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Authors:Janne Kjellsson: Swedish Defence Forces, Sweden
Publication title:Investigation, Mapping, and Location of Dumped Ammunition. A Project of the Swedish Armed Forces
Conference:Proceedings from the Third International Disposal Conference, Karlskoga, Sweden, 10–11 November, 2003
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:009
Article No.:011
Abstract:Old ammunition and explosives have been dumped in the Baltic Sea, small lakes, and depleted mines up to 1965. So far, the Swedish Armed Forces have mapped 106 different dump sites, most of them in lakes (75) and in the Baltic Sea (25). The locations are spread all over the country. When the Armed Forces started this project, the purpose was to:
  • find the exact location for each dumping;
  • investigate the risks for the environment and decide what sort of environmental influence is possible in the future;
  • assess the likelihood of spontaneous combustion;
  • explore the possibilities of salvaging the ammunition, if needed.

A short summary of the results of our investigations and tests is:
  • there are no good methods to locate ammunition buried in the bottom sediment of the sea;
  • dumped ammunition is not harmful to the environment;
  • there is no risk of spontaneous combustion as long as you do not move the ammunition;

there is no reason, from an environmental point of view, to salvage dumped ammunition.
Language:English
Year:2003
No. of pages:4
Pages:55–58
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/009/011/ecp030911.pdf
Available:2003-11-07
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Janne Kjellsson (2003). Investigation, Mapping, and Location of Dumped Ammunition. A Project of the Swedish Armed Forces, Proceedings from the Third International Disposal Conference, Karlskoga, Sweden, 10–11 November, 2003 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=009;article=011 (accessed 9/20/2014)