Originally Posted by Scribe
Semipalatinsk is often referred to as the USSR's equivalent to the Nevada Test Site, i.e. a place where they exploded lots of big, nuclear bombs back in the day. It will be interesting to see how close you can get. I wonder if our intrepid travelers take a dip in the (oddly circular) Lake Chagan!
The Test area is huge ... If you look at the following article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semipalatinsk_Test_Site
, we went through the are known as Experimental Field, where the above ground explosions took place and from there to Kurchatov (which was the Los Alamos of the Soviet Union) . Lake Chagan is in another part of the test site 100 km (60 miles) to the south east (Balapan region), so no we didnt pass by that one. But all will be revealed when we write up the next days travel stories :)