the-soviet-union-dumped-a-bunch-of-nuclear-submarines-reactors-and-containers-into-the-ocean

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-21119774

https://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/27/science/russians-describe-extensive-dumping-of-nuclear-waste.html

https://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/radioactive-waste-and-spent-nuclear-fuel/2012-08-russia-announces-enormous-finds-of-radioactive-waste-and-nuclear-reactors-in-arctic-seas

http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2017/ph241/stevens2/

https://www.wiseinternational.org/nuclear-monitor/368/15-soviet-n-reactors-dumped-sea

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/2018/03/russias-arctic-nuclear-dump-may-become-promising-fishing-area

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/russians-admit-dumping-nuclear-reactors-at-sea-1454566.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_disposal_of_radioactive_waste

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/92m.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/lenin-russian-ship-missing-nuclear