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Swiss lakes hide explosive secret

By RobotGod     Mar 15, 2007 in World
Several thousand tonnes of surplus ammunition and explosives that were dumped at the bottom of Switzerland's lakes during the last century will remain there, the Swiss defence ministry said this week.
Between 1918 and 1960 about 10,000 tons of artillery andgrenades and bullets were stored in several swiss lakes. These include Lake Lucerne and Lake Thun, which are tourist spots. The defence ministry has reached an agreement with the locals on to not fish up the arsenals and to monitor water quality.
These dumps grew after WW2 after an underground storage bunker in the Alps exploded. They are spread out over several kilometers at 656 feet deep.
I guess they weren't very forward thinking at the time. These geniuses even used the waters for target practice later, adding to the pile. Well, everyone was that way back then, you just never thought about these things.
Just think about how many shipwrecks from ww2 litter the oceans and coastlines, not to mention planes....and nuclear subs...We've got some cleaning up to do. Some of it like the nuclear subs are pretty serious.
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