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Trinitite Green Red Black Atomite Alamogordo Glass Trinity Site Nuclear Bomb
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.
Notice: All of our Trinitite has been tested as being authentic. Orders are shipped in compliance with Section 13 from part 40 of the NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules and regulations and Postal Service regulations specified in 49 CFR 173.421 for activity limits of low level radioactive materials. We ship all items in accordance with Postal Service activity limits specified in Publication 52. The sale of the trinitite is in compliance with all U.S. Federal regulations. Our trinitite came from a scientific collection. The specimens were gathered in 1948.
This material is strictly for educational and scientific purposes only. Do NOT inhale, ingest, or wear as/in jewelry.
Last updated: January 15, 2021
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