AUTHORBurke, David Allen
TITLEAtomic Testing in Mississippi: Project Dribble and the Quest for Nuclear Weapons Treaty Verification in the Cold War Era
PUBLISHERLouisiana State University Press
CITYBaton Rouge, LA

This book places the underground nuclear tests conducted in Mississippi during the 1960s in a historical context. The author, a historian, explains that the region’s salt domes were ideal geological sites for the U.S. government’s tests to establish seismic methods to detect and monitor underground nuclear explosions. Two tests were conducted near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, one on October 22, 1964 (Salmon) and the second on December 3, 1966 (Sterling). The author examines the social, economic, and environmental effects of the Tatum salt dome tests – the only nuclear tests conducted east of the Mississippi River. He concludes that the technology resulting from the tests improved seismic detection systems and had a minimal environmental impact.

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