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Silent Spring - Study Guide Chapter 3 "Elixirs of Death" Summary & Analysis

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Here, Carson provides minute details about the synthetic pesticides, which in less than twenty years have been so thoroughly distributed throughout the world that they are truly everywhere. Every human being now has contact with dangerous chemicals every moment of his life - even from conception. These chemicals have made their way deep into the groundwater; they stay in the soil to which they are applied, remaining detectable even 12 years later; they collect in the fatty tissues of wild and domestic animals. Animals are so widely affected that scientists have a hard time finding uncontaminated animals to serve as controls in experiments. For almost every human being on the planet, synthetic pesticides are present in mother's milk and probably in bodily tissues from the beginning. Chemical warfare in World War II led to the discovery of substances...

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