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Mines with time released herbicide for future marker

Mines with a delayed release herbicide that will clearly mark where they are.
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An international treaty needs to be passed that would make it mandatory for all future land mines laid to contain a time released herbicide, (that releases for years) or detectible chemical marker (for desert areas), that would make future dection possible after the strategic time period for the laying of the mine had passed. If armies have to have them at least help us find them after they are no longer needed!
Imathinker, Jul 12 2004

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       Still a good idea, though.
lostdog, Jul 12 2004
  

       I agree. Though if you're going to time release something, you might as well just time release a non-explosive self-destruct mechanism.
Worldgineer, Jul 12 2004
  

       Why not do the opposite, put seeds in them them that sprout a distinctive plant? Might last longer than the herbicide, and better for the environment.
5th Earth, Jul 12 2004
  

       "Desert" areas, not "dessert" areas.   

       Desert, like my name.
DesertFox, Jul 12 2004
  

       There you go... biological warfare. Mounds of dandelions and kudzu vines sprouting up everywhere, overtaking the opium fields.
RayfordSteele, Jul 12 2004
  

       This could be used for cluster bomb bomblets, that tend to pose the same dangers as landmines if they fail to explode after they are scattered.
Aristotle, Jul 12 2004
  

       Hmm...landmines around the sweets section of the buffet. That ought to make people think twice about that second helping of brownies.
Guncrazy, Jul 12 2004
  
      
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