Man, they could have pulled enough boiled fish out of there to feed a small city. They should have thrown a couple of tonnes of potatoes and carrots in first.
I love chemistry :rofl:
It was devoid of fish, or so said the narrator.
Oh... I couldn't make out most of the narration because the playback was jumpy on my system. Maybe I'll watch it again on a different one.
LOL, reminds me of the time I stuck a piece of magnesium in a bunsun burner flame in high school chemistry!
It certainly was after they dumped the Na into it.
Why they just didn't park it at the Hanford Reservation or Idaho, I don't know. Add to the list of stupid things that government does.
:rofl: Yeah, they were saying it was an alkaline lake, and I was wondering if that was before or after they started dumping in Na. :uhh: Anyone need a lake full of drain cleaner?
Well, if it did have an animal population, what would the result be after the sodium dump?
Come on, that was totally worth it! kaplowey.
20,000lbs heads for distruction ladies and gentleman! Yes you heard me right!
The rationale behind dumping it was also very stupid - "because a public (common) carrier wouldn't accept it for transport'. So why didn't the military transport it, or contact one on many chemical companies, one of whom probably made the material?
I just don't buy it. Monsanto, Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide, . . . . and so on, transported lots of hazardous materials.
How did the military get it in the first place?
Basically it would dissolve the flesh away from the skeleton.
In navy boot came they did a demo of what happens when Na and water mix. The instructor dropped a small chunk of Na into a 5 gal bucket of water, it imediatly launched itself high (~50+) into the air... way cool.
Yeah, you just have to wonder if some officer just didn't want to see what would happen.
RE Magnisium in a bunsen burner.
In a past job we had been casting aluminium parts in house and were changing to an external souce using Mg. We were looking for a way to strip paint from a new Mg part... put it in a furnace to burn it off.... all that was left was a pile of grey ash.
What I mean is, would there be some far-reaching effects to the animals both in and around the lake?
Thats a huge lake, and considering that most of the sodium burned, my guess is no. Actually, you could probably find out by seeing if lake lenore has any 'sodium contamination'
Metals burn to form metal oxides. Sodium oxide is an incredibly strong base, so it will still react with water the same way sodium does.
Na + H20 --> H2 + NaOH
Na2O + H20 --> H2 + NaOH
But those were 3 small barrels in a huge lake. I doubt they could devistate the waters.
6,670 pound small barrels?
how many millions of gallons of water in that lake?
Narrator says 3,500 lb barrels. It's closer to 6 barrels. But that's still small, so I get what you're saying.
And they threw it into a lake that is already high in salt content.
Now for an update on Lake Lenore -
This all reminds me a bit of the area 51 fiasco. Some of the stories told were horrific.
Wall Street Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1996
Sorry about the link. It was the easiest one to grab.
Anyway, it seems this sort of thing continues and is "justified" by issues of national security.
Area = 1670 acres, avg depth = 20ft => volume of water ~ 40 billion liters
Moles of Na dumped into lake = 20,000*1000/(2.2*23) ~ 0.5 million moles
Even assuming NaOH is 100% dissociated in water, this makes the pH only very slightly alkaline.
LOL that is nothing. Do you know how they used to dispose of cylinders full of 99% HBr, HCl, Cl2, and Br2 back in the old day????? Disposal companies would take them to an open field and shoot them with a gun so that all of those toxic gases would just dissipate into the atmosphere.
Ha the Navy even used to use huge cylinders full of Titanium tetrachloride (nasty stuff) as smoke screens during battle. When the canister hit the water a bunch of titanium oxides and HCl gas produced a smoke screen, but also corroded everything exposed to it.
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