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  1. #1 Trinitite 
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    After chatting with Falconer about Hanford Washington’s role in producing plutonium I looked up the Trinity test site in New Mexico, where the first plutonium bomb was tested prior to the one dropped at Nagasaki. A residue from the blast was the sand being transformed into a new glassy mineral now called trinitite. Officially bulldozed under by USA govt two years after the test and ruled off limits for collectors, whatever was taken away before this is still available, mostly by sale.

    As as far as I know trinitite forms because of the silicon rich desert sand combined with devastating heat. I couldn’t find out if anything that new formed from the grounds of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Does anyone know if there was a newfound mineral discovered at those blast sites?

    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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