Originally Posted by Mustangman_2000
Just out of curiosity, what does a typical soil sample look like in proximity to a place like that? What about air quality?
The air quality is actually decent, just heavy particulate (fine dust in the air) most likely from thousands of years of camel shit. There is a constant prevailing SE to NW breeze here, so there is nothing lingering too much. O2 stays in the 20.9% range, so that's all that really matters
As far as the soil, it varies greatly from the three regions. I haven't sampled any in the Southern portion (where I am now), but in the Western Desert, there were some taken. This place is rich in nutriants, but nothing really giving away the Bio/CW that was expected. The water did, however, have a HIGH concentration of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material). It doesn't necessarily means what was detected was naturally occurring, but radioactivity was hitting like a sumbitch. This was only pulled from about 6 feet below the surface of the ground (the base I was on at the time was once the Euphrates River, so water was in shallow soil). That, itself, hints a lot, because it was probably coming from some buried shit Saddam was hiding. No telling if nothing is found, though.
In 91, the CIA was sampling in various parts near "cement plants" and hit on traces of CW's like Sarin. My samples were only to do environmental baseline surveys for sustainment bases. The Naval Preventative Medicing group did the actual testing.