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Re: How does salt water effect wood chemically?

Date: Wed Jan 4 01:52:52 2006
Posted By: Kai Bester, assistant professor, waste and waste water mangement, institute for environmental analysis
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1131646144.Ch

Wood is not affected by seawater chemically.

However it is subject to biological attacks. Important effects are
microorganisms (biofouling), growing of mussels and especially of worms that eat
the wood. 
This is why wrecks of wooden ships do not last long in seawater, while similar 
wrecks can be found after centuries in fresh water.

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