Nuclear has always been a controversial energy source, not only because of the potential for parallel nuclear weapons development but also because of the difficulties in dealing with nuclear waste. This is reflected in the maps relating to nuclear weapons and nuclear energy - often related in the eyes of opponents to nuclear - that are available on the web.
Nuclear Berkeley - Nuclear World
presents a series of “interactive” maps, interactive here meaning that clicking on one of the options below an image map simply leads to another image. The focus here is on the world and the nuclear weapons and energy production by country. The maps are unspectacular but readable.
The Nuclear Map of Canada
also combines nuclear energy and weaponry into one topic but does so in a stylish manner. The focus is, of course, Canada and the style is reminiscent of 1950s “technology will save the world”: black and white with cute graphics and circular blow ups. Clicking on the map will enlarge sections of it to a readable scale. The same map appears at a slightly different url
but provides for smaller sections of the map at a larger scale.
The International Nuclear Safety Center
and Invensys Nuclear
both focus primarily on nuclear nergy production and, not surprisingly, put a positive spin on it. The INSC provides a number of maps
with hotlinks to details on the reactors at that location. The data, however, looks to be about 8 years old. Invensys does not post maps and data on the webiste but does have a 35 MB exe file
that runs on its own (free registration required) and has much of the same information as the INSC site, except with the addition of diagrams, photos and more detail. The data is mapped on the surface of a rotatable and zoomable globe.
For those looking for a more negative view of nuclear, visit PBS’ American Experience
site. A simple world map
indicates nuclear bomb blasts around the world in their approximate locations with almost cheesy mushroom cloud symbols. Greenpeace
has a rather tacky titled “Zoom to Doom” zoomable Flash map
that is somewhat disappointing. And finally, on a website promoting the book Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
is your opportunity to blast away and see what kind of damage can be inflicted
on the zip code of your choice with a 10 kiloton explosion (IE6 only).