American base abandoned in Greenland ice may thaw nuclear waste

The American missile base Camp Century was built in northeastern Greenland in 1959 at a depth of 8 meters under the ice. In accordance with the project, dubbed Iceworm, nuclear missiles aimed at the USSR were to be accommodated here. However, something its developers did not calculate, and the ice cover began to subside, threatening to bury the inhabitants of the base under them.

In 1963, the project was closed, but by that time more than 3 km of tunnels had already been broken under the ice, and all the necessary infrastructure of the base had been built, including a hospital, theater, church, shop and living quarters for 200 people.

The abandoned base has become a graveyard for almost 228, 000 liters of diesel fuel, 28.8 million liters of waste water, an unknown amount of radioactive waste and PCBs - an organic chlorine compound used as a dielectric and coolant, which is highly toxic.

Scientists recently calculated that snow and ice by the end of the century, due to global warming, could melt, and all this "chemistry" will be in the ocean. This is evidenced by new NASA maps showing the most dangerous areas around Camp Century.

On the left, in a pale red color, the area is shown where the ice has already begun to melt, and on the right, in dark red, places are indicated where the ice will eventually melt at a rate of up to 3 meters per year. According to scientists, there is a danger of pollution.

The question arises: What can be done in the time remaining until 2090? The head of research, William Kogan, responded:

"This is one of the reasons that compels us to act to stop the process of global climate change."