In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it’s Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed “the atomic lake”.

Chagan (nuclear test) Chagan was the first and largest of the 124 detonations in the Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program, designed to produce peaceful nuclear explosions (PNEs) for earth-moving purposes. The concept of using PNEs to create artificial lakes, harbors and canals was modeled after a United States program, Project Plowshare, which conducted …

In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it’s Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed “the atomic lake”. Read More »