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external image Sarin.pngThe chemical composition of an important nerve gas, sarin.

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Agricultural Uses of Chemicals

We are Chemicals. Chemicals, historically, have always been an important part of society, and will continue to do so until the end of civilization. We will forever be in use by humans, as we are so brilliant and useful. Chemicals can be used for many things. Firstly, chemicals can be used for agricultural purpose. We are great for farmers. Farmers love us, because we can make us into fertilizers that help their crops grow. We also increase crop yields and make the plants much larger than normal, because we can be synthesized specifically into forms that the plants can absorb. Furthermore, we make soils that are normally useless for farming into nutrient rich, fertile dirt. For these reasons, we are a great help to humankind.

Medical Uses of Chemicals

Not only are we dead useful for farmers, but doctors love us too. As Chemicals, we are particularly useful in healing and curing various human and plan illnesses. For example, humans are always consuming chemicals such as acetominophen and ibuprofen as pain killers for their various aches. Sick people with colds also drink cough syrup to relieve symptoms of the common cold. All these medicines are chemicals. We are also great at prevention as well. For instance, doctors regularly inject us, along with other substances, into patients, as vaccines to help protect against future infection. Speaking of infection, doctors use us to kill harmful bacteria and stop infection as well. Clearly, we have many important medicinal uses for people

Military Uses of Chemicals

Although our roles in war are not our proudest moments, we have still been effective weapons for those who have used us against their enimies. Chemical warfare has been going on for ages. People have been using chemicals in their weapons all the time. Back in the day, Native American warriors would tip their arrows in poisons from various plants and animal venoms so that their arrows would be more lethal. But organized chemical warfare would not really begin until the 20th century. The Great War was the first time we were used in full scale war at an organized level. The Germans were the the first to utilize us, and in 1915, they released canisters of chlorine liquid when the wind was blowing towards their enemies. The chlorine, which has a low vapor pressure, would evaporate quickly and become a volatile gas, and the wind would carry it to its destination, into enemy territory. Soon, the French and British would start using us as well, synthesizing new and deadly chemicals like mustard gas, chlorine, and phosgene. Then, in World War II, Germany again started using us, this time in mass killings of unwanted persons like Jews, Gypsies, and other minority groups of Europe. Although we're not particularly proud of our deadliness in these dark moments of human history, we have to admit, we were pretty effective.

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Blog Entry One: 1915: The Germans are finally using us in organized warfare. We are being deployed in the form of chlorine gas by canisters into enemy territory. Chlorine is an irritating chemical agent that causes severe burning in the nasal and respiratory passages. Pretty smart move on the part of the Germans. The French and British were never expecting it. Their military were incapacitated by the inability to breathe properly, helping us to win a majority of the battles during the beginning of the war.

Blog Entry Two: 1917: The British and French have developed mustard gas, which is a new chemical agent much more dangerous than the previously preferred gaseous weapon, chlorine. The benefit of mustard gas it that it does not need to be inhaled for its effects to begin working. As soon as it makes contact with the skin, it causes severe chemical burns. If inhaled, it will cause severe devastation of the respiratory lining and nasal passages. If it comes into contact with the eyes, it will also irritate them, and may cause blinding.

Blog Entry Three: 1942: The Germans have again called on us to help them to complete their tasks. This time, they are using a powerful chemical, hydrogen cyanide, in the insecticide Zyklon B. Hydrogen cyanide in an incredibly deadly chemical that induces dead within seconds of its inhalation. The Nazis used this as their gas of choice because they wanted to exterminate minoritiy populations, especiallyJews, in Europe. They rounded them up and put them into concentration camps. When they needed to kill many people at once, the victims were forced into gas chambers and gassed with hydrogen cyanide. In the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Nazis also employed us, in the form of tear gas, to quell rebels.

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