The Sites of the big U.S. weapons testing, and now we see the blooming of the wild animals

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The sites to which the United States has been produced and tested by some of the most lethal weapons known to man, now a safe haven for the animals.

They protect black bears and black-footed ferrets, coral reefs, and brushy grasslands, rare species, threatened and endangered salmon.

A wide variety of animals and habitats, and has flourished in the six obsolete weapons plants, in particular nuclear and chemical weapons, as the sites can be prohibited to the public, and the other invaders for several decades, The Associated Press reported.

The government has had a conversion on the sites, hiding-places among the U. s. Fish and Wildlife Service for management.

In June of 1971, a picture of the facility, and a cement pad to ground zero, on Amchitka Island, Alaska, where there is a 1-megaton nuclear blast was detonated 4,000 feet below the ground in 1969. (AP Photo, File)

Amchitka Island, as part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, was the site of three AMERICAN underground nuclear tests in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. An unknown quantity of radioactive material that was kept in caves and be blown away by the detonations. As a part of the island, closed to the public, it is designated as a wilderness area.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana, formerly known as the Jefferson Proving Ground. The Military had test-fired with more than 24 million artillery rounds and more than half a century. The shooting range continued to be littered with an estimated 154,000 pounds of shell fragments, is made of depleted uranium. The refuge was designated a globally important bird area by an avian conservation coalition, part of the site, which is open to the public.

A sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are warning of the potential dangers in the soil along the Columbia River near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The nine reactors produced plutonium for nuclear weapons at the site, since it is known as the Hanford National Monument in Washington state. In the midst of the emergency of the second world War and the Cold War, Hanford, left behind vast amounts of contaminated soil and water. The shrub meadows, and Columbia River habitat to support mink and otters, endangered salmon and other species as well.

Johnston Island, part of Johnston Atoll, it is 825 km) south-west of the city. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)

Johnston Island, part of the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the central Pacific ocean, and it was a launching pad for a U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1960’s. In 1962, two of the launches failed, scattering radioactive debris over a 1-square-mile island. The refuge is home to an abundance of seals, and coral reef ever since.

The walkers of the way along a trail in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Broomfield, Colorado, usa, in November of 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The U.S. Energy Department produced plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads at the site, which would later become known as the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, north of Denver. It had been a long, long history of spills, fires, and environmental violations. In the rare tallgrass prairie preserve is home to hundreds of species of animals, including the endangered jumping mouse.

Critics have said the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado was one of the weaknesses of the cleanup process is designed to be good enough for a wildlife refuge, but it is not for people to live in. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in the northeast part of the Denver area was a place where the Army made chemical weapons and, as private companies are made up of of pesticides used. Bald eagles have nested at the site, as well as the animals, the officials again, buffalo and the endangered ferrets.

The army closed down the sites, in order to keep people safe from the dangerous work that went on there, not to protect the environment, said David Havlick, a professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, who has studied the military-to-wildlife conversions.


A lot of don’t know the answer to the first and the second world war. It was a low-cost way to expand with the addition of the national refuge system, especially in urban areas, with a sparse, open space, said Mark Wilson, the Fish and Wildlife Service and is a historian.

When the Cold War thawed in the 1980’s, surplus military land intended to be used for shelter. Some of the most dangerous contaminated sites in the nation, but was held swaths of hard-to-find habitats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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