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This was posted by Wendy Osher to the ecoartnetwork.org recently.
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Projectâ€™s â€œTrinityâ€ test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistanâ€™s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Koreaâ€™s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showingâ€the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.â€ It starts really slow â€” if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so â€” but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
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