Iron Minerals Formed by a Nuclear Explosion in a Salt Bed

Science  19 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3699, pp. 1027
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3699.1027


The nuclear event, Gnome, was carried out in halite in the Salado formation and yielded a varied mineral assemblage. The iron suppor members reacted in the salt melt and formed several iron oxide phases. The magnetite which formed during the fireball stage reached in various ways with the environment to form higher oxides and hydrated oxides.