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What is the Shelf life of Mustard and Sarin?

  1. Jun 22, 2006 #1
    If U.S. soldiers in Iraq find munitions containing mustard and sarin that were abandoned in the 1980s, is it reasonable to still call them WMDs? How much would they have degraded in this time?
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2006 #2

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    If stored dry, the half-life of Sarin (an organophosphate) is about 5 hrs. In contact with moisture or basic solutions, OP's apparently breakdown in minutes.

    If interested - http://sulcus.berkeley.edu/mcb/165_001/papers/manuscripts/_543.html

    http://www.mitretek.org/ChemistryOfGBSarin.htm

    http://chip.med.nyu.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=124

    H is apparently quite stable.

    http://www.mitretek.org/ChemistryOfHMustard.htm
     
  4. Jun 24, 2006 #3

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