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(io9)   Shortly after the Second World War, the Soviet Union constructed a massive industrial city-complex in the Caspian Sea. It'll be only a matter of time before the sea completely consumes it   (io9.com) divider line 10
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2012-11-17 12:47:57 PM
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LargeCanine: madgonad: LargeCanine: Typical Communist waste of resources. They built cities in unviable locations and have to import everything just to access one resource. They built cities in the Actic Circle to mine coal, importing every mouhful of food and everything else. The smart thing to do in this case would have been to build oil platforms and pump the oil through pipes to the shore. Have either a refinery on shore or a transfer station to pump it elsewhere where a refinery and necessary population center is viable.

Have you been to Alaska?
Ever wonder why we are storing millions of unproductive old people in Arizona which it is essentially wasteland?

Not the same thing at all.


Yes, in the case of Arizona ours is actually worse. Russia built facilities in remote locations to support the labor required to extract the resource. The cost of having to bring everything in was more than offset by the value of resources being extracted.

In Arizona we have stuck a bunch of old people in a place where nothing except solar energy is produced. Even the water has to be piped in. And this is millions of people in Phoenix and Tucson - not a couple thousand in the North Slope of Alaska or this Caspian Sea oilfield.
2012-11-17 11:24:30 AM
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LargeCanine: Typical Communist waste of resources. They built cities in unviable locations and have to import everything just to access one resource. They built cities in the Actic Circle to mine coal, importing every mouhful of food and everything else. The smart thing to do in this case would have been to build oil platforms and pump the oil through pipes to the shore. Have either a refinery on shore or a transfer station to pump it elsewhere where a refinery and necessary population center is viable.


Have you been to Alaska?
Ever wonder why we are storing millions of unproductive old people in Arizona which it is essentially wasteland?
2012-11-17 12:44:12 PM
2 votes:
So after WW2 the soviets built an unsustainable floating city while we built unsustainable suburbs? Glad to see we weren't the only ones being stupid with our post-war resources.
2012-11-17 12:21:24 PM
2 votes:

LargeCanine: Typical Communist waste of resources. They built cities in unviable locations and have to import everything just to access one resource. They built cities in the Actic Circle to mine coal, importing every mouhful of food and everything else. The smart thing to do in this case would have been to build oil platforms and pump the oil through pipes to the shore. Have either a refinery on shore or a transfer station to pump it elsewhere where a refinery and necessary population center is viable.


Political persuasion does not dictate human wastefulness. Communists aren't wasteful. People are.
2012-11-17 09:52:14 AM
2 votes:
As someone who does underwater structural inspections, that is both awesome and pause for a shudder.

Can't believe I've never heard of it before now.
2012-11-17 02:58:11 PM
1 votes:

Nuclear Monk: Appears to be here, but no google earth images:(
40°13'52.12"N 50°51'53.26"E


From the original article at Spiegel Online: "Dismantling Neft Dashlari properly would probably be more expensive than simply keeping it going with a scaled-down oil production. To the government, the place is still the proud, closely-guarded secret it was in Soviet times. It is still very hard for foreigners to gain access to the city, which isn't even shown on Google Maps."

Original pics from original article, deslidified.

To say that the USSR didn't fark around when it came to overengineering environmental apocalypses is, like all statements about the USSR and overengineered environmental apocalypses, an understatement. But damned if it isn't awesome to look at.
2012-11-17 02:32:00 PM
1 votes:
What the sea swallows, she also throws up, viz Vozrozhdeniya Island

What was an island is no longer. Which wouldn't be a problem except for the bio-weapons lab that used to be harder to get to. 

"Located in the central Aral Sea, Vozrozhdeniya Island was one of the main laboratories and testing sites for the Soviet Union's Microbiological Warfare Group. In 1948, a top-secret Soviet bioweapons laboratory was established here, which tested a variety of agents, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, brucellosis, and tularemia.[3] In 1971, a release of weaponized smallpox from the island sickened ten people, of whom 3 died."
2012-11-17 01:56:32 PM
1 votes:
Does everyone/everything have superpowers??

img.weburbanist.com
2012-11-17 10:43:36 AM
1 votes:
Gotta give credit where credit is due.

In that era, the Soviets did NOT fark around. When they built something, they BUILT that farker on a massive "Because fark you, that's why!" scale.
2012-11-17 09:56:28 AM
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cman: Russia is always hurting for some cash. I wonder if they can turn it into a tourist trap


Why not. The Ukraine has turned another USSR ecological disaster into an apocalyptic theme park.
 
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