Wow, I'd never heard of that particular system, which is weird as cold-war-era defense technology is particularly fascinating to me.
Looks like my OTH radar hunch was right.
I take it this was in some videogame that I'm not aware of?
Yeah, a game called Stalker. I'm not so much a buff, but cold war era stuff is pretty interesting to me as well. I recall seeing this on a History channel show, back when they actually showed that kind of thing, when it was still a good channel. I'm also fascinated with Chernobyl, so of course I immediately recognized both of these. Well not immediately, until I noticed the familiar red and white tower, then it clicked.
That's the google maps link to the Duga array, but after zooming out I noticed Prypyat wasn't far away so I started looking..
First thing I saw was the pickup tube extended out into the lake which clicked in my head, "wait a second.." Then I zoomed in...
Nuclear cooling towers?!? WTF? I've seen hundreds of pictures and read numerous books about Chernobyl but never remember mention or sight of cooling towers. Guess I had a retarded moment, but I completely forgot the Chernobyl Nuclear facility wasn't actually in the town of Chernobyl, so I googled the plant:
Yep, that unique guyed tower next to reactor number 4's cover was familiar.. Doh!
We dont have corvettes in Oz, but am I right in saying that they are like our SS commodore drivers (upspeccd G8's).. and all totally useless?
Well, it seems that in the US, a large percentage of Corvette owners are either the newly rich or the middle-aged / retired wealthy. Both of these groups are accustomed to always being right, and seem to feel that being good at lawyering or investment banking automatically makes them good at everything else, including driving. This also holds true for some of Harley-Davidson's higher end stuff, such as the V-rod. For example: http://bikerpunks.com/mediaviewer/12...nice-bike.html
This man is fairly typical of a first-time Harley owner. He has selected a V-rod as his first bike.
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Nuclear cooling towers?!? WTF? I've seen hundreds of pictures and read numerous books about Chernobyl but never remember mention or sight of cooling towers.
I'm not quite sure why they would be there. The Chernobyl station (like most of the other Soviet-era RMBK power plants) uses a once-through cooling design, where water is drawn in from a lake or river, flowed through the condenser, and then dumped straight back out again.
Our own little teakettle here in San Onofre has the largest cooling system in the world- the Pacific ocean:
I haven't read nearly as much on Chernobyl as some other incidents. Frankly, the Chernobyl meltdown explosion, while catastrophic, wasn't very interesting from a human-factors standpoint. It was a stupid design (graphite-moderated yet water-cooled, no containment, positive void-coefficient, poorly designed control rods, unstable at low output) and thus, was basically just an accident waiting to happen. While the event was triggered by human error, it wasn't a complex error- just push one button and *boom*, the genie is out of the bottle.
TMI-II, by comparison, is a really fascinating case study on human behavior in complex systems. Yes, there were a lot of underlying design flaws. But every one of them was actually quite minor in the grand scheme of things. It took a fascinating comedy of errors for the initial event to be set in motion, and once it had begun, the operators spent several days trying to comprehend and then control the system. It is that time, particularly the first six hours after the event began, which is particularly fascinating.