Agent Orange In Vietnam

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The Vietnam War was a long war that was devastating to the United States as well as Vietnam. The war was a total disaster for the South Vietnamese and was also a political and social disaster for the United States. During this time, chemicals were used during times of war and were detrimental to the people on the receiving end. One instance of this was the United States’ use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Agent Orange’s use by the United States affected Vietnam in a negative way economically, demographically, and ecologically. Agent Orange had many negative effects, especially with the contamination of water sources and the disruption to the balance of the ecosystem. Even today, the Vietnamese population is still feeling the effects of the outrageous…show more content…
The defoliation in South Vietnam did not usher any critical quantifiable effect on the moisture in the atmosphere and therefore precipitation, yet because of the broad defoliation there was a change of the temperatures presented in the woods because of the lost shield from sunlight-based radiations and high gusts of wind. This influenced the lives of the lower life forms which are subject to the microclimatic specialties for development, survival and multiplication. Aside from this, the mangrove group in South Vietnam endured a great deal because of the herbicide shower by the United States. Between 1962 and 1971, U.S. military forces sprayed nearly 19 million gallons of herbicides over approximately 3.6 million acres in Vietnam. The preparation known as Agent Orange accounted for approximately 11.2 million gallons of the total amount sprayed. Also, when such thick woodlands were subjected to the harsh chemicals of Agent Orange, the leaves would begin dropping 2 after 3 weeks with the uncovered trees staying for quite a long time, steadily prompting complete defoliation. A while later when refoliation happens, it would be understood that 8 out of 10 trees have really kicked the bucket by the rehashed herbicide assaults which would thus bring about the annihilation of vegetation of more than 1.5 million acres. One prompt and extreme effect of the herbicidal assault on the biological…show more content…
The harsh chemicals completely destroyed everything in its path which made the lives of the Vietnamese very difficult. Even though the United States was using the chemical to help them in the war, it created a lasting impression on the Vietnamese population. Still today, people wake up feeling the effects of actions that took place over 40 years ago. From the veterans of the battlefield to the children being born now, the effects are still a shadow cast over the lives of this country. Nothing can really be done about the actions of the past, and it is just a part of history that the world will have to live with. Unfortunately, the people on the receiving end of this terrible action had and still must endure the pain of this chemical. The use of chemicals by any country on another is a terrible deed that causes many problems which can be seen from the actions of the United States against
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