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Trinitite Green Black with Minor Pearl for Sale

Trinitite Green Black with Minor Pearl
Trinitite Green Black with Minor Pearl
Item# JPT-019730
Regular price: $195.00
Sale price: $165.00
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

Product Description

Trinitite Green Black with Minor Pearl
This specimen is authentic green black Trinitite with minor pearl.

Size: 30mm H X 29mm W X 7mm D, Weight: 4.4 grams

Trinitite, also known as Atomite or Alamogordo Glass, is the name given to the glassy residue left on the desert floor after the plutonium-based Trinity nuclear bomb test on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The glass is primarily composed of arkosic sand mixed with quartz grains and feldspar (both microcline and smaller amount of plagioclase with small amount of calcite, hornblende and augite in a matrix of sandy clay) that was melted by the atomic blast. It is mildly radioactive, but is safe to handle for limited periods of time. Both black and red specimens are extremely rare. Rounded pearls are also found which come from melted silica that returned to solid form before hitting the ground.

A number of different types of Trinitite have been identified. Green is the most common form. Black and red contains iron from the tower structure. Red contains copper from the 'gadget' itself or from the communications cables that led away from the site. Trinitite can have iron mixed in it because the tower that held the bomb was made of steel. (Steel is an alloy consisting mostly of iron). Also "Jumbo" - the steel canister that contained the "device" was held from a detonating tower. The official environment in which the trinitite was created consisted of sand, copper, iron/ steel and whatever indigenous minerals that were in the ground at the time of the atomic test.

Ships with: perky display case, tag, Certificate of Authenticity and tag stand. Acrylic base and cube not included.