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Old 01-09-2018, 09:45 AM
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Default Ruins of Detroit

With Operation Taconite making the news thanks to the extremely cold weather, some interesting locations have shown up in the news. One in particular is Zug Island, just south of Detroit.

It is an artificial island, created when a channel was dug to make navigation easier. It is interesting from a game perspective because of its use. It is extremely industrialized, being used for converting iron ore to iron and early on also for manufacturing steel. The island is closed to the public with limited access and no photography is allowed. There are massive walls that block the view from land. It is still used for iron production today and also has a large coke battery that is operated the electrical utility, DTE.

With all the secrecy around Zug Island, the fact that it has a large amount of sea and rail traffic to this day, and that 4th edition nukes in the area are air burst and the island is only in the 5-10 PSI overpressure area, it would make a fine location for some sort of underground logistical base, either manned or automated like Delta Base.

Just a starter idea if anyone is looking to make an adventure in the Ruins of Detroit.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:05 PM
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can't we LARP the ruins of Detroit
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:10 PM
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The interesting part about Zug Island, is that scientists in Canada, believe that the "Windsor Hum" originates from Zug Island.
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How about Zug Island as the site of the secondary command base?
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:18 AM
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How about Zug Island as the site of the secondary command base?
I don't think I would put the secondary command base there. Maybe a central command base for a combined MARS group charged with maintaining open passage through the relatively narrow St. Claire and Detroit rivers connecting Lake Huron and Lake Erie.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:27 PM
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I don't think I would put the secondary command base there. Maybe a central command base for a combined MARS group charged with maintaining open passage through the relatively narrow St. Claire and Detroit rivers connecting Lake Huron and Lake Erie.
I can see that.


Just reading up on the island and its security had me thinking a nice location for a Project base.
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The issue with things so close to the Great Lakes or rivers is that the water table is generally pretty close to the surface. In addition rivers and lakes can rise and the surface water can also change locations. Shorelines changes and rivers meander.

The reason that there can't be a base in Missouri is the water table is really high, even in the Ozarks. I'd love to put a base in an old lead mine but they flood in just a few years if they aren't constantly being pumped.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:53 PM
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The issue with things so close to the Great Lakes or rivers is that the water table is generally pretty close to the surface. In addition rivers and lakes can rise and the surface water can also change locations. Shorelines changes and rivers meander.

The reason that there can't be a base in Missouri is the water table is really high, even in the Ozarks. I'd love to put a base in an old lead mine but they flood in just a few years if they aren't constantly being pumped.
Just remember, the geology around Detroit is quite diverse. There is a very dry salt mine at a depth of 1200 feet below the surface that is still in operation to provide salt for deicing roadways. There are hundreds of miles of road in the mine that cover an area greater than 1500 acres. This salt mine in within a few miles of Zug Island.

The deposited material from the retreating glaciers is not very thick around Detroit. Bedrock is found pretty close to the surface and there is plenty of clay, making a very good aquitard.
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