“Forbidden” crystals found at the site of the atomic bomb explosion

(ORDO NEWS) — Geologists stumbled upon an amazing find, the so-called trinite in the place where the atomic bomb exploded. The crystals got their name because of the bomb next to which they were discovered. Yes, we are talking about the Trinity atomic bomb, which was detonated in July 1945 in the New Mexico desert.

Reported by Inverse.

Geologists from the USA and Italy have found such an unusual find. 76 years after the Trinity explosion, a group of scientists decided to study the area at the epicenter of the explosion. As it turned out, the explosion created not only trinite, but also crystals of cosmic origin “quasicrystals”. The found specimens are among the rarest in the world. 

A quasicrystal is a solid, symmetric body with a forbidden fundamental region. It has an axis of symmetry, which simple crystals do not have. Under the microscope, it looks like a complex mosaic. Previously, similar compounds were found only on meteorites. 

The discovery is really unique, because it makes it possible to understand how cosmic bodies are formed. Despite the fact that more than 70 years have passed since the explosion, this place is very important for researchers in the field of nuclear physics, geology, astronomy and other sciences.


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