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    Nuclear professionals move in the direction of danger – a photo story [Image 5 of 10]

    Nuclear professionals move in the direction of danger – a photo story

    MADISON, IN, UNITED STATES

    07.28.2012

    Photo by Lt. Col. Carol McClelland 

    20th CBRNE Command

    The NTNF Ground Collections Task Force plays a crucial role in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear detonation by collecting vital information and evidence at the incident site. When combined with intelligence and law enforcement information, their efforts can help lead authorities back to the bomb maker. Technical nuclear forensics is the collection, analysis and evaluation of pre-detonation (intact) and post-detonation (exploded) radiological or nuclear materials, devices and debris, as well as the immediate effects created by a nuclear detonation. The Department of Homeland Security led the planning for the exercise and facilitated its execution. For Prominent Hunt 12, evaluators simulated nuclear debris by using ground-up volcanic rock that hobby shop enthusiasts purchase to apply as gravel for model train tracks. Samplers used hand-held vacuums or brushes to collect in areas they believed contained specimens. With the collection team vacuuming dirt and rocks along with the sample, it would soon be time for analysts to separate materials to learn more about this ‘detonation.’

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 07.28.2012
    Date Posted: 08.10.2012 12:01
    Photo ID: 642800
    VIRIN: 120728-A-#####-311
    Resolution: 4000x3000
    Size: 2.29 MB
    Location: MADISON, IN, US 

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