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Bombed, Blasted, Nuked: Outback May Yield $27 Billion in Minerals

Mining companies are searching in Australia for an estimated $27 billion in buried riches, hidden beneath the world’s biggest weapons testing range.

The Woomera Prohibited Area, a remote stretch of the outback that’s larger than the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, has been bombed, blasted and even nuked after it was declared off limits almost 70 years ago.