AUTHORBolt, Bruce A.
TITLENuclear Explosions and Earthquakes: The Parted Veil
PUBLISHERW.H. Freeman and Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1976
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This book provides a scientific description of the earthquakes that nuclear explosions generate and explains their political implications through a tutorial of seismology and related physics principles interspersed with a history of nuclear weapons testing through 1976. It includes explanations of nuclear technology, the science of underground testing, and the advancement of geological knowledge of the earth due to nuclear earthquake data. The author explains the advancement of seismology that enabled distinguishing between nuclear and natural earthquakes, an important technological innovation that provided a means of cheater detection for the test ban treaties. The book advocates the negotiation of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was not in effect at the time. The science of the book is clearly explained and is understandable to general audiences. Throughout the book, when a scientific principle or term is used, a parenthetical reference is included to direct the reader to the section of the book that explains it. There are six appendices, which include lists of the nuclear tests of various nations as well as the text of the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT).


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