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    depleted uranium used in military ammo

    i heard about this in a conversation, is this causing any health problems? is it an urban legend?

    #2
    I have always understood the A-10 Warthog fired depleted uranium rounds from its main cannon.
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      #3
      Lead is not the best thing for you, but depleted uranium seems scary, millions of rounds hidden everywhere after a military action to slowy cook the remaining population with radiation
      Last edited by akamai; 11/22/2003 10:05pm, .

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        #4
        The US and other countries do use depleted uranium in armor penetrating munitions. There are varying opinions on its degree of safety. Just put "depleted uranium" in google and a bunch of stuff comes up. There are some anti-DU sites that say some harsh stuff, but more credible scientific sources say that DU does not pose a significant health risk unless you are shot with it.

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          #5
          because depleted uranium is so dense it is very effective in projectiles, im just thankful they are only using the depleted stuff (not that they didnt try short range nuclear weapons, i believe the "davey crockett" was one of the more famous examples.)
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            #6
            Even natrually occuring uranium has pretty low radioactivity. In order to used in nuclear bombs and reactors it has to be "enriched". That is the nasty stuff.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Punisher
              The US and other countries do use depleted uranium in armor penetrating munitions. There are varying opinions on its degree of safety. Just put "depleted uranium" in google and a bunch of stuff comes up. There are some anti-DU sites that say some harsh stuff, but more credible scientific sources say that DU does not pose a significant health risk unless you are shot with it.
              Not unless you're shot with it? Well then, them putting it in ammo's no big deal then?:D

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                #8
                i heard about the short range nukes, and the bunker busting micro nukes, would be bad if they begin to use them as "conventional weapons"
                in regards to depleted uranium, one wonders if it has any long term affect on our own soldiers. during peace time, perhaps not, but all ammo causes some fouling, and if you are shooting these things day in and day out, and cleaning out the fouling in your weapon all the time, seems sooner or later traces of it would get into your body, and that can't be good

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                  #9
                  akamai, yea i think the us millitary stopped using them quite a while back, their strategy left a little to be desired:

                  1.dig a hole

                  2.launch the nuke

                  3.jump in your hole, because you are well inside the blast radius

                  @punisher

                  if my memory hasnt failed me isnt it U232 and U238 that are usually mined? U235 being "the one that goes bang"
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                    #10
                    depleted uranium was used as ammunition against tanks with "reactive" armour originally, unforunately, they are used TOO much nowadays and we have YET to know the TRUE extent of their danger.

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                      #11
                      mancuria,

                      You're mostly right. Most natrually occuring uranium (99.3%) is U238 with the remainder mostly being U235. "Enriching" is a chemical process that raises the percentage of U235 to useful levels. Typical reactor grade is 3-5% U235 and nuclear weapons grade is close to 90%. The depleted uranium used in armour piercing munitions has almost no U235, even less that natrual levels.

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                        #12
                        Fadel, 7 years old, came from Basra, South of Iraq. Depleted uranium, with it metal toxicity and radiation, has damaged her liver and kidneys. A needle was injected into her body to draw out the abdominal dropsy. She died soon after the painful injection.



                        Baby born with anencephaly. His shocked mother disappeared from the hospital.

                        Depleted uranium (U-238) is made from uranium hexaflouride, which is the non-fissionable by-product of the uranium enrichment process completed at facilities in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The process removes fissionable
                        U-234 and U-235 to make nuclear bombs and reactor fuel.

                        The remaining uranium, which is 99.8% uranium 238, is called depleted uranium. The term depleted implies it isn't dangerous, when in fact, it is deadly. This waste product is disposed of by producing weapons, armor, and concrete (DUCRETE).


                        For more information, see:
                        A good description of DU:
                        http://cadu.members.gn.apc.org/whatisdu.htm

                        DU - Hysteria or Real Health Threat? by Judy Blyth
                        http://www.anawa.org.au/weapons/du.html

                        Use of DU: A Crime Against Humanity by Doug Rokke
                        http://prop1.org/2000/du/00du/000413dr.htm

                        A description of DU:
                        http://www.balkansyndrome.com/
                        Last edited by patfromlogan; 11/23/2003 12:31am, .
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                          #13
                          As horrible as those images are, they are not scientific evidence. Sources like you have provided have clear agendas and relatively little proof to support their fears.

                          Most of the scientific evidences says DU muntions do not pose a large radioactive or toxic risks.

                          http://www.deploymentlink.osd.mil/du_library/

                          http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/faq_17apr.htm

                          http://www.nato.int/du/home.htm

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                            #14
                            Heavy metal is not healthy - period.
                            How much of a risk depleted uranium is - need proper studies.
                            Punisher`s links - judging from a quick glance - are vague as hell.
                            Furthermore, these sources are concerned with servicemen. It may be possible that civilians continuing to live in settlements after theiy have been bombed face a much higher risk. I understand this happened in Basra.

                            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/2860759.stm

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                              #15
                              DU is also used in the Abram's armor

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