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Severny: Where the USSR Tested the Biggest Nuke in History

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Source/Further reading:

BBC - The Monster Atomic Bomb that was too Big to Use: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170816-the-monster-atomic-bomb-that-was-too-big-to-use
Atomic heritage foundation: https://www.atomicheritage.org/history/tsar-bomba
Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tsar-Bomba
History of Severny and the Novaya Zemlya: https://www.britannica.com/place/Novaya-Zemlya#ref78301
Some good descriptions of damage caused: https://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Russia/TsarBomba.html
Slate, with some descriptions of the island pre-test: http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/30/tsar_bomba_the_most_powerful_nuclear_weapon_ever.html
Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/novaya-zemlya
Gizmodo: https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-bomb-in-the-history-of-the-world-5977824
What would happen if Tsar Bomba had landed on Nagasaki: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-nagasaki-would-have-looked-like-if-the-tsar-bomba-had-replaced-fat-man-17038940/
Medium: https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-tsar-bomba-was-a-50-megaton-monster-nuke-6855dcaeb618
Andrei Sakharov, father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb: https://www.atomicheritage.org/profile/andrei-d-sakharov
Sakharov’s change to dissident: http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2014/01/31/sakharovs-turning-point-first-soviet-h-bomb-test/
USSR hydrogen weapons program: https://www.atomicheritage.org/history/soviet-hydrogen-bomb-program
Nenets people today (pictures): https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/aug/21/a-world-of-fire-and-ice-life-with-the-nenets-in-pictures
Nuclear stockpiles by country: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Nuclearweaponswhohaswhat
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