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particularly hard, but they are heavy, which is a virtue in a penetrating projectile weapon.  Uranium is very heavy.  That it burns spontaneously means it doubles as an incendiary weapon, so that after penetrating the tank it burns out the tank from the inside.  

How hard is it to clean up fine, scattered dust?  Very.  Clean-up is possible if the Uranium oxide has not been widely scattered.  

Always, ingestion is the main issue.  Of course the tank crews die from burning, but anyone wandering by a day or a year later can be harmed by breathing or swallowing the dust.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 04:11:14 AM EST
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Gaianne:
Neither lead nor uranium are (none / 0) particularly hard, but they are heavy, which is a virtue in a penetrating projectile weapon.  Uranium is very heavy.
In fact, uranium is so heavy that it can be used to penetrate any non-radioactive metallic armor...

The fact that if is pyrophoric seems to be neither here nor there, despite the fact that white phosphorus is known to be very toxic and there's controversy over whether it should be considered banned already by existing non-conventional-weapon bans. So with "depleted uranium".

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 04:35:54 AM EST
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