Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boom! — The U.S. drops 20,000 pounds of pure sodium into a lake 130 miles east of Seattle (circa 1947)

In 1947, the U.S. government dumped 20,000 pounds of sodium into a lake 130 miles east of Seattle. This video shows the US War Assets Administration disposing of steel drums filled with 20,000 pounds of pure metallic sodium by dumping them into the alkaline lake, Lake Lenore.

If you've ever seen a demonstration of sodium and water on YouTube, or in science class, you know what will happen.  Except, the time I saw this in a chemistry class, they used a couple of ounces. 

This YouTube footage is spectacular.


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