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On 10/12/2018 at 7:12 PM, Grazza said:

All taken in New Mexico last Saturday:

 

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Trinity Test Site, White Sands Missile Range. The site is open to the public two days each year.

 

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Random piece of earth near Ground Zero. If you zoom in, you can see small pieces of Trinitite.

 

So two questions, or 1. Depending on how you look at it: 1.) The Trinity Test Site: is that where the device was exploded? Or just the general area? Because it looks decent enough, for a nuclear detonation. If so, is it safe for people to be in the area? It has to be radiated, to some degree, right? 2.) Reading the wikipedia page for Trinitite you provided, some people make jewelry out this material. Is that safe? I know I sound like a broken record, but I always thought any type of radiation was bad and should be avoided. 

Edit: looking at my post, I just realized I asked multiple questions. ::facepalm:: My bad.

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12 hours ago, Chewyninja69 said:

1.) The Trinity Test Site: is that where the device was exploded? Or just the general area? Because it looks decent enough, for a nuclear detonation. If so, is it safe for people to be in the area? It has to be radiated, to some degree, right?

2.) Reading the wikipedia page for Trinitite you provided, some people make jewelry out this material. Is that safe?

The obelisk marks the center of the foot of the 100-foot tower on which the device was detonated. In the blast photos (such as this one), it is the point at ground level below the center of the fireball. The tower was mostly vaporized, but a small distance from the obelisk you can still see the twisted, melted remnants of one of the feet of the tower.

 

It is safe to visit the site. Radiation is all around us, and the radiation level in the area is fairly low. While it is elevated above that of the surrounding area, there are many sources of radiation that expose us to higher levels and that we tend to view as inoccuous. There was a sign at the site that gave information on this, presumably to reassure anyone who was nervous. I could post an image of it, but it's simpler to quote from this page:

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One hour at Trinity Site ground zero = one half mrem

Cosmic rays from space = 47 mrem at Denver per year, 28 mrem at St. Louis

Radioactive minerals in rocks and soil = 63 mrems per year on Colorado Plateau

Radioactivity from air, water and food = about 240 mrem per year

About six mrem per chest X-ray, 65 mrem per hip X-ray and 110 mrem for a CAT Scan

Watching television = less than one mrem per year

Wearing a plutonium-powered pacemaker = 100 mrem per year

So you wouldn't want to live there long term - that would be similar exposure to having a CAT Scan twice a month.

 

Trinitite is indeed radioactive, though at relatively low levels. Geiger counters get quite noisy when pointed at the stuff. Making jewelry out of it probably isn't great idea, and wearing it for long periods even less so. But you won't get sick just from being near the stuff for a while.

 

If you're keen to investigate radiation in the world around you, then there are some inexpensive Geiger counters available. Strongly recommended if you plan to visit the Russian Arctic too.

 

Since this is the random image thread, here's an admittedly not so random image:

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Taken in Roswell, New Mexico

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1979 audiences reacting to the chestburster scene in Alien.

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Source says that this was created by by Boros Attila. 

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16 hours ago, Ajora said:

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1979 audiences reacting to the chestburster scene in Alien.

Or maybe they are in adult cinema. It was uncensored in 70's.

Edited by Rimantas

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Someone talked about radioactivity earlier?


Do I have a mind blower for you lot. This image depicts a NATURAL NUCLEAR FISSION POWER PLANT in Gabon, Africa about 1,7 billion years ago. It was a regular uranium deposit that managed to self-activate nuclear fission by chance, producing power (that obviously never went anywhere) for a few hundred thousand years.

 

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I quite like The Darkness series and the concept. Bring back more!

 

I found the website for the original game awesome but I think it's gone.

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9 hours ago, Chezza said:

I quite like The Darkness series and the concept. Bring back more!

 

I found the website for the original game awesome but I think it's gone.

 

It has to be one of the most underrated series. I'd sure love a Darkness III but it seems unlikely now, considering that Darkness II was supposed to receive DLC which would continue the story from where it left off, but it got canned due to poor sales.

 

I'd like a PC port of the original at least instead.

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