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Hanford Reach

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Hanford Reach is the site of the top-secret Hanford Nuclear Reservation where the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb was manufactured. Visiting the mysterious site used to require a security clearance, but since it became part of the Manhattan Project National Historic Site in 2015, any U.S. citizen can sign up for a free tour of the historic reactor B, the first large-scale nuclear reactor ever built. The surrounding area was initially set apart from development not for conservation, but as a security buffer zone. After the end of the Cold War, the decommissioning of the Hanford Site's nuclear reactors was followed by a cleanup that continues to this day, the largest such effort in the country, and to the establishment, in the year 2000, of a vast nature preserve that became Hanford Reach National Monument.

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Aquatic plants and moon, Wahluke Ponds, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Sun rising in haze over Saddle Mountain, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Wildflowers and cliff, Saddle Mountain, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Volcanic outcrop and rising sun, Saddle Mountain, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Cliff and Saddle Mountain at sunrise, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Shrubs and volcanic rocks on Saddle Mountain, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Grasses on lava slope, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Hill with volcanic rocks and distant valley, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Grassy hills, Saddle Mountain Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Grasses and cliffs in summer, Ringold Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Side arm of Columbia River, Ringold Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Verdant slough and Columbia River, Ringold Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Columbia River and Rattlesnake Mountains, Wahluke Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Shrub-steppe terrain and Columbia River, Wahluke Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Sunset over Columbia River from White Bluffs Overlook, Wahluke Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Columbia River from top of White Bluffs at sunset, Wahluke Unit, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Columbia River, sunset, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Columbia River and Rattlesnake Mountains at sunset, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) White Cliffs, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Columbia River and distant rainstorm at sunset, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color) Sunset over Columbia River from White Cliffs, Hanford Reach National Monument. Washington ( color)
There are 21 color pictures on this page out of 56 color pictures of Hanford Reach.