Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses

More lighthouse stuff, via @ChrisRoperZA.

Does exactly what it says in the title.

lh2Dmitriy Vyacheslavovich lighthouse, Taymyroslavich Peninsula*

Some explanation:

…the Communist Party of the Soviet Union decided to build a chain of lighthouses to guide ships finding their way in the dark polar night across uninhabited shores of the Soviet Russian Empire. So it has been done and a series of such lighthouses has been erected. They had to be fully autonomous, because they were situated hundreds and hundreds miles aways from any populated areas. After reviewing different ideas on how to make them work for a years without service and any external power supply, Soviet engineers decided to implement atomic energy to power up those structures. So, special lightweight small atomic reactors were produced in limited series to be delivered to the Polar Circle lands and to be installed on the lighthouses.

Some great photos and handy hints for rogue states and terrorist groups on where to find unguarded plutonium.

Everybody wins. Happy days.

* completely made up.

8 thoughts on “Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses

  1. What a beautiful construction – almost like it is growing right out of the rock.

    And the photography is wonderful with the clouds and the ocean and…stuff.

    If you squint your eyes a little bit you can even see a transformer.

  2. This is a great photo but I was totally distracted by your tweet about the BNP. Are you seriaas? Leicestershire is just down the road.

    In Oxford they were handing out anti BNP pamphlets, but they seemed to be as much propaganda as the BNP pamphlets. Politics really is overrated.

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