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What are the elements in mustard gas?
Mustard gas comprises four elements found on the periodic table: carbon, sulfur, chlorine and hydrogen. The sulfur and carbon lend to the gaseous appearance and smell in both solid and liquid states. The exact molecular formula is C 4 H 8 Cl 2 S. In its crude state, mustard gas resembles used motor oil: heavy and sludgy.
What is mustard gas used for in war?
Mustard gas is a vesicant (blister-inducing agent) first used in chemical warfare in World War I. It was also used in chemical warfare in Ethiopia in 1936 and in the Iran-Iraq war from 1984 to 1988. Small amounts are used in research as a model compound in biological studies of alkylating agents.
Do mustard masks protect against mustard gas?
Mustard gas was used to lethal effect during World War I, and early gas masks offered little protection. (Image: Susan Law Cain | Shutterstock.com) Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard (Cl-CH 2CH 2) 2S, is a chemical agent that causes severe burning of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract.
Is mustard gas a vesicant?
Classified as a vesicant because of blistering induced by skin contact, mustard gas inhalation causes severe respiratory injury.