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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 Clara 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.

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Los Alamos Town in New Mexico, USA, site of a large scientific laboratory. During World War II, the laboratory was one of the centres for the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb. After the war, the laboratory developed the hydrogen bomb. Pop. (2000) 11,909.

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Los Alamos a town in northern New Mexico, which has been a centre for nuclear research since the 1940s, when it was the site of the development of the first atomic and hydrogen bombs.