Could nuking the poles of exoplanets or planets in the solar system be an effective method of terraforming them? [duplicate]

To cause a nuclear winter (where the emissions of the nuke block out the atmosphere and create a long lasting period of winter) you need to set off only 100 nukes in quick succession. This made me ask myself, could you use nukes as part of the terraforming process?

In history, only two nuclear bombs have ever been used in warfare and an estimated 2120 bombs have been tested. Considering that when combined, the US and Russia have over 1400 bombs, there is a surplus of nukes.

What contribution could nuclear weapons have on the environment in a terraforming sense? Could nuclear weapons have any effect on terraforming, let's say mars? If they did have an effect, would the scale of it make it feasible?

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My question differs from this one in that I am asking about making another planet earthlike through nukes while the other asks how to increase the rate of global warming through nukes. While similar, they are different.

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• I've heard this a couple times, and some people have considered it very seriously for Mars; however, retaining an atmosphere after you create it is a whole new question. – Zxyrra Jan 6 '17 at 5:46
• Unnecessary: just drop rocks from orbit for the same effect. – JDługosz Jan 6 '17 at 7:31
• Your question assumes nuclear winter is an of from the emissions of the weapon itself. That is wrong. If an nuclear winter could be affected — and there is some serious doubt if this is even possible — that would an effect of soot and dust being lifted into the atmosphere by the fireball. This would be geoengineering by the way, not terraforming. Terraforming is a specific branch of geoengineering but geoengineering consists of more than just terraforming. – MichaelK Jan 6 '17 at 9:46
• So to the essence of the question: can throwing lots of dust into the atmosphere help in terraforming? Maybe... but it would have to be a very specific situation for it. If you would ever need to for instance lower the average temperature on a planetary surface, then that could work. – MichaelK Jan 6 '17 at 9:48
• While the question may not be exactly the same, the answer is. – Separatrix Jan 6 '17 at 14:04