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SCP-1037 (middle of photo) surrounded by affected material during Incident 1037-5.

Item #: SCP-1037

Object Class: Euclid (Formerly Safe)

Special Containment Procedures (Updated): SCP-1037 is to be contained in a 40 meter tall vertical shaft at Site-19. SCP-1037 is to rest in the center of two trapdoors attached to the walls of this shaft. Material affected by SCP-1037 is opaque; this has been exploited by making the trapdoors out of transparent plexiglass. Lasers attached to the ceiling of the containment shaft will connect with laser sensors at the bottom strategically aligned near the edges of the shaft.

If at least two laser sensors are unable to make contact with their respective lasers (i.e. the trapdoors have been converted to SCP-1037-affected material at a high percentage) the trapdoors will open, allowing SCP-1037 to fall onto the set of trapdoors below it. The affected trapdoors will then be delivered by automated system to the on-site incinerator.

The containment shaft has one trapdoor set for every 0.5 meters. On average, SCP-1037 activates one trapdoor set every 8 years. At its current rate, this containment system will be able to contain SCP-1037 uninterrupted until at least 2627 C.E. In the event of a power outage, containment breach, or any other event that compromises the primary containment shaft's ability to contain SCP-1037, it is to be suspended in gelatin in a secondary containment locker until the primary containment system is repaired.

Description: SCP-1037 is an SAE Grade No. 5 steel bolt, of the type used in many buildings with a steel or concrete frame. It is made from a medium-strength steel alloy, consisting of 97.5% iron, 1.2% tungsten, and 1.3% unknown substance.

SCP-1037 vibrates at a nanoscopic level, in a complex but structured set of frequencies ranging from 8500 Hertz to 900 Hertz. These vibrations are capable of crystallizing surrounding non-biological material into a visually identical version of the material of SCP-1037. In addition, SCP-1037-affected material (designated SCP-1037-1) vibrates identically to SCP-1037, leading to exponential spread of SCP-1037's effect, as long as SCP-1037 remains in contact with it. Given M grams of material, the amount of material (R) at any given time (t) in days after beginning of sustained contact with SCP-1037 is given by R = f(t) = M(e833.2t - 450.07) grams.

However, SCP-1037-1 is much more brittle than SCP-1037 itself, or its non-affected counterpart. Given enough time, structures made with SCP-1037 built in will collapse due to lack of structural integrity. It is assumed that, given enough time, SCP-1037 would be able to convert Earth in its entirety to SCP-1037-1. This would represent a N0K-Class "Contagious Material" Scenario, and, judging by the exponential equation above, would occur if SCP-1037 was in contact with the ground for approximately 8 years.

Discovery: SCP-1037 was discovered in 1875 by the American Secure Containment Initiative, a Foundation predecessor. The object itself was found in the primary installation of the bankrupted Ryland Laboratories, after the entire upper floor of the installation was converted to SCP-1037-1, and had partially collapsed. The building was torn down, and the SCP-1037-affected parts of it were moved to permanent storage.

Containment of SCP-1037 was transferred to the Foundation after the American Secure Containment Initiative merged with other organizations to create the modern Foundation.

Addendum 01: Recovered Document

The following letter was found on the premises of Ryland Laboratories during containment of SCP-1037:


We have been making excellent progress on the experiment. Our researchers have finally increased the experiment's vibrational frequency, so that the material can spread at an exponential rate, rather than the linear rate that we have been struggling with until now. They also managed to make it so the experiment only turns nonliving material, rather than everything. I think that this should reduce the lab accidents and finger amputations that have been troubling us, sir.

Unfortunately, the material is our largest problem at the moment. It is quite brittle, and any practical application of the experiment would be for naught, at this rate. We turned a metal panel, and a researcher was able to crack it with his son's slingshot.

Also, why are we getting orders to ship the experiment already, sir? I know that we have deadlines, but I feel that, if we let this continue, it will garnish the reputation of our excellent company, and in this economy, in my judgment, we shouldn't take that risk.

Addendum 02: Incident 1037-5

SCP-1037 was initially contained in a rubber-lined containment locker with no other measures to prevent conversion, as it was believed at the time that rubber was immune to SCP-1037's effects. Due to the object's Safe classification, regular inspections of SCP-1037's containment unit were not mandatory, and thus it was left alone for most of its containment.

On 05/19/1987, SCP-1037 had converted most of its containment locker to SCP-1037-1, accelerating its spread to noticeable levels. By 1500 hours, most of Corridor #45 of Site-19 was converted. Personnel and anomalies were evacuated from the East wing of the site, and the infected areas were separated from the remainder of the site with explosives.

Following quarantine, the infected areas were destroyed through the use of explosives. However, the wreckage of the site began converting the surrounding Earth to SCP-1037-material. At the discretion of Director Moose, gasoline and fire were used to destroy the wreckage, as it proved to be flammable.

SCP-1037 was recovered after the incident, having not been damaged by the explosives or gasoline.