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Los Alamos

(lôs ăl`əmōs', lŏs), uninc. town (1990 pop. 11,455), seat of Los Alamos co., N central N.Mex. It is on a long mesa extending from the Jemez Mts. The U.S. government chose the site in 1942 for atomic research, and the first atomic bombs were produced there. In 1947 the Atomic Energy Commission took over the town. In 1962 government control ended and Los Alamos became a self-governing community; the county was incorporated in 1969. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, is a national historic landmark. Research there has broadened to include work on environmental (oceanographic models, clean air and water), energy, computer, laser, chaos theory, and biomedical (gene mapping) issues. Los Alamos is home also to the Bradbury Science Museum and a historical museum. Valles Caldera National Preserve, Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, and Santa ClaraSanta Clara
, pueblo (1990 pop. 1,156), N N.Mex., on the Rio Grande. Its inhabitants are Pueblo of the Tanoan linguistic family. Having their own elected government, the residents farm, raise cattle, or work in nearby Los Alamos. Some are noted painters and pottery makers.
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 pueblo are nearby. Since the mid-20th cent. the town and laboratory have several times been threatened by wildfires originating in nearby forests, with the most significant destruction occurring in 2000.

Los Alamos

 

a city in southwestern USA in the state of New Mexico, situated at an elevation of more than 2,200 m in the Jemez Mountains. Population, 11,300 (1970). Los Alamos was founded in 1942 as a center for research in the use of atomic energy and the manufacture of nuclear weapons (the first atomic bombs). A complex of research institutes is located in the city—the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory of the University of California.

Los Alamos

a town in the US, in New Mexico: the first atomic bomb was developed here. Pop.: 18 343 (2000 est.)
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