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Deadly nerve agents like mustard gas and sarin. High powered explosives. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of the most toxic materials known to humanity lie scattered on the floor of the world's oceans – in barrels that are possibly rusting away and releasing their lethal contents. The results could make Chernobyl look like a child's chemistry experiment gone awry. While we worry about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of rogue states, the West's legacy may prove far more dangerous. Between the Second World War and the 1970s, millions of tons of chemical weapons and munitions were dumped or dropped into the ocean by the US, Britain, Canada, the Soviety Union and Germany and forgotten. They were considered buried and done with. In many cases, nobody bothered to mark their locations. Information about known dumps was either mishandled or suppressed. Now uncover some of the most dangerous dump sites and learn how the threat they pose is being managed. The oceans are vast and unknown; it took almost 75 years to find the wreck of the Titanic. Finding weapons lying underwater proves infinitely harder – and far more urgent.


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