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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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T4052

T4053

T4055

T4056

T4058

T4062

T4063

T4069

T4070

T4071

T4072

T4073

T4074

T4075

T4076

T4078

T4079

T4080

T4081

T4082
 

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TYPE
4.

WEIGHT
(GRAMS)

SPECIMEN SIZE|(INCHES)

 SPECIAL FEATURES

SPECIMEN
PRICE

T 4052

3.50

1 1/4

5/8

3/8

Several tiny red (Cu) inclusions are on the top edge of the specimen, as well as on the back side.

SOLD

T 4053 

5.05

1 1/8

7/8

1/4

A large open gas pocket is on the top of the specimen, along with obviously light and darker green streaks in the Trinitite glass.

SOLD

T 4055

3.70

1

3/4

3/8

Several red (Cu) streaks and small red inclusions

are on the sides and base of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4056

7.75

1 1/4

1 1/8

1/4

Many open gas pockets are around the perimeter, + small open pockets on the surface of the specimen.  “CB” inclusions to 3 mm diameter are also present.  Many black (Fe) inclusions are along the top edge of the specimen, as shown.

SOLD

T 4058

5.65

1 1/2

7/8

1/4

A tiny, white to very pale robin’s egg blue zone of fused Trinitite surrounds a small open gas pocket on the surface of the specimen.  A large, fused “CB” inclusion (3 X 1 mm) is on one edge of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4062

7.40

1 3/8

1 1/8

1/4

Very light green color Trinitite glass has several open gas pockets around the perimeter.  The largest is 6 X 4 mm diameter and 10 mm deep.

SOLD

 

T 4063

6.95

1 7/8

1

1/4

This specimen is pierced by a natural hole and also has a 3 mm, bright red (Cu) inclusion in one end of the back of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4069

6.20

1 1/8

1 1/8

1/4

Two fused white Feldspar inclusions + two black (Fe) inclusions are present, along with several open gas pockets around the perimeter & one large open gas pocket on the top of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4070

8.62

1 3/8

1

1/2

A very small black (Fe) inclusion is mixed with some of the light blue color glassy material.  This requires 20X magnification for best appreciation. Several large open gas pockets are present on one end of the specimen, and a large “CB” inclusion is on the opposite end of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4071

6.36

1

5/8

1/2

Very light green to near colorless Trinitite glass has a distinct black (Fe) stripe running across the top of the specimen (not shown in the photo).  A very small inclusion of the pale robin’s egg blue color material is on one edge of the specimen.

SOLD

T4072

11.43

1 3/8

1 1/4

1/2

A very distinct, pale robin’s egg blue color circular shaped inclusion is in an open gas pocket on one edge of the very light green Trinitite glass,  and a tiny shard of unfused white Feldspar protrudes from the base of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4073

3.38

1 1/8

3/4

3/8

Several micro, light red (Cu) inclusions are present on one end of the specimen, along with a large inclusion of fused white Feldspar.

SOLD

T4074

5.85

1 1/4

1

1/4

An elongated, dark blue-green “CB” inclusion

(4 mm long X 1 mm wide) is visible on one edge of the specimen.  The Trinitite glass is mottled, and some areas are atypically very light in color.

SOLD

T 4075

2.10

5/8

1/2

3/8

Extra light color Trinitite glass has a large open gas pocket on the top surface, and another large gas pocket visible on one end of the specimen.

SOLD

T 4076

7.28

1 1/8

1

< 1/2

Very light color Trinitite glass has a dark grey-green color fused inclusion on one edge of the specimen, plus many open gas pockets around the perimeter of the specimen.  Nice!

SOLD

T4078

5.54

1 1/4

1

1/4

A large (4 X 3 mm) “CB” inclusion protrudes from one end of the specimen, and a large fused white Feldspar mass can be seen near the center of the specimen.

SOLD

T4079

5.19

1

1

1/4

Black to brown Fe inclusions are streaked across the top and center of the specimen, which is color zoned with pale green to medium green Trinitite glass.  Many tiny open pockets are present.

SOLD

T4080

10.02

1 3/4

1

3/8

Numerous unfused white feldspar inclusions are attached / embedded in the top, edges, and base of the specimen.  The white inclusion near the center of the specimen has a small open gas pocket in the center of the inclusion.

SOLD

T4081 8.55 1 1/2 7/8 1/4 A large unfused white Feldspar mass (4 X 3 mm) is attached to one edge of the specimen. Several very tiny orange inclusions are present on one edge of the specimen.  30X+ magnif. required for best appreciation.   See the additional photo.

SOLD

T4082 10.54 1 3/4 1 1/2 14 The Trinitite glass is pierced by a small natural hole near one edge.  In addition to the minor black veining, several very tiny orange inclusions are present on one edge of the specimen.  30X+ magnification required for best appreciation.   See the additional photo.

SOLD

 

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. click here to see data / purchase

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


 

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THE STORY OF THE TRINITY SITE NUCLEAR EXPLOSION, JULY 16, 1945
By Prof. F. M. Szasz


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THE LOS ALAMOS PRIMER:
The First Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb
By: Robert Serber


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