Trinitite – AKA Alamogordo glass or Atomic Age glass
Locality: Trinity Site, Jornada del Muerto desert, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Weakly radioactive: Although most of the short-lived radioactive isotopes accumulated by the glass have long since decayed, one gram of trinitite can still have an activity of three to four times the normal background with the LND-7317 pancake tube (GQ-GMC 600) (180-250CPM).
Trinitite, also known as Alamogordo glass or Atomic Age glass, is a glass-like material formed during the first atomic bomb test, Trinity, on July 16, 1945. The intense heat and energy released fused sand, creating trinitite. The test detonated a plutonium bomb in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert, vaporizing the sand. The molten sand cooled and solidified, resulting in greenish glass with a translucent or semi-transparent texture. Trinitite is primarily composed of fused silica and contains traces of other minerals. It is a prized collector’s item due to its historical significance, but its sale and possession may be restricted in some areas due to potential radiation hazards. because trinitite can contain radioactive isotopes from the bomb’s fallout.
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