Molecular Corrosion Stones
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Item during superheating process

Item: Molecular Corrosion Stones
Type: Mineral
Living: Undetermined
Potential/Current Hazards Possible deterioration of unprotected systems within facility
Required Wear/Weaponry C-Class HAZMAT Suits upon chamber entry are mandatory
Location: Research Central Base: Four, Rm 331
Reported Anomaly: Molecular Dematerializer

Usage:

The item is to be used as a fast acting decomposition agent in both inorganic and organic substances posing threats to and/or for usage in Insurgency protocol or assignments.

Specimens that have been selected for study must be separated into blocks of 250 grams or less before being vacuum-sealed into plastic shrouds and kept in refrigerated storage. These specimens must be kept at temperatures of -10°C or lower, with canisters of liquid nitrogen to be kept on-site for emergency cooling. When handling, researchers must use a minimum protection method of C-Type HAZMAT suits and undergo a standard decontamination process at the end of each session. Failure to abide by this will result in disciplinary action. Individuals exposed to item without protection are to be kept within quarantine until it can be determined that any contamination has occurred.

Specimens that are discovered in the field must be isolated and secured; all instances are to be quarantined in a manner similar to biological agents that offer a significant hazard. This is required to keep potential active specimens contained and to aid in the presenting of cover stories. Should mass contamination of an area occur, sterilization of the affected and surrounding area may be required.

Report:

Item is a polycrystal silicon compound, first documented by recovery operatives when first uncovered in a coal mine in ███████, West Virginia during the Sax Sewell incident of 1968 (see Addendum CI-2218-01). It has since been located at multiple sites worldwide and is mostly relegated to rock strata from the Changxingian age of the Permian period, though occurrences in other rock strata have been identified.

In its inert form, Item resembles bituminous coal, though it is noticeably heavier and brittle. When superheated to approximately 400°C, asset will begin to begin to lose molecular stability and collapse into a fine powder. After superheating has been completed, provided Item has not been dispersed, the collapsed powder will begin to clump together and reform its solid shape after a period of approximately 3 to 5 minutes. In its destabilized state, Item is easily dispersed and on several occasions has been exposed to both wildlife and civilian populations. In its dispersed form, specimens of Item may enter an ‘active’ state and become capable of simple movement, achieving this by shifting particles on the underside of the specimen. Studies have shown that active specimens show a basic level of pattern recognition and will move in the direction of materials with a high heat signature.

Upon reaching said object/material, Item will spontaneously destabilize and spread across the object, covering as much of its surface area as possible before grinding against the covered surface and gradually breaking it down; minerals within the object are then dissolved and absorbed once exposed. An active victim of Item gradually loses mass at a rate of approximately ████ grams per minute, eventually breaking down and destroying molecular bodies and, theoretically, opposing the first law of thermodynamics.

Minor exposure of Item to open skin and orifice are likely to result in irritation and localized inflammation of the affected area, in both active and dispersed forms. Inhalation of dispersed particles of Item will normally lead to long-term respiratory diseases similar to emphysema and mesothelioma. In severe and rare instances, the inhaled particles will begin to reform within the lungs and cause severe trauma and, shortly afterwards, death of the affected.

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