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Trinity site, Tularosa Basin, Alamogordo, Socorro County,
New Mexico, USA.

 


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Type 4
The specimens in this group have various special features, as individually described below.  Pricing is @ $9.00 / gram.

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TRINITITE – TYPE 4
 

The specimens in this group have various special features, as individually described below.   Pricing is @ $9.00 / gram.

 Black inclusions – The black inclusions found in some Trinitite specimens are due to the presence of Iron (Fe).  Iron is not native to the mineralogy of the blast area, and is presumed by researchers to have been the result of incorporating Iron from the tower or tower cabin, present at the Trinity Site, when these structures were destroyed by the blast.

 Light colored glass, or light colored flow marks – The light colored glass, or light colored flow marks seen on some specimens are typical of material found 100 to 700 feet from Ground Zero, and were part of the lighter colored rays seen in aerial photographs taken shortly after the explosion.

 Red inclusions – The red inclusions are due to the presence of Copper (Cu).  Copper is not native to the mineralogy of the blast area, and is presumed by researchers to have been present as part of the Copper wiring used in the instrumentation on the project.

 Blue inclusions –  Small, glassy, white to very light robin’s egg blue color inclusions or streaks within the Trinitite are extremely rare.  No explanation for this color anomaly has been found in the literature.  Magnification is often required for best appreciation of these pale blue inclusions.

 White inclusions – White inclusions consist of small masses of partially to totally fused white Feldspar or Quartz – constituents of the desert sand at the Trinity Site.

Coke bottle” color inclusions  – A detailed microscopic study revealed that Trinitite contains two distinct types of glass, one formed from the Feldspar and clay in the sand, and one formed from Quartz in the sand that fused directly into silica glass.  These small, transparent, blue-green color glass-like inclusions (indicated as “CB” below), within the Trinitite, are presumed to be the latter.  

 Red arrow pointers  As needed, self-adhesive red arrow pointers have been attached to some of the specimens to indicate areas of special interest.  The red pointers, visible in some of the photographs, are made from self-adhesive plastic tape.  They can be easily removed, if desired, by simply pulling them off like a plastic bandage.   

 

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T4083

T4084

T4085 front view
   
T4085 back view

 

 

TYPE 4

WEIGHT(GRAMS)

SPECIMEN SIZE(INCHES)

 SPECIAL FEATURES

SPECIMEN
PRICE

 

T 4083

1.20

1/2

1/2

3/8

Two tiny red (Cu) inclusions are on the top  edge of the specimen.

SOLD

 

T 4084 

2.46

7/8

5/8

1/2

Scattered red (Cu) streaks and spots are concentrated in a 1/2” X 1/2” area on one end of the specimen.

SOLD

 

T 4085

12.65

1 5/8

1 1/8

5/8

A small, light red (Cu) inclusion is on one edge of the specimen.  The reverses side of the specimen has several glassy, open gas pockets + a white Albite inclusion in one of the gas pockets.

$189.75

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Specimens are priced as follows:
< 10 gram sizes:  $ 12.00 / gram
> 10 gram sizes:  $ 15.00 / gram

 

 

Acknowledgements: Data presented relative to the special features of the above specimens was gained by interviews and correspondence with researchers who have done detailed, intense studies on Trinitite. For further reading, see the following papers / books:

1. “Trinitite: The Atomic Age Mineral”, W. Kolb and P. Carlock, 2002.

2. “Radioactivity in Trinitite Six Decades Later”, P. Parekh, T. Semkow, et al, 2005.

3. “Day of Trinity”, Lansing Lamont, 1965.

4. “The Day The Sun Rose Twice”, Prof. F. M. Szasz, 1984.

5. “The Los Alamos Primer: Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb”, R. Serber, 1992.
 

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