Friday, September 16, 2011


A New Material Analysis of World Trade Center Dust, by Tracy Postert, B.A., Ph.D., P.C.Ed.


In the ten years that has elapsed since the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, there have been no articles or reports that have fully characterized the destruction of the buildings that made up the WTC complex. No government or academic researchers have produced a convincing explanation of the coincident appearance of an almost unbelievable amount of dust when the WTC buildings were destroyed. At best, the many articles that have been written only give a superficial description of the WTC dust, divorced entirely from a discussion of how that dust came into existence.

An important report was supposed to tell the world how this happened. Unfortunately, the 9/11 Commission Report, based on the analysis of the National Institutes for Science and Technology, stopped explaining the horrific event at an oddly precise moment: when the conditions for destruction had been achieved. This means that the Commission did not actually report on the destruction itself. If the Commission had reported on the destruction of the WTC, they would have had to explain how steel framed buildings became dust, or at a more basic level, that the buildings became dust. At one moment, there were giant buildings that had been damaged but were still standing (Fig. 1A). Then, precipitously, there was an expanding cloud of dust and a disappearing steel framework (Fig. 1B).

The lack of a full explanation for this unique phenomenon has left a gap open for a wide variety of conspiracy theories about what really happened in New York on 9/11 and who was behind the attacks. This report counters many of these conspiracy theories, specifically those that suggest high heat mechanisms (bombs, explosive materials, nuclear devices). A new material analysis of the WTC dust is provided here which leads to a novel and powerful answer to the question, “What happened to the World Trade Center?”

Figure 1

Figure 1A-C. (A) WTC 1 emits two differently colored types of material (9:59AM) (B) WTC 1 becomes several different shades of gray material (10:26AM) (C) Damaged WTC and fumes rising from Ground Zero.

Figure 2

Figure 2A-C. (A) Two colors of rising fumes as seen from space (B) Paper mixed with WTC dust (C) Unburned survivors walk through dusty streets filled with paper

Figure 3

Figure 3A-B. (A) Strange fumes were reported at the one year anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero (B) Fumes disrupted the ceremony

Short answer to "What happened to the WTC?"

In brief, the WTC was turned into dust that was foam-like in appearance and behavior. The dust cloud was a colloidal suspension of particles in air that acted as a fluid as it cascaded down the sides of the buildings and onto the streets of lower Manhattan. The majority of the mass of WTC 1, WTC 2, WTC 3, and WTC 7 was turned into dust, and much of WTC 4, 5 and 6 met the same fate (Fig. 1C). There were some oddly damaged steel beams left over after the buildings went away, but not much compared to the original mass of the buildings. The thousands of sinks and toilets that were located in the WTC were nowhere to be found in the debris. The concrete was gone. The glass was gone. Most of the steel was gone. It had become dust and rolled down the streets of lower Manhattan (Fig. 1B) and rose up into the atmosphere (Fig. 1C, 2A), except the paper. The paper survived (Fig. 2B), which meant that the dust itself was not extremely hot and therefore not the result of explosive devices or any other process that would produce ambient heat that was sufficient to ignite paper.

Two of the largest buildings on Earth and several nearby buildings and all the contents of those buildings, including the steel, were turned almost entirely into a dust cloud that did not burn the people on the street as it passed over them (Fig. 2C). This is not easy to explain with conventional technology, or by any process that generates intense heat. Even more difficult to explain is the odd type of fuming that came from the remains of these damaged buildings. This fuming at Ground Zero lasted for at least one full year (Fig. 3A-B). Nothing that produced a cool dust cloud could stay hot for a year, therefore the fumes were not the result of residual heat from the initial attacks at Ground Zero.