This abandoned Soviet particle accelerator would have been the biggest in the world

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In the twilight days of the Cold War, the Soviets began building UNK, a proton accelerator in the town of Provtino that would have been the biggest in the world. It was never completed...but its ghostly remains are still there.

The photo up top shows the vast underground tunnels the Soviets were building for UNK - it actually wasn't necessary to build the tunnels that big, but all the builders had available was subway construction equipment. For more incredible photos of the above ground construction site and the abandoned tunnels underneath, check out English Russia, and check out Discovery News for more on the site's history.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

That's kind of the difference between the western world and the old soviets. If both wanted a 9 meter wide tunnel but only had a 10 meter wide digger, the soviets would make the tunnel 10 meters wide. American scientists would spend 2.6 billion dollars developing a 9 meter wide digger purpose built for the project.