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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Trinitite was "Who is Dr. LaPaz"

Trinitite was "Who is Dr. LaPaz"

Paul Heinrich oxytropidoceras at
Sat Feb 27 01:26:14 EST 2010

In the thread [meteorite-list] "Who is Dr. LaPaz" at

Shawn Alan asked:

"Lastly, along with the meteorite specimens I also received
a trinitite fragment weighing at 1.79g that he had collected
from the Trinity project and was wondering if people on
the list knew much about this stuff."

Go look at;

1. "Trinitite" at:

2. Parekh, P. P.. T. M. Semkow, M. A. Torres, D. K. Haines,
J. M. Cooper, P. M. Rosenberg and M. E. Kitto, 2006,
Radioactivity in Trinitite six decades later. Journal of
Environmental Radioactivity. vol. 85, no. 1, pp. 103–112.

Abstract at

PDF file at

3. Trinitite Varieties Steven L. Kay, Nuclearon

4. Ross, C. S., 1948, Optical properties of glass from
Alamogordo, New Mexico. American Mineralogist. vol 33,
no 5-6, pp. 360-363.

5. Eby, G. N., N. Charley, and J. A., Smoliga, 2010, and
Trinitite - The Atomic Clock. Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs. vol. . 42, no. 1, p. 77.

6. Pittauerova, D., nd, Trinitite Radioactivity of trinitite after
62 years. Radioactivity Measurements Laboratory, Universitat

Reading about the bomb tests from Pittauerova (nd).

Rhodes, Richard, 1986, The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
Simon and Schuster, New York

Szasz, Ferene, 1984, The Day the Sun Rose Twice.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Jungk, Robert, 1958, Brighter than a Thousand Suns:
A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists. Harcourt
Brace, New York.

A related paper is:

Whitehead, N. E., S. Endo, K. Tanaka, T. Takatsuji, M. Hoshi,
S. Fukutani, R.G. Ditchburn, and A. Zondervan. 2007, A
preliminary study on the use of 10Be in forensic radioecology
of nuclear explosion sites. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.
vol. 99, no. 2, pp. 260-270.


Paul H.

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