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The atoll of Bikini, a necklace of 23 islands with sandy beaches and swaying palms that surround a tranquil, blue-green lagoon, presents a startling paradox for the nuclear age. How does a small coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific, which was once rocked violently by 23 atomic- and hydrogen-bomb blasts in the s and s, manage to appear so beautiful and abundant with nature's bounty just a half-century later? The remarkable legacy of these islands and their people began just after the second world war, in December , when US President Harry S Truman issued a directive to army and navy officials that joint testing of nuclear weapons would be necessary "to determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships". Because of its location away from regular air and sea routes, Bikini was chosen to be the new nuclear proving ground for the US government. The only hindrance for the US and its grand experiments was the small band of Bikini islanders. Commodore Ben H Wyatt, the military governor of the Marshall Islands - to which Bikini belongs - travelled to Bikini to address this very dilemma in February
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The Crazy Story of the 1946 Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests
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Sample section taken from the book, For the Good of Mankind. By Jack Niedenthal Email: bikinijack gmail. Bikini Atoll has been included on the list for the role that tests of atomic weapons at Bikini played in shaping global culture in the second half of the 20th Century. Order from this direct ordering link at Amazon.
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Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll
Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July , and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships.
Timothy J. Jorgensen does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The United States soon came up with some very big plans for the little atoll of Bikini. After forcing the residents to relocate to another atoll, they started to prepare Bikini as an atomic bomb test site. Media coverage of the happenings at Bikini was extensive, and public interest ran very high.