desktop zoo: "zoo means that ontological place at which nature--quite unnaturally--has its essence in being the object of human caretaking, planning and research." (Giegerich,1987). "If we could only make the bodies smaller,/maybe we could fit/a whole year's kill in front of us on a desk." (R. Bly. From, "Counting the Small-Boned Bodies.")
contamination: "Sandia generates a variety of low-level radioactive wastes. These include wastes contaminated with tritium; small quantities of TRU (transuranic) waste (including plutonium)... (which contain) both radioactive and hazardous wastes." (References to Sandia National Laboratories in National Reports on DOE Environment, Safety and Health Matters, February 21, l989). According to Sandia officials, there are presently 139 "potential release sites" located on Sandia's 2,820 acres, where radioactivity or toxic wastes could escape into the soil and groundwater.
mammals: "If the dinosaurs had not become extinct, if their kind had continued to dominate the land, mammals might still be small rodentlike creatures foraging by night and hiding by day from the mighty reptiles." (Wilford,1985)
Stegosaurus: "Roof lizard." Plated dinosaurs who walked on all four legs, rearing to browse trees.
Triceratops: "Three-horned face." Both sexes had horns, which identifies the horns as weapons, not implements for intraspecific combat. Pentaceratops is a five-horned, slightly more expensive, model.
Allosaurus: "Other lizard." A flesh eater whole tail was over half its length. It is believed that Allosaurus ate only carrion, being too clumsy to hunt.
Tryannosaurus Rex: "Tyrant lizard." This king of the dinosaurs was the "most savage hunter that ever lived on land." Or did it just waddle around, munching leftovers?
extinction: "Something happened 65 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous, something so devastating that it altered the course of life on earth...No species living exclusively on land and weighing more than twenty-five kilograms seemed to have survived, and the most conspicuous of the non-survivors were the dinosaurs." (Wilford,1985) It is now believed that the catastrophe was caused by a huge meteor that fell in the Caribbean Sea near the Yucatan peninsula, causing a cloud of dust to block sunlight from most of the planet.
heart: The region of the Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator (PBFA II), built and operated at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, in which, it is theorized, a chain of minute fusion reactions will someday take place. After each "shot" the assembly is lifted by a crane and set down in a Contamination Area to cool for about 36 hours.