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Stainless munitions in the Baltic sea threatens the Ecosystem

grenades, bombs, torpedoes: 300,000 tons of munitions lie on the seabed of the German Baltic sea. How big are the risks for the Ecosystem, scientists have been researching now.

ammunition on the bottom of the North sea and the Baltic sea, the environment harm even decades after the sinking. Scientists from Braunschweig and Bremerhaven showed traces of the ammunition from the Second world war in fish from the Baltic sea. Also mussels are affected, informed the Thünen-Institute in Braunschweig, Germany, and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven.

, The researchers found, according to their own information products of degradation of the explosive TNT, and arsenic-containing chemical warfare agents. Thus, it was clear that "toxic substances escape from the bombs". The organisms living there are not even exposed to the effect of the ammunition, when the rapidly degradable TNT was detectable.

Stainless munitions in the Baltic sea: a report on the high risk for the Ecosystem
tagesschau 12:00 PM, 07.02.2019, Frido Essen , RB

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