Tic-Tac-UXO or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Today is a cross post from Dispatches From The Field! I am guest posting today and if you like this post, check out stories from other field researchers from across the world on their blog!  It’s a great site! Thanks for letting me contribute.

Dispatches from the Field

This week, Dispatches from the Field is pleased to welcome guest poster Joseph Drake, a PhD student from the University of Massachusetts, who tells a nerve-wracking story about his time doing fieldwork on a military base in the Sonoran Desert.

I brought the truck to a gravelly sliding stop.  A wave of dust washed past the truck and filled our open windows with fine sediment.  When the dust and coughing settled, I got out of the truck, stepped gingerly on the 2-track “road” the military had bladed through this section of desert and looked at what lay before me. Tanks to the left of me, bombs to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you. Wait, that’s not how the song goes. But it does do a fairly good job of describing our precarious situation.

Tanks to the left…

…and bombs to the right.

Some background: I…

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