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Subject: Steel corrosion process in salt Water

Date: Wed Aug 19 18:14:48 1998
Posted by Michael Gray
Grade level: teacher/prof
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City: New York State/Province: New York
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Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 903568488.Ch

Dear Scientists:
I would like to know the basic chemical process thats happens to steel when it 
stays emersed in salt water. 
I am a diver working in the East River of NY City and currentlly inspecting 
steel sheet piling ( unprotected by a coating ). I have observed numerous holes 
in the sheeting and would like to know
chemically why this is happening. I do understand that electrons are being 
exchanged but perhaps you can expound on this.
Thank you for your time it is most appreciated.
Michael Gray

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