Researchers Warn of Possible Contamination from WWII-Era Missiles Dumped in Baltic Sea


Researchers in Poland believe a large cache of roughly 8,000 missiles and bombs that were dumped into the Baltic Sea post-WWII are a possible cause for increasing fish mutations, with studies showing genetic defects and diseases of fish populations in the area.

The abandoned goods include chemical weapons, 80 percent of which have been discovered to be deadly mustard gas. Although the cold water has rendered it a heavy substance, scientists are warning that it still poses a threat to the marine ecosystem in which it rests.

The cache was located by the EU’s Chemical Munitions Search and Assessment project, which has uncovered several other previously unknown chemical weapon dumping zones in the Baltic Sea.



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