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- Nuking all the ice 4 answers
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?
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.