Blog Glitter November 1, 2017 – Las Vegas ground water is radioactive.

The Mojave Desert is vast and uninhabited.

It is the perfect location for our government to hide its dirty secrets.  The Great Basin Aquifer is the third largest in the US and contains more water than the Great Lakes.  Radioactive isotopes in the aquifer impacts the entire south western United States.

What most people don’t know.

The US Federal government controls 85% of Nevada’s land. The Nevada test site is where 1,021 atomic bombs were exploded from 1951 to 1992.  Of that amount, 828 were underground explosions, some of which were detonated directly into the aquifer poisoning the ground water.  There are thousands of private wells in the Las Vegas valley.  A recent blog on the Allstate insurance website cautions residents to have an annual water test (testing should include Carbon 14, Stronium isotopes, and methane) and to establish a 100’ zone around the wellhead.  Allstate does not say WHY a zone should be established but the Colorado Extension Service website lists fertilizers, septic tanks, and other conditions typically found on a farm could contaminate the water supply.  Radioactivity is a far greater danger to Las Vegas.  Southern Nevada gets 90% of its water from Lake Mead and 10% from thousands of private wells, all of which should be required to test for radioactive signatures.  Brigham Young University geologists discovered water surfacing at Ash Meadow, near Death Valley, follows a gravity fault under the test site to the springs in Ash Meadow.  This is a direct line from the test site, through Las Vegas, to Ash Meadows.

Why radioactive fallout threatens the rest of America.

The test site is the most radioactive area in the US.  Lake Mead receives reclaimed water from the Las Vegas area, so the cycle of moving radioactive isotopes from well water to the lake and back to the city is never ending.  California is directly down stream and receives water from Lake Mead.  The half-life of these isotopes is 150,000 years.  Fallout from above ground atomic bomb detonations saturated Nevada’s environment.  Radiation continues to make our groundwater dangerous.  Radioactive dust and dirt from above ground tests is picked up by the wind and taken into the atmosphere, where it joins the jet streams and travels east across the rest of America.  Over a thousand atomic bombs were exploded 100 miles from Las Vegas, yet our government remains silent about the existing danger.

Glitter is a murder mystery, a work of fiction.  However, it raises questions about the life-threatening issues we face in Nevada due to the potentially explosive secrets hidden at the test site.    Glitter is available on Amazon.com.  Click on the Amazon icon to order.