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Domed Bunkers

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c. 1955. Frenchman Flat
  • Domed Bunkers (© Bret Morgan)

This aluminum dome is one of a series made of aluminum or reinforced concrete and of various thicknesses for the “Priscilla” detonation. The explosion tore this dome's aluminum roof from its base, crushing and twisting it. Aluminum sustained more damage than concrete in this test.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Domed Bunkers", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 243-243.

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