English-language abstracts of 143 articles and 3 conferences from the open Soviet technical literature of 1969, 1970, and early 1971, relevant to the interactions of explosions and shock waves with the ground, the atmosphere, and materials. They are grouped under these 20 headings: shock waves in solids, interaction of shock waves with solids, shock waves and explosions in gases, laser interaction with plasma, gas breakdown due to lasers, radiation effects of laser-induced breakdown, laser interaction with solids, deformation, radiation damage, static high pressure research of solids, soil mechanics, electron beams, hypersonic flow past bodies, hypersonic trails, equations of state for gas, exploding wires, atmospheric physics, instrumentation and measurement, conferences, and miscellaneous. The conferences reported are (1) the Second All-Union Symposium on Combustion and Explosions, (2) the Fifth All-Union Conference on Strength and Plasticity: The Mechanics and Physics of Destruction, and (3) the Thirteenth Scientific and Technical Conference of the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Electrical Machine Building. 119 pp.
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