Types of Nuclear Explosions
The destructive force associated wiht a nuclear explosion vary with the location of the point of burst in relation to the surface of the earth.
The main types are:
- High Altitude Burst
- Detonation above 100,000 feet. Destrutive forces do no significantly affect the ground.
- Air Burst
- The fireball does not touch the ground. Detonation is below 100,000 feet.
- Surface Burst
- Detontation occurs at or slightly above the actual surface of the earth. One of the greatest results of the type of burst is the amount of radioactive debris and fallout, and the force of the blast wave.
- Sub-surface Burst
- Detonation occurs under ground or under water. Depth determines destructive forces on the surface.