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Remembering Antarctica’s nuclear past with ‘Nukey Poo’


Nielsen, HE, Remembering Antarctica's nuclear past with Nukey Poo', The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, Australia, 23 July (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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We think of Antarctica as a place to protect. It’s "pristine", "remote" and "untouched". (Although a recent discovery reveals it’s less isolated from the world than previously thought.) But it wasn’t always this way. Between 1961 and 1972 McMurdo Station was home to Antarctica’s first and only portable nuclear reactor, known as PM-3A, or "Nukey Poo." The little-known story of Nukey Poo offers a useful lens through which to examine two ways of valuing the far south: as a place to develop, or a place to protect.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:antarctica, history, nuclear, environmental history, techno-optimism, environmental protection
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Other history, heritage and archaeology
Research Field:Other history, heritage and archaeology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Nielsen, HE (Dr Hanne Nielsen)
ID Code:132253
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-04-30
Last Modified:2019-04-30

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