Scientists Seek to Study Submerged Nuclear Objects in Novaya Zemlya


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Specialists are carrying out an expedition on the Mstislav Keldysh research vessel.

An enormous number of radioactive objects were buried in the bays of Novaya Zemlya's eastern shore and the Novaya Zemlya Trough between 1965 and 1991. The list includes the Lenin icebreaker’s reactor and the K-27 nuclear submarine.

The register of underwater, potentially hazardous facilities located in the internal waters and in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation includes more than 24,000 objects, TASS reported.

The expedition involves scientists from the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Kurchatov Institute. The scientists will assess the threat posed by radioactively contaminated water during the expedition. Nobody has found such a threat so far.

Besides, underwater unmanned vehicles will be used to make a video and take samples.



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