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Trinity Site - October 6, 2012
September 13, 2012
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, WNPA will be out of the visitor center and out in the field! Yes, it's time once again for us to go to the Trinity Site, set up our booth, and serve visitors as they explore the location where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated.
Why is this such an exciting event for us? White Sands Missile Range opens the Trinity Site to the public only twice a year--on the first Saturday of April and October. This gives us a unique opportunity to interact with the public and represent both the WNPA and White Sands National Monument. By working side-by-side with National Park Service staff, we are able to connect people to their national parks.
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The wind moves small sand grains by bouncing them along the surface in a process called "saltation." Saltating sand grains create a beautiful pattern of ripples on the dune surface. Larger sand grains are struck by saltating grains and slowly roll forward, a process known as "surface creep."