Mir wrote:An interesting take on the Khmelnitski explosions that apparently took out a major DU stockpile - from an expert.
Recommended for those that think DU is just toxic or even completely harmless!
DU is buried somewhere within the penetrator and has a melting point of over 1000 degrees Celsius. I'm not an expert but you'll get a lot less heat even in a large conventional explosion, at least over any significant length of time. Therefore the idea that the DU burnt or evaporated into particles or whatever seems unlikely.
What's more likely, if the DU was present at that site, is that it would have been broken up and scattered over a wide area along with everything else. Into the soil, forests, rivers, marshes and so on surrounding the city. Over time it will degrade and make its way into the ecosystem and finally into humans, although this can take years or decades.
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