Trinitite First Atomic Bomb Atomite Rare 1945

Trinitite First Atomic Bomb Atomite Rare 1945
Trinitite First Atomic Bomb Atomite Rare 1945, 2008
Ink on paper, 7.5x6"

Up for bid is an original drawing of a genuine piece of trinitite. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Trinitite First Atomic Bomb Atomite Rare 1945". Pale green drawing ink on BFK white 100% archival cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 7.5x6 inches. Unique. Signed and dated on the back.

July 16, 1945 birthed the Atomic Age with the detonation of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The explosion, equivalent to around 20 kilotons of TNT, left a lake of green glass, 800 yards in diameter, on the desert floor. This glass, dubbed Trinitite, is typically light olive green in color and is remains measurably radioactive today. The majority of the trinitite was excavated and buried. Limited samples were circulated among mineral collectors. However, today it is a federal offense to remove remaining fragments from the Trinity site, which is open to the public two days a year. Contrary to estimations of some of the scientists involved, the blast did not result in the "ignition of the atmosphere and incineration of the entire planet" but produced this beautiful mineral instead. The specimen* from which this drawing was made was formed near the center of the blast. The bottom is rough reflecting the sandy desert surface. The top is lumpy, convoluted, with gas pockets, sand inclusions, and other irregular surfaces. Weighs 12.13 grams. Measures 1 7/8x1x5/8".
*This is only background information about the trinitite. The actual specimen is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail shipped in a flat envelope.

Ends: 12.08.2008 06:56:59 PM PST Atomize!

Sold for $25.01

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