Military drop 30,000 pounds of Sodium in a lake and enjoy the explosions - video

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Military drop 30,000 pounds of Sodium in a lake and enjoy the explosions - video

In the days before environmental regulations, the War Assets Administration disposed of its metallic sodium from WWII the old-fashioned way by throwing it into Washington's Lake Lenore and watching it go boom. Just more proof that Health and safety regulations have made the world a more boring place. However it was entirely safe as it was an alkali lake with no life in it and its helping to neutralize the lake. The sodium formed sodium hydroxide in the water, which reacted with other metals to create safe, neutral salts.

One reason for the existence of so much sodium was its use in the formation of synthetic rubber, SBR or BUNA-S. Rubber was in short supply after Japan occupied virtually the whole rubber-producing world (the plantations being in the Philippines and the East Indies), so a synthetic source was needed. Synthetic rubber of the time was fashioned from butadiene and styrene, with a sodium catalyst.

By netchicken: posted on 27-2-2012








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