Trinitite Fused Silica From Trinity, Nm Test Site Of First Atomic Bomb Explosion RARE SAMPLES IN BOTTLE TOTALING APPROXIMATELY 5 GRAMS

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Seller: nasaworm (4,317) 100%, Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 372550671727 Up for sale are samples of Trinitite which is fused silica sand resulting from the world's first atomic bomb explosion. Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. It was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range. The only structures originally in the vicinity were the McDonald Ranch House and its ancillary buildings, which scientists used as a laboratory for testing bomb components. A base camp was constructed, and there were 425 people present on the weekend of the test. The code name "Trinity" was assigned by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, inspired by the poetry of John Donne. The test was of an implosion-design plutonium device, informally nicknamed "The Gadget", of the same design as the Fat Man bomb later detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. The complexity of the design required a major effort from the Los Alamos Laboratory, and concerns about whether it would work led to a decision to conduct the first nuclear test. The test was planned and directed by Kenneth Bainbridge. The Gadget's detonation released the explosive energy of about 22 kilotons of TNT (92 TJ). Observers included Vannevar Bush, James Chadwick, James Conant, Thomas Farrell, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Leslie Groves, Robert Oppenheimer, Geoffrey Taylor, and Richard Tolman. As a result of the explosion, the desert under ground zero was depressed about six feet, like a giant saucer to a radius of 250 feet. Surrounding the crater was a zone of fused surface soil, later termed Atomize or Trinitite, 3/16 to 1/2 inch thick, which covered about seventy-three acres. By 1952, the Trinitite on the surface had weathered so badly that it was breaking down into dust and blowing into drifts; therefore, all but a small area, which was covered by a shed roof, was scraped up and buried elsewhere. The test site was declared a National Historic Landmark district in 1965, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places the following year. Tests on the radioactivity of Trinitite have proven it to be safe to handle and keep in your collection cabinet. In 1967, after making extensive tests, Frederic L. Frey, Jr., of Los Alamos, stated that a person would have to eat 10,000 grams of Trinitite or hold a piece of it against his skin for 83 days to receive any type of radiation injury. It has lost more radiation since then and is now about four times the normal background count. PLEASE NOTE: The five samples shown in the above photos are representative of what you will receive. Each of the samples weigh approximately 1 gram and vary in size and appearance (no two are exactly alike) so they will not look exactly like those shown in the above photo but you will receive at least five samples totaling 5 grams or greater with your order inside a small glass bottle with cork stopper. All samples have the smooth green fused silica surface on one side and the bubbled silica sand on the reverse which is a characteristic trademark of Trinitite. The photos of the samples above show both the top and bottom sides of sample Trinitite pieces like those that you will receive. Your order will ship with bubble wrap to protect the glass bottle and samples. All overseas orders will be marked "Fused Silica for Scientific Research" on the customs form. AUTHENTICATION: I have received emails from folks asking if these samples are genuine. To be honest, I never had doubts that such material could ever be faked. I originally received this material over thirty years ago from antique dealer in Michigan who explained to me that while he was in the Army he worked the original Trinity test site. After retiring from the military he opened up an antique store in Coloma, Michigan where he sold it. The dealer has passed away but I have since learned that he originally acquired the samples that I am selling from Ralph Pray who removed nearly a ton of the material back in 1951 from the original Trinity test site. I understand that the antique shop in Michigan sold off all of its Trinitite around the year 2000 and others familiar with this material know of that particular sale and have done extensive tests on it to confirm that the material is genuine. Attached to my listing are the results of a detailed analysis of the Trinitite that I am selling. When I first listed my material I offered to send free samples to folks that have the means to do a proper Gamma spectroscopic analysis to identify specific fissionable isotopes of my material to help further confirm that it is genuine. Four folks, all of whom work either at a university or scientific lab, came forward and volunteered to test my samples. As of this posting, the samples have been sent to these people (three overseas and one in the U.S.). One scientist based in Italy sent back his initial results which that shows the presence of Cs137, Am241 and Eu152 confirming that my samples come from a nuclear explosion (see the two green colored charts posted in my listing). As of this writing, more detailed tests are still being performed to further help verify that my samples are specifically from the Trinity test. I will post these in my listing as I learn of them. Please feel free to ask any questions. Condition: Used, Condition: You will receive a minimum of 5 grams worth of samples inside a glass bottle with cork top., Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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